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Watch spread: vintage inspired designs

Designs inspired by vintage icons are making a major impact in the present.

  • Blancpain Luxury Watches

    Military might

    In the 1960s, the German Bundesmarine was one of several naval forces using Blancpain’s Fifty Fathoms dive watches. Around 1970, a Fifty Fathoms watch was released called Barakuda, because it was issued to the navy through a diving-equipment company called Barakuda, and this was later made available to civilians. Today, Blancpain has reissued the Fifty Fathoms Barakuda (inspired by that civilian model) which includes codes such as a black dial with large red and white hour markers coated with vintage-effect lume, and white-lacquered pencil-shaped hands. Housed in a 40mm steel case, the automatic watch is water-resistant to 300m.


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