the legacy continues
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.
BLANCPAIN ‘FIFTY FATHOMS BATHYSCAPHE ANNUAL CALENDAR’, $32,750