the legacy con­tin­ues

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Blanc­pain’s ‘Fifty Fath­oms’ div­ing watch has a 65-year legacy, so it’s no sur­prise that Blanc­pain trea­sures its re­la­tion­ship with the sea. That affin­ity has man­i­fested it­self in a de­ter­mi­na­tion to pro­tect our oceans. Since 2014, the Blanc­pain Ocean Com­mit­ment (BOC) has co-fi­nanced 10 ma­jor sci­en­tific ex­pe­di­tions, one of which con­vinced the Mex­i­can govern­ment to cre­ate the largest ma­rine-pro­tected area in North Amer­ica, the Revil­lagigedo Ar­chi­pel­ago. To date, Blanc­pain’s sup­port is thought to have con­trib­uted to dou­bling the sur­face of ma­rine pro­tected ar­eas world­wide. What’s more, the BOC sup­ports the Hans Hass Fifty Fath­oms Award, which ac­knowl­edges ex­cel­lence in ma­rine sciences and un­der­wa­ter tech­ni­cal in­no­va­tion. This year, the BOC upped the stakes again, co-launch­ing the World Ocean Ini­tia­tive and The Pro­tec­tors pro­gram, with the goal of clas­si­fy­ing 30 per cent of the planet’s oceans as ma­rine pro­tected ar­eas by 2030.

FROM TOP RIGHT Im­ages from Blanc­pain’s Gombessa III ex­pe­di­tion to Antarc­tica that aimed to mea­sure the im­pact of global warm­ing; on the trip was pho­tog­ra­pher, Lau­rent Ballesta, whose shot that cap­tured, for the first time, an en­tire sub­merged ice­berg, win­ning the 2017 Wildlife Pho­tog­ra­phy of the Year award.


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