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A fiery temperament and a passion for speed are the signature features of the latest Blancpain sports watch: the Speed Command Chronograph. The exterior of this distinctive chronograph highlights new materials, while its technical functions are driven by a self-winding flyback chronograph movement. And since it hates not to be noticed, this Speed Command Chronograph is clad in black with a choice of yellow or orange accents.
The 45 mm-diameter case made from brushed DLC steel is water-resistant to 300 metres and topped by a bidirectional “countdown” type black sapphire rotating bezel. The chequered effect carbon fibre dial features stylised orange or yellow Arabic numerals inspired by the dashboards of legendary sports cars. For the first time at Blancpain, a sloping inner dial ring bears a tachometric scale that facilitates read-off. In the same spirit, red Superluminova touches are applied to the hour and minute hands and the central chronograph seconds hand, ensuring optimal legibility in all circumstances.

A tribute to speed
At the heart of this sophisticated performance-dedicated case, the Blancpain Speed Command houses Calibre F185, a 308-part mechanical self-winding chronograph movement with a 40-hour power reserve. Calibre F185 drives the hours, minutes, small seconds at 6 o’clock, a window-type date display as well as the chronograph functions: the central chronograph seconds hand, along with 30-minute and 12-hour counters at 3 and 9 o’clock respectively. Providing an additional feature bound to appeal to instant measurement enthusiasts, Calibre F185 is also distinguished by its “flyback” chronograph function.
Exclusively designed for the Blancpain Speed Command Chronograph, a new extremely technical oscillating weight in rhodium-plated yellow gold further enriches the overall performance of the movement. This raised five-arm rotor is inspired by racing-car wheel rims.
The Speed Command Chronograph by Blancpain is fitted with a rubber-lined Barenia leather strap secured by a steel pin buckle.

Specifications

Speed Command Flyback Chronograph, date and small seconds-hand, tachometer, black carbon fibre dial, two-way rotating bezel, self-winding
Caliber: F185 Thickness: 5,50 mm Diameter : 26,20 mm
Power-reserve in hours: 40 Rubies : 37 Components : 308

Case: Steel Thickness: 15,60 mm Diameter: 45,00 mm Water-resistance: 300 m Sapphire back: Between horns: 23,00 mm


 

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The Fifty Fathoms design taken too far.... I don't like these diver/car racing hybrid watches. 300m WR, countdown bezel and a tachymetre scale? Too much going on there for my taste.
 

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who thought nascar and diving didnt go together :)
 

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Correct, hells no!

colors are clashing, looks like they found out people love the Fifty, and so they said, "hey lets put a racing inspired chrono in a FF case & bezel!"
sorry boys, you got it dead wrong this time, Blancpain is better than this.

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this is a train wreck...

i don't understand the bezel design on this...a countdown bezel that doesn't have minute marks. weird!

the yellow doesn't do anything for me either and i detest carbon fiber dials - i find that they offer poor contrast and are distracting. those thin red hands are gonna be hard to read in low light conditions too (red takes on a black hue in dim light...throw in that that black dial and it's a 'train wreck'...) when designing a chrono, the dial & subdials should be as legible as possible. this just fails on so many counts.

thanks for the post though, TLex. sometimes you have to see bad watches to appreciate the good ones. :-d

 

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Re: this is a train wreck...

i don't understand the bezel design on this...a countdown bezel that doesn't have minute marks. weird!

the yellow doesn't do anything for me either and i detest carbon fiber dials - i find that they offer poor contrast and are distracting. those thin red hands are gonna be hard to read in low light conditions too (red takes on a black hue in dim light...throw in that that black dial and it's a 'train wreck'...) when designing a chrono, the dial & subdials should be as legible as possible. this just fails on so many counts.

thanks for the post though, TLex. sometimes you have to see bad watches to appreciate the good ones. :-d
You're very welcome Denizen!

BTW folks, like Pat said I started this thread around 5 months ago, don't forget to check in on my blog once in while to see the latest releases! ;-)
 
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