Blancpain launches the third limited edition series of Blancpain Ocean Commitment watches.
World Oceans Day falls on the 8 June every year. On this occasion today, Blancpain and its President & CEO, Marc A. Hayek, has unveiled the world premiere of their third series of Blancpain Ocean Commitment (BOC) limited edition diving watches. Limited to 250 pieces, Blancpain has committed to donate 1,000 euro with the sale of each watch. This translates to a potential contribution of 250,000 euro towards the brand’s cause of ocean protection.
The first modern diving watch – the Fifty Fathoms – was launched by Blancpain in 1953. Through the past 65 years, the brand has stayed true to their commitment and cause to explore and preserve the world’s oceans.
In addition to their annual support to expeditions and major oceanographic projects, Blancpain introduced a – first – series of limited edition BOC timepieces, to positive regard and reception in 2014. This second BOC timepiece was released in 2016, and now in 2018 the third BOC timepiece is unveiled.
The Fifty Fathoms Ocean Commitment III
In keeping with the DNA of the original watch, the BOC timepiece houses a reliable and robust self-winding movement, caliber 1151, which achieves a four-day power reserve. The balance is fitted with a silicon hairspring, a material insensitive to magnetic fields. The movement is protected without need of an inner soft iron case, which was the solution used in the past.
The case is equipped with a transparent sapphire case-back to showcase the movement’s fine Côtes de Genève decoration, and a gold winding rotor specially engraved with the inscription “Ocean Commitment”, with a NAC (platinum composed alloy) finish.
The timepiece is water resistant to 30 bar, equivalent to approximately 300 meters, and has a unidirectional rotating bezel, a must-have for a diving watch. Its large indexes, as well as its dial’s markings and hands are in Super-LumiNova ®, for optimal readability in underwater conditions.
In reference to the oceans, this limited-edition timepiece features a deep blue dial, and bears the BOC logo at 6 o’clock. The bezel, in the same blue, is topped by a scratch-resistant sapphire ring first introduced by the Manufacture in 2003.
The new Fifty Fathoms Ocean Commitment III is offered in a 40mm – diameter satin – brushed steel case, an exclusive diameter reserved for limited-edition Fifty Fathoms watches.
It is delivered on a sail-canvas strap and comes with an additional NATO strap, both matching the color of the dial and the bezel.
The 250 watches of this special BOC series will all be individually numbered. Each client will receive a corresponding hand-numbered copy of the Edition Fifty Fathoms book, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year.
This landmark edition is composed of stunning black & white underwater photographs printed on pages bound with removable screws, thus enabling the owner to extract a selected page and place it within a picture frame supplied with the book.
The purchase of a Fifty Fathoms Ocean Commitment III timepiece also entitles its owner to membership of the Blancpain Ocean Commitment Circle , giving access to exclusive advantages including invitations to private BOC events and conferences regarding ongoing scientific expeditions financed by Blancpain.
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