Here it is…and the Blancpain X Fathoms looks to be quite an impressive dive watch. For now I will quickly say that it has a built-in depth gauge capable of measuring both current and maximum depth (up to 90 meters) — max depth is the the small inner hand with the squarish red tip and current depth is the yellow-tipped inner hand. At the 10 o’clock to 11 o’clock is a retrograde gauge for decompression (up to five minutes), and this gauge is activated by a lever at 10 o’clock.
Back with full specs in awhile…
Update: See specs below. Seems the watch is inspired by a 1953 ancestor (of same name?), which I like. At 55mm, the case size is absolutely enormous — a bit off-putting for me, despite the technical marvel of this watch. Seriously — 55mm case? Blancpain also claims a “The most complex injected rubber strap ever conceived” featuring 14 articulated parts to ensure a perfect fit on the wrist and allow water to seep in under the watch in order to come in contact with the membrane under all circumstances. Alright, OK, good work on the new strap. This watch is really nothing more than a showpiece, but I guess that’s not such a bad thing.
Blancpain X Fathoms Dive Watch
55.65mm x 24mm satin brushed titanium case, automatic mechanical BLANCPAIN caliber 9918B (based on the Caliber 1315, used in several Fifty Fathoms models),