A few days ago I had the wonderful opportunity to spend some time with a very special iteration of the uk fake Blancpain Fifty Fathoms: reference 5025-3630 aka FF Tourbillon 8 Jours.
Blancpain replica launched the Fifty Fathoms Tourbillon 8 Jours in 2007 together with the well known Fifty Fathoms Automatique 5015, the Fifty Fathoms Chronographe Flyback 5085 and the Air Command 5885. It has been in the catalogue ever since, available in red or white gold.
The high-end fake Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Tourbillon 8 Jours features the typical 45mm case and sapphire bezel. With a height of 14.7mm the 5025 case is almost 1mm slimmer than the 5015.
To allow full transparency viewing the Tourbillon front and back, the best quality copy Blancpain Fifty Fathoms 5025 provides no magnetic shield like the 5015. And of course the perfect replica watches featur a display case back with caliber 25A and the Tourbillon fully visible.
The automatic winding movement cal 25A has 223 parts and beats at 3Hz. Variations of this caliber can be found in various Villeret timepieces, too.
The gold rotor has been designed exclusively for this reference and it shows two plates, fixed with heat blued screws, for the words Fifty and Fathoms.
As the name of the watch suggests it provides eight days (or 192 hours) power reserve. When I received the high quality replica watches for the photo session I wound it from zero to 8 days. It took no more than 30 turns to reach the full power reserve, windinding is smooth and extremely efficient.
I would of course like to address a key question: is the Fifty Fathoms Tourbillon 8 Jours a sturdy sports copy watch like the Fifty Fathoms 5015?
Let’s be realistic: it is not. The Tourbillon cage consists of 60 parts with an accumulated weight of 0,2 grams! And it is a Flying Tourbillon, which is probably the aesthetically most impressive execution of this complication, but it also lacks supporting bridges.
A Flying Tourbillon is by definition a delicate mechanism. Held by one screw with a diameter of maybe half a millimeter, one can easily imagine that forces like shocks or lateral acceleration can impact the mechanism.
The Blancpain replica with black dial provides a water resistance of 300m, so you can swim and of course dive with the timepiece. It is also a masterpiece of fine complicated watchmaking, so you need to handle it with care.
The cheap fake Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Tourbillon 8 Jours combines the unrivaled dive watch heritage with the Haute Horlogerie capabilities of aaa quality copy Blancpain in a timepiece that works just as well today as it did when introduced in 2007.
The watch stands out, it is that kind of configuration you likely won’t find from any other brand.