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Maybe you love this - that's the beauty of watch collecting, different styles for every taste.
But at 56.5mm, and about as thick as a limpet mine, you really need to love 'em big....
If the hands weren't set at the 'model pose' of 10:10, could you actually tell the time at a glance.... honestly?
I bring you, the 'X fathoms'




And, just to show not even 'my' forum brand is sacred here is the new Oris BC3 that will be issued to SEALs and Spetsnaz for Arctic/Snow deployments:



Okay, I made that up....
I can see the Oris as a nice fashion statement, if you like white on white on white on white... it's kind of the polar opposite of the stealth pvd/dlc black on black watches that are uber cool at the moment :T.

This post is not intended to criticise per se, I'm just bemused by the incredible variety of designs out there, sometimes from brands you wouldn't expect.
(and besides, this is from a man with a great big Mickey Mouse watch in the collection.... :blush:)
 

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I don't get that Blancpain either. If you could get the hands to spin fast enough it would dice, slice, and even purée! Act now and you can double your purchase! Operators are standing by!

....okay, I smacked myself for the silliness. Seriously, Blancpain took one of the all-time most legible watches and muddled the dial. :blink: Quite a contrast to the iconic über-Spartan bezel. And what the heck is that lever on the side for? I now have a new "watch I'd least like to get beaned in the head with" based on size and caseside protuberances.
 

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There is such a thing as having TOO many things on the dial. Not a big fan of a "busy" watch
 

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There is such a thing as having TOO many things on the dial. Not a big fan of a "busy" watch
Agreed, way too much going on there. I guess it's part and parcel of having an 'X' in the name of your product. I mean, look at the thing, it's XTREME!!!1!!1!1!!!!:lol:
 

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Blancpain's own words and all I was doing was trying to figure out how to tell the time, way too much info going on :confused1::confused1:

"Depth measure up to 90 meters and maximum depth reached memory, separate indication on the 0-15m scale with an exceptional +/- 30 cm precision, retrograde 5-minute counter for decompression stops, the X Fathoms concept watch abounds in world firsts. Its movement, reference 9918B, is based on the Manufacture-made Calibre 1315, which has already proved its worth by successfully powering several models in the Fifty Fathoms collection. Self-winding and equipped with three barrels ensuring a five-day power reserve, it is provided with a silicon balance-spring to withstand magnetic disturbances. Its imposing 55.65 mm case made of satin-brushed titanium is water-resistant to 30 bar. It features a helium decompression valve for saturation diving and the unidirectional rotating bezel characteristic to the collection for almost 60 years.

Research and testing conducted by Blancpain show that the elastic properties and the resistance to permanent deformation of amorphous metal make this material ideal for the depth gauge membrane. This choice allows to reduce its thickness by half compared to steel and gain in precision. It also allows avoiding the risk of microcracks formation given the long-term stability of the alloy. However, the non-linear nature of the membrane deformation had to be corrected. The ingenious solution to this problem is given by the asymmetrical toothing of the rack and pinion that linearises the curve of the membrane deformation. The individual calibration of each X Fathoms guaranties maximal precision of depth indications.

Displays result from in-depth research to offer optimal legibility, with central depth indication hands, matt black background colour to enhance contrast and three-colour luminescence to distinguish indications useful underwater. The most complex injected rubber strap ever conceived gives the final finishing touch. It comprises 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."
 

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:001_rolleyes: That BP is up for, 'Kluge of the Year', and the Oris is hopeless.
I don't know about 'hopeless' but it seems more like the all white Chanel(?) ceramic watches; much more of a fashion accessory than a watch.
We don't really have many female members posting regularly (where's Salleh these days?) but I'd like to get a woman's perspective of the Oris.
 

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At least with the Chanel you could easily read.
I don't know about 'hopeless' but it seems more like the all white Chanel(?) ceramic watches; much more of a fashion accessory than a watch.
We don't really have many female members posting regularly (where's Salleh these days?) but I'd like to get a woman's perspective of the Oris.
 

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Blancpain is one of my top 5 watchporn brands, but I kinda think they could have stopped at the first Fifty Fathoms model.

But the 'X' is definitely not as bad as those completely black watches. Heaven help anyone trying to read one of those in adverse light conditions once their eyesight starts to go on them! Maybe OK for the military, but not this civilian!!!
 

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I don't know about 'hopeless' but it seems more like the all white Chanel(?) ceramic watches; much more of a fashion accessory than a watch.
We don't really have many female members posting regularly (where's Salleh these days?) but I'd like to get a woman's perspective of the Oris.
That Oris is too unreadable to be a timepiece and too plain to be jewelry.

Although my studies emphasized adult cognitive psychology and how it affects learning, I've touched a bit on Piaget's theory of childhood cognitive development. The first phase is sensorimotor, which starts at birth and lasts until about age 2. In the later stages of the sensorimotor phase, the child begins to interact with his or her environment to a greater extent. They are still a few years away from the development of logical thought; at this point they only create causal links between events.

Clearly Blancpain is targeting this nascent generation of future watch purchasers by releasing the X Fathoms, which resembles a "busy baby" activity toy designed for children in this phase.

Flip it over to gaze at the exhibition back and I bet you'll see this movement:


(image from Amazon.com)
 

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Coastcat, is that BusyBaby an automatic or a manual wind? :blink:
 
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