Blancpain Ocean Commitment Exhibition - Baselworld 2015

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Blancpain Ocean Commitment Exhibition - Baselworld 2015

With an introduction by Blancpain’s CEO, Marc A. Hayek, Baselworld 2015 marked the opening of Blancpain’s special Ocean Commitment Exhibition. Visitors to Baselworld have been able to explore and discover the underwater universe and learn about the tangible and meaningful results that have been achieved by the organizations Blancpain supports. To date more than 2.2 million square kilometers of ocean have been accorded protection and Blancpain is particularly proud of the recent creation of the world's largest single marine reserve around the Pitcairn Islands which follows upon the 2012 Pristine Seas Expedition with Blancpain.

Blancpain’s historical connection with diving dates to 1953 with the development of the first modern diving watch, the Fifty Fathoms. This now iconic timepiece, not only selected by navies around the world but as well by diving pioneers, has come to define diving watches for the entire industry.

As visitors enter through the portal echoing the design of the Fifty Fathoms bezel, they will discover zones devoted to History; Science and Exploration; Art; and the Ocean Commitment Circle. The History area exhibits illustrate the inventions and milestones in the evolution of the Fifty Fathoms and the achievements of the pioneers and adventurers in underwater exploration. The Science and Environment section presents the work of National Geographic’s Pristine Seas Expeditions and Laurent Ballesta’s Gombessa projects, including special film clips documenting both of their works. Other environmental initiatives supported by Blancpain are also included in this zone.

The Art section features the breathtaking images from some of the world’s finest underwater photographers. The Circle area, with its projection of waves, houses a number elements which span the other zones.

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