Under the label Blancpain Ocean Commitment, Blancpain’s commitment to the underwater world took on a new dimension in 2014 together with the collaborative gathering of all its partnerships in the realm of ocean exploration and preservation. 2014 also saw the launch of the first series of Ocean Commitment limited edition watches.
Two years on, ten expeditions and three million square kilometers of protected ocean later, Blancpain reconfirms its commitment with the launch of a new all-blue limited edition.
Blancpain has enjoyed historical links with diving for more than 60 years with the 1953 launch of the Fifty Fathoms, the first modern diving watch in the world. Now regarded as an icon*, this timepiece reflects a shared vision, that of Jean-Jacques Fiechter, then at the helm of Blancpain and a keen diver, together with that of the French Army’s combat diver unit created by Captain Robert “Bob” Maloubier and Sub-Lieutenant Claude Riffaud.
The Manufacture believes that support for environmental protection is directly dependent on keeping the public informed, it works to raise overall awareness by sponsoring significant scientific projects, oceanographic explorations, underwater photography, environmental forums, exhibitions, high-profile publications and a dedicated website. Since 2014, the brand’s efforts in this area have been concerted under the label Blancpain Ocean Commitment.
Blancpain presented a 250-piece limited edition timepiece, which at its launch was announced as the first in a series of limited editions. After the success of this first edition and the tangible results of its partnerships, today Blancpain now presents the second series of limited edition timepieces, the Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe Flyback Chronograph Blancpain Ocean Commitment II (BOC II).
This new watch declares the brand’s determination to pursue its commitment to the oceans despite the target being set so high. Over the past two years, Blancpain has co-financed ten major scientific expeditions, celebrated its contribution to doubling the surface of marine protected areas around the world (three million square kilometers have been added with Blancpain’s contribution), and also presented several award-winning documentaries, underwater exhibitions and publications.
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