WHAT A WATCH!! I am so happy!!

May 26, 2021,18:10 PM

Ok, forget my countless (and completely fruitless) vows that I will not buy a watch again for a long time.

I have prescribed myself a hard watch diet after buying my IWC MR in November 2019, after buying my Moser Perpetual Purity in February 2020, after buying my Fiddy (PAM 127) shortly afterwards and after buying my IWC Da Vinci Perpetual Rattrapante in September 2020.

I feel bad because I am so weak and undeniable a complete WIS.
I feel at least a little bad. For a short moment. A very short moment. LOLLLLL….

When I look at HER now, I am fine.

I ordered this Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Automatique Red Gold with Blue Ceramic Dial last Friday after a long period of heavy research. And I was amazed when I received a message from my AD today that the watch was already in the house and ready to be picked up.

It is my first FF, even my first BP. So I read everything I found about the watch and the movement including the fantastic blogs of our dear Henrik.

A few weeks ago, I started a thread in this forum where I addressed the (apparent) contradiction of a divers watch in a case of precious metal.

Since a dive watch with a 300m water-resistant brushed red gold case that has a diameter of 45 mm and a height of 15,4 mm combined with a gorgeous blue ceramic dial and a glossy sapphire bezel insert is a kind of … statement.

Someone wrote, this watch is “turning the paradigm of utilitarian objects on their head”. I love this.

On the other hand, our dear Count wrote as an answer to my post: “Rose gold for a classic diver is the best material imho. Great choice. Rose gold looks vintage per sé and a rose gold diving watch reminds me of antique diving gear.”
I cannot add anything more to that.

And in addition to that quality “flows from all pores” of this watch and can be simply called a very serious watchmaking.

There is the high quality of this historic case, the cobalt-like blue shimmer of the ceramic dial creating a pleasing contrast between the sunburst centre of the dial and the matt ring around. And not to forget the super luminova infused numerals, hour-markers and hands and the slightly curved scratchproof sapphire crystal.

The sapphire case back shows the wonderful 1315 movement equipped with a very dense red gold oscillating weight ensuring high winding efficiency as well as three series-coupled mainspring barrels that provide an optimal power reserve of 120 hours (five days) when the watch has been fully wound.

The 1315, which has been specially designed for sports watches, is a large movement (5.65mm thick and 30.60mm in diameter). Also, the jewels seem larger in diameter than conventionally found on most calibres. It has a balance spring made of silicon which leads to low density that makes it particularly light, strong shock-resistant and insensitive to magnetic fields.

The “Naked Watchmaker” calls this movement a “work-horse” and praises the high quality of watch and movement:
“The construction of the case including bezel and winding crown is synonymous with one of the strongest available on the market today. The extended power reserve on the movement differentiates this diver's watch from others. The readability of the dial and the bezel both with Super-Luminova detail is another element that defines this piece. Although quality is a subjective point of view, amongst all the diver's watches I have handled, this one, combined with its faraday-like cage, distinguishes itself.”

Yes, and I have to say, that after wearing this watch for about five hours now, it feels extremely well on my wrist.

I will report about my further impressions (including accuracy) after wearing may new BP a few days.

Now I must stop and celebrate my watch honeymoon.

Thanks a lot for reading!


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Merci beaucoup, mon ami!

 By: MTR : May 26th, 2021-22:25
Finally…. And definitely a good decision.

Thank you so much for your kind words, dear Henrik!

 By: MTR : May 26th, 2021-22:44
And yes, your threads here and your blogs outside of this forum were really helpful and kept the fire burning. Cheers Thomas

I am happy for you Thomas

 By: Weems@8 : May 26th, 2021-18:32
You share your positive vibe the Blancpain gives you. Stop buying watches and break the self promise is a sign of your watch personality. If i’ve got questions about Blancpain, i know who i can ask. I do not want to disturb your honeymoon for awhile, enjo... 


 By: MTR : May 26th, 2021-22:32

Dear Weems@8,

 By: MTR : May 26th, 2021-22:38
you cannot disturb my honeymoon with your friendly post! On the contrary: I was very happy about your lines. And yes, you are always welcome to ask me about Blancpain. But be careful: there are many here who know a lot more than I do! 😊 Cheers Thomas

I remember the excitement of buying my first BP (can it be 18 years ago?)

 By: cazalea : May 26th, 2021-19:00
It's a truly mind-blowing experience, isn't it? Many Congratulations -- that watch is beautiful! Somehow I let this one get away... Cazalea ...  

Thank you, cazalea

 By: MTR : May 27th, 2021-01:25
respectively Mike (?), if I remember one of the threads well? Yes, you describe it very well, it is indeed a truly mind-blowing experience… I appreciate your Ex-Half Hunter. A beautiful watch, too. I hope it wasn’t your only BP? Cheers Thomas

Oh no, not the only one

 By: cazalea : May 27th, 2021-02:25
I still have these two: Mike ...  

That’s reassuring! 😊

 By: MTR : May 27th, 2021-22:59
Your BPs are unique and special.

Congrats Thomas!!!

 By: agyzace : May 26th, 2021-19:34
The Bugatti of divers in a material that reinforces its status imo . Enjoy it in the best of health! Alex

Thanks a lot, dear Alex!

 By: MTR : May 26th, 2021-22:50
Indeed, this watch in brushed red gold is really a stunner. I really longed for this FF in this special case material, and I don't regret it for a second. Cheers Thomas ...  

The brushing of BP is so well done and indeed it makes red gold look amazing

 By: agyzace : May 27th, 2021-05:13
Keep enjoying this amazing piece and we look forward to many more pics!

I can't stop

 By: MTR : May 27th, 2021-23:29
taking photos, even when I'm on the couch and watching TV. LOLLLL ...  

Wow! A really marvel you have there!

 By: MTR : May 27th, 2021-01:30
Thanks a lot for your compliments. I don't dare to say it, but I made these quick shots just with my simple iPhone 11. So, nothing special. And remember the pics of our Henrik. These are really stunning photos!! Cheers Thomas P.S.: This brand and especial... 

Congratulations on getting this one Thomas ...

 By: Cpt Scarlet : May 26th, 2021-19:44
I think you made a great choice, enjoy !

Thank you, dear Captain and

 By: MTR : May 27th, 2021-01:39
“fellow addict”. 😊 The “choice” is made rather easy when you let your heart speak. This hobby resp. addiction is all about pure … emotion. I do remember that we have a similar taste when it comes to pieces that are not so … common (Zenith Pilot Montre d’A... 

d’Aéronef Type 20 ...

 By: Cpt Scarlet : May 27th, 2021-21:19
I completely agree, it’s an epic watch !

So true!

 By: MTR : May 27th, 2021-22:40

My experience as well.

 By: MiguelFlash : May 26th, 2021-23:25

I am very curious which

 By: MTR : May 28th, 2021-11:17
model you own? Best Thomas

sorry bad picture

 By: Chronometer (aka yacomino) : May 28th, 2021-13:04

I have to say

 By: MTR : May 28th, 2021-18:36
I'm getting more and more of a soft spot for Blancpain… Best Thomas


 By: MTR : May 27th, 2021-01:47
I am very curious how my FF will behave in (my) real life. In the meantime, I've become more relaxed when it comes to accuracy. I'm no longer an accuracy freak because it took away some of my joy when a watch wasn’t performing … well. It’s a piece of art ... 

I would agree with your sentiment on this and I too am learning to be relax about this. That said, having a piece of art that is on top accurate just add to the please of ownership for me...

 By: Chronometer (aka yacomino) : May 27th, 2021-10:02
So my perspective on accuracy changed from being a negative when not present to becoming instead an additional positive when there. So yes it is still important, but it plays a different role in my love for horology

Very well said.

 By: MTR : May 27th, 2021-22:53
A thoroughly positive approach! Cheers Thomas

I tried this on at the boutique

 By: MiguelFlash : May 26th, 2021-23:23
Exquisite! Congratulations on a wonderful watch 👏👏👏

Thank you, dear Miguel!

 By: MTR : May 27th, 2021-01:50
I still remember your “I vote for blue” in my previous thread. Did you make some wrist shots. Will you pull the trigger? Best Thomas

Thanks a lot for your warm-hearted post, my dear friend!

 By: MTR : May 27th, 2021-01:57
I appreciate your comments very much since I like your style and admire your tasteful watch collection whenever I read your posts. I am proud to be a member of the “BP club” now. Thanks again for your kind words, Tony. Now I have to put my smartphone - an... 

Thank you, dear nacelle,

 By: MTR : May 27th, 2021-22:27
also that you accompany me on my journey. By the way, I like your Pallweber 150 very much! 😊 Cheers Thomas

Thank you as well...

 By: nacelle : May 28th, 2021-12:20

Wow, congrats! That is a stunning combo! The 1315 is so solid and so well finished it deserves the gold case 😁

 By: Fastwong : May 27th, 2021-04:07
If there was ever a dive watch that could look at home in gold it is this one, really special IMHO.

Thank you, Fastwong!

 By: MTR : May 27th, 2021-22:32
Yes, RG seems to be a great combo. And this satin brushed case really … glows in soft light. You can see it even on my poor iPhone pics from this evening. Cheers Thomas ...  

Nice Bronze FF :)

 By: Arronax : May 27th, 2021-07:15
Just kidding, what a stunner! I almost got a steel one 10 years ago, back then the price difference between the 8 day luminor, the new cartier diver and the FF wasnt that big. I really wanted a handwound movement and ended with the panerai but the FF was ... 

You caught me! :)

 By: amanico : May 27th, 2021-07:44


 By: MTR : May 27th, 2021-22:37
😎 ...  

You should try a FF again.

 By: MTR : May 27th, 2021-22:36
I really love the presence, robustness and uniqueness of Panerai. But this BP is a completely different world of watchmaking. Best Thomas

Congratulations on getting this beautiful piece!

 By: terbaboom : May 27th, 2021-08:31
i think the rose gold goes very well with the blue dial, bezel and strap.

Yes, it really does.

 By: MTR : May 27th, 2021-23:18
Also in poor light conditions. Cheers Thomas ...  

Thank you, dear GM!

 By: MTR : May 27th, 2021-23:09
The word “ravishing” is pretty apt. I am really blown away with this watch. Cheers Thomas

Congrats!! Looks amazing on you!

 By: emijar3 : May 27th, 2021-15:49
I recently picked up this beauty!! Wear it in best health!! ...  

Aaaaahhh…. the Grande Date!

 By: MTR : May 27th, 2021-22:50
This is a great watch! I like the satin-brushed titanium case very much. And the the position of the big date window at 6. Together with the removed applied numerals at 3 and 9 this leads to a great balance on the dial. Best Thomas

Thank you! 😊

 By: MTR : May 27th, 2021-22:22
And yes, the movement is a marvel… Cheers Thomas ...  


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 By: MTR : May 27th, 2021-22:38

Dear Galen, thank you for your kind words and your great feedback!

 By: MTR : June 16th, 2021-11:45
I have to admit that I'm still in the honeymoon phase. It even goes so far that I took the watch with me to the office today, because I don’t want to part with it after a few days at the lake. I don't normally wear colored gold watches in the office. I ha...  

Thomas you definitely have to make an exception.

 By: Galen : June 16th, 2021-13:01
That watch is pure class. It makes the hair on the back of my neck stand up. I have never really known anything about Blancpain. I will be sure to do some research on The brand. In the past many years I’ve been somewhat of a Patek fan boy.. And I am sorry... 

You are really very nice and your post gives me great pleasure!

 By: MTR : June 16th, 2021-14:03
In my humble opinion you can't avoid brands like ALS or Blancpain and many independents if you value high manufacturing artistry combined with a comprehensible price-performance ratio. I have learned that these untrodden paths (where the market is not yet...  

I completely agree Thomas. I am a watch enthusiast and watch lover.

 By: Galen : June 16th, 2021-14:35
I am not an investor in watches whatsoever. I buy watches for the mechanical artistry and pure visual pleasure. My brother likes boats and enjoys buying them. I always make this comparison. I spend almost as much on a few watches as he does on a boat yet ...