Blancpain’s dedication to the cause of preservation and protection of the world’s oceans.
Preservation and protection of the world’s oceans is core to Blancpain. With its more than 60 year legacy of the Fifty Fathoms diving watch, Blancpain has become close to explorers, photographers, adventurers, scientists, and environmentalists who treasure this precious resource. With this affinity has come a determination to support important activities and initiatives dedicated to preservation and protection. Thus, Blancpain has donated freely and generously to organizations sharing its vision. This support, both financial and philosophical, is termed the “Blancpain Ocean Commitment”. For the past several years, Blancpain’s Ocean Commitment has been manifest through financial support and partnerships with leading organizations: the National Geographic Society’s Pristine Seas expeditions, Laurent Ballesta’s Gombessa Projects, The Economist’s World Ocean Summits, the United Nations’ celebration of World Ocean Day, and the Hans Hass Foundation.
The special limited edition Ocean Commitment Bathyscaphe Chronographe Flyback is linked to this broadly based Ocean Commitment campaign in many ways. Not only will additional donations be made by Blancpain in the name of the watch, but each purchaser will be invited to join Blancpain’s Ocean Commitment Circle. Through its website www. blancpain-ocean-commitment.com owners will be able to access a select privileged area of the site for important news and developments. Of course, apart from the exclusive Circle members area, the site offers the general public a rich web experience. Visitors to the site are encouraged to spin the image of the earth to discover and access information documenting ocean related activities taking place around the world, including the Pristine Seas expeditions and Laurent Ballesta’s Gombessa Projects. In addition, the site offers more than 2,000 stunning marine life images taken by the finest photographers in the world. A further dimension to the Ocean Commitment comes in the form of a comprehensive volume bringing together the twin histories of diving and the Fifty Fathoms. Entitled Fifty Fathoms—The Dive and Watch History 1953–2013, this volume comprehensively charts the milestones in the history of the Fifty Fathoms and evolution of the world of diving recounting the stories of 24 of the most important adventurers who pioneered ocean exploration. Its 475 pages are filled with more than 600 dazzling photographs. Each copy will be individually numbered. Purchasers of the Ocean Commitment Bathyscaphe Chronographe Flyback will receive a copy numbered to correspond to the serial number of the watch.
A National Geographic Pristine Seas expedition with Blancpain explores the remote jewel of the Russian Arctic.