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Blancpain hold the title of the world's oldest watch brand with a proud history dating back to 1735. Blancpain's fundamental principle of innovation has meant that over the centuries the Maison has constantly pushed the limits of watchmaking.

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Fifty Fathoms Collections

The Fifty Fathoms collection embodies Blancpain’s passion for the marine world, introduced for the first time in 1953 with the creation of the first modern diver’s watch.

Ever since, Blancpain worked alongside divers, scientists and underwater photographers in their exploration and discovery of the awe-inspiring beauty of the oceans, contributing in this way to the revelations of this fascinating world and the motivation to protect it.

Fifty Fathoms Collection
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Villeret

Villeret, the village of Blancpain’s birth, lends its name to the most classical of our collections. Anchored in tradition, these models personify our roots and embody our initial aesthetic choices. Their sleek lines, the clarity of their dials and the finesse of their double-stepped cases express the essential with timeless elegance.

Blancpain subtly and constantly reinterprets this collection, which has a contemporary aspect while preserving its emblematic aesthetic codes. Far from breaking with tradition, the new models reaffirm our attachment to genuine watchmaking values, as seen with the introduction of dials in grand feu enamel and serpentine hands in blued steel for the calendar indication.

Villeret Collection
Blancpain

Fifty Fathoms Collections

The Fifty Fathoms collection embodies Blancpain’s passion for the marine world, introduced for the first time in 1953 with the creation of the first modern diver’s watch.

Ever since, Blancpain worked alongside divers, scientists and underwater photographers in their exploration and discovery of the awe-inspiring beauty of the oceans, contributing in this way to the revelations of this fascinating world and the motivation to protect it.

Fifty Fathoms Collection
Blancpain

Villeret

Villeret, the village of Blancpain’s birth, lends its name to the most classical of our collections. Anchored in tradition, these models personify our roots and embody our initial aesthetic choices. Their sleek lines, the clarity of their dials and the finesse of their double-stepped cases express the essential with timeless elegance.

Blancpain subtly and constantly reinterprets this collection, which has a contemporary aspect while preserving its emblematic aesthetic codes. Far from breaking with tradition, the new models reaffirm our attachment to genuine watchmaking values, as seen with the introduction of dials in grand feu enamel and serpentine hands in blued steel for the calendar indication.

Villeret Collection

Blancpain Ocean Commitment

Documentary "The mysteries of Mont La Pérouse": a spotlight on an expedition supported by Blancpain.

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La Pérouse Expedition

From more than 5,000 meters, the depth passes abruptly to just a few dozen metres: this is Mont La Pérouse, an underwater mountain, 160 km northwest of Reunion Island, born from the entrails of the Earth and whose size is comparable to that of Mont Blanc, the highest mountain in the Alps. This geological structure is well known to Reunionese longliners who regularly carry out miraculous fishing operations there. However, for oceanographers, the area remains a real enigma. With Blancpain's support, Laurent Ballesta together with local researchers and part of his Gombessa team led an expedition in November 2019 to study, characterize and illustrate the exceptional biodiversity of the La Pérouse Seamount.

La Pérouse Expedition

Carried out by deep diving with the use of electronically controlled closed circuit rebreathers, the exploration of this monumental site is a great first. Like all expeditions of the Gombessa team, the exploration of Mont La Pérouse was based on three key principles: the scientific component, the diving challenge and the promise of unpublished images. The scientific challenges were mainly characterized by the habitat inventory and the collection of data on the fauna and flora. Observation and photographic inventory, biological and geological sampling, and the use of cameras and sonars are all techniques used by Laurent Ballesta and his team to analyse the biodiversity of Mont La Pérouse.

LA PÉROUSE EXPEDITION

In order to carry out this study, the divers had to adapt to complex diving conditions. As the site is in the open sea, it is beaten by trade winds and subject to almost permanent currents. Moreover, the dives were carried out in open water, with no possible return to a reef close to the surface. The ascents were therefore made without any visual clues or protection against the current. Bottom times approached the hour at depths of 60 meters and up to 30 minutes at 120 meters. Daily ascents and decompressions lasted between 3 and 5 hours.

LA PÉROUSE EXPEDITION

The exploration of Mont La Pérouse resulted in rare and splendid images. These will illustrate a synthesis of the study, a scientific publication, and will be the subject of photographic exhibitions with the aim of raising public awareness of the richness of the underwater ecosystems.

Discover Blancpain Ocean Commitment

From the birth of the legendary Blancpain Fifty Fathoms which made its mark as the world’s first modern diving watch, defining the genre ever since, Blancpain have established intimate connections with the world’s oceans and the communities dedicated to their preservation. We and Blancpain hope as you discover the many initiatives the brand have undertaken, you too will be inspired to lend your voice in support.

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