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MARC HAYEK

Hong Kong Tatler - - Style Watches -

Marc Hayek on one of his div­ing ex­pe­di­tions His grand­fa­ther was the leg­endary Ni­co­las G Hayek, founder of the Swatch Group and the man revered as the saviour of the Swiss watch in­dus­try dur­ing the quartz cri­sis of the 1970s, so Marc Hayek has a strong pedi­gree in the in­dus­try. He is CEO of Breguet, Ja­quet Droz and Blanc­pain, while his mother, Nayla, is the CEO of Harry Win­ston. Blanc­pain Fifty Fath­oms Bathyscaphe CEO OF BLANC­PAIN, BREGUET AND JA­QUET Droz OCEAN COM­MIT­MENT Hayek is an avid diver and pho­tog­ra­pher, and the Blanc­pain Ocean Com­mit­ment—a pro­gramme that has sup­ported var­i­ous ini­tia­tives to ex­plore, pre­serve and pro­tect the world’s oceans for more than 60 years—has a spe­cial place in his heart. The ini­tia­tives sup­ported by the pro­gramme in­clude the Na­tional Ge­o­graphic So­ci­ety’s Pris­tine Seas Ex­pe­di­tions, and nat­u­ral­ist Lau­rent Ballest’s Gombessa Project, an am­bi­tious sci­en­tific ex­pe­di­tion

to find and study the leg­endary deep-sea coela­canth.

FIFTY FATH­OMS BATHYSCAPHE In 1953, Blanc­pain de­vel­oped what is com­monly de­scribed as the “first mod­ern dive watch,” the Fifty Fath­oms. At this year’s Basel­world, Hayek proudly pre­sented the Fifty Fath­oms Bathyscaphe, a rein­ter­pre­ta­tion of the orig­i­nal. The 2016 model has a deep blue dial evok­ing the depths of the sea and is wa­ter-re­sis­tant up to 300 me­tres. It is equipped with the Cal­i­bre 1315, a move­ment distin­guished for its stur­di­ness and ex­cep­tional chrono­met­ric per­for­mance.

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