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Blancpain “Ocean Commitment” Bathyscaphe Chronograph Flyback
by Kyle Stults on October 15, 2014

Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe Chronograph Flyback Ocean Committment

Well it’s been a big week (the new Patek Grandmaster Chime grand comp, and the similarly impressive Vacheron Constantin I showed you before that), but believe me there are many more watches in my queue to show you.  Like this one.  So let’s switch gears a bit and look at this new release from Blancpain.   It has a mouthful of a name — officially the “Blancpain Ocean Commitment Bathyscaphe Flyback Chronograph” — and there’s a reason for that, as I will explain in more detail below.   But the other exciting there here is that this watch is yet another piece with Blancpain’s new high-frequency, in-house chronograph, the F385.  I really like this caliber.

Aesthetically, the Ocean Commitment Bathyscaphe Flyback is housed in a satin brushed gray ceramic case, with a ceramic crown and ceramic chronograph pushers and a unidirectional blue ceramic rotating bezel marked with liquidmetal indexes.  The blue color theme is carried over to the dial, which offers three subdials for the chronograph counters and small seconds display. On the back of the watch, the movement and winding rotor are visible through the clear case back. The winding this limited series bearing the logo for the Ocean Commitment.

This watch is beautifully designed and proportioned in every way.  And it is a limited, numbered edition of only 250 pieces, the first in a series of LE’s as part of the Ocean Commitment initiative.  More looks and det’s below.
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Hublot, Antikythera, the EXOSUIT, and the EXO4000
by Kyle Stults on October 09, 2014

Hublot Oceanographic EXO4000 dive watch

In 1901, the “Antikythera” treasure was discovered in Greek waters, where the remains of what is probably the oldest “astronomical calculator” in the world were uncovered.  Hublot became involved with the Antikythera project in 2011 first by lending support to an exhibition at the Musée des Arts et Métiers in Paris, then by partnering a major project at the Archaeological Museum of Athens which created a special Antikythera room with a giant armoured, earthquake-resistant display case, manufactured in Switzerland to Hublot’s order, to showcase the remains of the mechanism.  And of course there is also Hublot’s wrist-sized recreation of the Antikythera mechanism, the Hublot “Tribute to Antikythera.”  Whether you like Hublot or not, you gotta admit that they are involved in some rather special projects, the Antikythera here is case in point.   Check out more, below.
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Romain Jerome Titanic-DNA Octopus Watch Review
by Kyle Stults on August 13, 2014

Romain Jerome Octopus #womw #yacht

While adventuring around the Bahamas this summer I brought along with me a Romain Jerome Titanic-DNA Octopus.  The Octopus has been out a year or two now, but this was the first time I had a chance to lay hands on the watch.  Overall I found the Octopus to be a worthy island-exploring and water-going companion.  Below is a short video review I prepared…and a boat load of pics.  Enjoy!
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Special Report: Rolex Deepsea D-Blue Dial Edition
by Kyle Stults on August 04, 2014

Rolex DEEPSEA header and logoRolex Deepsea D-Blue gradient dial

If ever an event was worthy of a special commemorative Rolex, James Cameron’s journey to (and exploration of) the deepest place on earth, the Mariana Trench, would be it.  The new Rolex Deepsea “D-Blue Dial” edition is distinguished first and foremost by its two-tone gradient dial, a Rolex first.   Otherwise sharing all of the features of the first Deepsea that Rolex unveiled in 2008 (though a far cry from the ultra-robust specs of the THREE experimental Rolex Deepsea Challenge watch that went down with James Cameron (more on this new revelation below), I’ll walk you through the new Rolex Deepsea “D-Blue” in this Perpetuelle Special Report.

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