Blancpain Ocean Commitment

1-5200_0310_nab_boc-pr-hdIn 2014, Blancpain created the Ocean Commitment, concentrating all its partners in ocean exploration and conservation and launching the first series of limited edition watches under the Bathyscaphe collection. Today, after 2 years, 10 expeditions and 3 million square kilometres of ocean subsequently protected, Blancpain confirms its involvement with the presentation of a new limited edition characterised by the colour blue. Blancpain has had deep and historic ties with the world of diving for over 60 years, more precisely since 1953, the year it launched the Fifty Fathoms, the world's first watch dedicated to modern diving. That watch reflected a vision shared by Jean-Jacques Fiechter, then President of Blancpain and an ardent fan of scuba diving, and the French Armed Forces Combat Diving Corps led by Captain Robert "Bob" Maloubier and Lieutenant Claude Riffaud. In recognition of this historic legacy, Blancpain is dedicated to the cause of ocean exploration and preservation. Since the Manufacture is convinced that support for the protection of the environment depends directly on the information provided to the public, it is personally committed to promoting general awareness by sponsoring major scientific projects, oceanographic explorations, underwater photography, environmental debates, exhibitions, world-renowned publications and a dedicated website. Since 2014, all of Blancpain's efforts in this area have been united under the name Blancpain Ocean Commitment. Today, Blancpain is presenting its second limited edition watch series called Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe Chronographe Flyback "Blancpain Ocean Commitment II". This new model expresses the brand's determination to continue its commitment in defence of the oceans, although this time the goal has become even more ambitious. Over the past two years, Blancpain has in fact participated in the financing of ten major scientific expeditions, underlined its contribution to the doubling of the surface area of marine protected areas worldwide (3 million square kilometres more thanks to Blancpain's contribution), presented several award-winning documentary films, exhibitions of underwater photography and various publications. Regarding the watch, for this exclusive model, the blue colouring is achieved by adding pigments during the preparation of the ceramic, all mixed with a binder. Subsequently, two specific techniques were used to obtain this uniform and resistant colour over the entire case. The first, pressing, involves the ceramic in powder form being pressed into a mould to obtain its shape. The second, injection, requires ceramic granules to be injected into a mould. This operation makes it possible to obtain an ébauche, a rough piece with a final shape. The resulting piece then passes through a low-temperature furnace to remove the binder. Then it is the turn of the so-called sintering, in which the piece is subjected to a high temperature to give the ceramic the final high hardness. Finally, machining and finishing operations are carried out to give each component its final shape and appearance. The new Chronographe Flyback BOC II houses the F385 calibre. With a balance oscillating at 36,000 vibrations per hour, an ideal frequency for a chronograph, as it allows each second to be divided into one-tenth of a second intervals. The flyback chronograph is driven by a column wheel. The F385 is equipped with a variable-inertia balance with gold screws, a guarantee of high robustness and a more precise adjustment than the usual racket device. It has a vertical clutch that ensures the chronograph functions perfectly and prevents any jumping of the hand when the chronograph is engaged. What is more, thanks to this solution, the chronograph mechanism can be left running at will, without having to worry about a possible negative effect on the watch's running accuracy. Finally, like all Blancpain Manufacture movements, the F385 is equipped with a silicon balance spring. In addition, the Bathyscaphe Chronographe Flyback BOC II has all the characteristics of a diver's watch. Water-resistant to 300 metres, it has a unidirectional bezel with grey inserts and liquidmetal hour markers. Its flyback function enables the chronograph to be reset to zero and instantly restarted with a single press of the pusher located at 4 o'clock, whereas the same operation with a traditional chronograph requires three separate presses to measure events in succession. This 250-piece watch is also distinguished by its oscillating weight, engraved with the inscription "Ocean Commitment" recalling the close relationship between this special watch and Blancpain's commitment to the exploration and protection of the oceans.