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Welcome to Issue 13

Blancpain’s Fifty Fathoms turns 60!

Welcome to Issue 13
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Dear fellow watch connoisseurs,
Welcome to issue 13

Blancpain’s Fifty Fathoms turns 60! How many models in the history of watchmaking have celebrated their 60th birthday? From its humble debut as the personal diving watch for Blancpain’s then CEO, Jean-Jacques Fiechter, and his diving instructors, to the chosen timepiece for the French, American, German, Israeli and other of the world’s navy divers, to the watch worn by Jacques Cousteau for his celebrated dives, through today, the Fifty Fathoms has defined the category of diving watches for the entire watch industry.

In this issue we celebrate this 60th birthday in two ways. First, we recount many of the highlights from the colorful evolution of the Fifty Fathoms over its six decades of history. Second, Blancpain introduces a new model of legendary Bathyscaphe version of the Fifty Fathoms, a version that first debuted during the 1950s.

Our food and wine features stay close to home as we spotlight Chef Edgard Bovier from the Lausanne Palace & Spa and the wines from our own Lavaux, whose vineyards begin not far from our administrative offices.

Enjoy Issue 13!

Marc A. Hayek
President and CEO Blancpain

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Woven into the history of the Fifty Fathoms is the Bathyscaphe version, named after the world’s deepest diving vessel.

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