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— For World Oceans Day this year, Blanc­pain pre­sented the Fifty Fath­oms Ocean Com­mit­ment wrist­watch, the third in the brand’s se­ries of Ocean Com­mit­ment lim­ited edi­tions. e new­est Ocean Com­mit­ment watch – re­ferred to in short­hand by its ini­tials, BOC III, for “Blanc­pain Ocean Com­mit­ment III” – dif­fers from the pre­vi­ous two in some sig­nif­i­cant re­spects while also in­cor­po­rat­ing some of their sig­na­ture el­e­ments. Both pre­vi­ous edi­tions were ex­ten­sions of the Bathyscaphe Chrono­graphe Fly­back fam­ily, the first (from 2014) with a gray ceramic case and blue dial and bezel, the sec­ond (which de­buted in 2016 at the Watchtime New York show) sport­ing a blue ceramic case and bezel and a gray dial. Each was equipped with Blanc­pain’s self-wind­ing chrono­graph Cal­iber F385 and came in a con­tem­porar­ily large 43.6-mm case. The BOC III hear­kens more to 2017’s Trib­ute to Fifty Fath­oms MIL-SPEC model, launched at Basel­world 2017, with a smaller case, at 40 mm in di­am­e­ter, and a more ba­sic three-hand-date move­ment, Cal­iber 1151. All of the mod­els, of course, pay some de­sign homage to the orig­i­nal Blanc­pain Fifty Fath­oms from 1953, the ground­break­ing model ref­er­enced by many as “the first mod­ern dive watch.”

The case of the watch, wa­ter re­sis­tant to an im­pres­sive 300 me­ters as one would ex­pect from this se­ries, is in satin-brushed stain­less steel, with a uni­di­rec­tional ro­tat­ing bezel whose dive-scale-printed in­sert is made of scratch-re­sis­tant, ocean blue sap­phire. Su­per-lu­mi­nova coats the large in­dexes, as well as the hands that sweep over the bezel­match­ing blue dial, for op­ti­mum un­der­wa­ter leg­i­bil­ity. A date win­dow sits at 4:30, while the Blanc­pain Ocean Com­mit­ment logo has been placed at 6 o’clock, re­plac­ing the cir­cu­lar wa­ter-tight­ness in­di­ca­tor that ap­pears on the MIL-SPEC model.

The in-house, self-wind­ing move­ment that pow­ers the BOC III, Blanc­pain’s Cal­iber 1151, is the same one found in the MIL-SPEC. Among its notable at­tributes are its lengthy four-day power re­serve, stored in two se­ri­escou­pled main­spring bar­rels, its solid gold wind­ing ro­tor, coated with the plat­inum al­loy NAC and en­graved with a Blanc­pain logo; and its bal­ance spring made of low-den­sity, shock-re­sis­tant, mag­netism-im­per­vi­ous sil­i­con. e lat­ter fea­ture negates the need for the soft iron in­ner case that pro­tected this watch’s his­tor­i­cal pre­de­ces­sors from the ill ef­fects of mag­netic fields and thus al­lowed Blanc­pain to put this finely dec­o­rated Swiss move­ment on dis­play be­hind a clear sap­phire case­back.

The Blanc­pain Ocean Com­mit­ment III watch, which like its two pre­de­ces­sors is lim­ited to just 250 pieces world­wide, comes on a maritime-in­spired sail-can­vas strap along with an ad­di­tional blue NATO strap. Each will be in­di­vid­u­ally num­bered and de­liv­ered with a hand-num­bered copy of the 10th An­niver­sary Edi­tion Fifty Fath­oms book, which col­lects a stun­ning ar­ray of black-and­white un­der­wa­ter pho­tog­ra­phy and whose lim­ited-edi­tion num­ber cor­re­sponds with that of the watch; as well as mem­ber­ship in the Blanc­pain Ocean Com­mit­ment Cir­cle, which of­fers spe­cial VIP ac­cess to events and con­fer­ences in­volv­ing Blanc­pain’s on­go­ing ocean pro­tec­tion ini­tia­tives. The price for this pack­age is $17,100 – from which 1,000 eu­ros goes to Ocean Com­mit­ment causes for a to­tal of 250,000 eu­ros when all mod­els are sold.

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