by Kyle Stults on April 08, 2014
Before we get to the last of Blancpain’s new additions to the 2014 Villeret collection, let’s switch it up with a look at the new Fifty Fathoms Bathyscape Chronograph. The Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe line debuted last year in basic 3-handed models & steel cases. This year the line is really stepped up with a satin-brushed black ceramic case and ceramic bezel. On top of this, Blancpain has fitted this watch with a new automatic mechanical manufacture caliber — the Blancpain Cal. F385. The Cal. F385 is a column wheel chronograph with vertical clutch; it has a silicon balance spring and beats at 36,000 vph. Moreover, this is a water-resistant chronograph — the pushers are constructed to enable use underwater to depths of 300 meters. Exceptional features for a chronograph watch.
First look quick look…
***UPDATE: See our “closer look” at the Tudor Black Bay blue, with extensive photo gallery, here>>>
Not to be outdone by its bigger brother Rolex, Tudor also has a strong lineup this year, including this new Heritage Black Bay with blue bezel. It comes on a dark blue aged-leather strap for $3,100 or a polished steel bracelet for $3,425. Both versions come with a fabric strap as well. And don’t overlook the white “snowflake” hands which look very nice inside the blue bezel.
With this our official coverage of Baselworld 2014 beings: Rolex has just unveiled the Sea-Dweller 4000, featuring a 40 mm case, black ceramic bezel, helium escape valve and depth rating of 4000 feet (1220m). The bracelet is also upgraded with Rolex’s Glidelock & Fliplock clasp features on the bracelet. The caliber is the Rolex 3135.
This is certainly an intriguing release — a “reissue” of sorts. The Sea-Dweller first debuted in 1967 and was discontinued in 2008, which I suppose makes the new 116600 one that purists might love.
Omega is re-issuing the Seamaster 300 this year, and here is your first look. Originally introduced in 1957, the OMEGA Seamaster 300 makes a comeback in 2014 complete with Omega’s most advanced design and watchmaking innovations. Interesting, among other details, is the “Master Co-Axial” notation on the dial (photo below), the “sandwich dial”, bracelet with polished center links with fine adjustment, ceragold bezel inlay (two-tone model), and “broad-arrow” hands. This watch will hit retail display cases November 2014.