Blancpain Blancpain Ocean Commitment exhibition in Zurich
Coinciding with the launch of the Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe Ocean Commitment II Flyback Chronograph watch, Blancpain set up an Ocean Commitment exhibition at Zurich Airport for a month.
As part of the exhibition inauguration, Alain Delamuraz, Vice-President and Head of Marketing for Blancpain, Laurent Ballesta, marine biologist, photographer and Blancpain partner, and Jörgen Eldevik, Brand Manager Blancpain for the Swiss market, welcomed journalists and friends of the brand to Zurich Airport. Alain Delamuraz discussed the Blancpain brand values: “Our innovative spirit reflects our long-term approach. We invented the Fifty Fathoms, the first modern diving watch, more than 60 years ago. Since then, we have developed significant relationships with scientists, divers, government organizations and other ocean pioneers. Against this background, I am delighted to inaugurate this exhibition and introduce you to our new BOC II.”
The exhibition features three sections, each dealing with themes related to the world of the oceans. The first covers the history of the brand’s ties with the oceans. The second examines the scientific results of the expeditions sponsored by the Manufacture. The third and final section is devoted to underwater photography with the aim of raising public awareness of the diversity of the underwater world, as well as increasing understanding of the importance of preserving it.
For the first time in Switzerland, Blancpain unveiled during the inauguration the new Fifty Fathoms Blancpain Ocean Commitment II watch. This timepiece is limited to 250 examples and for each piece sold, the sum of 1,000 euros will be donated in support of scientific exhibitions.
At this event, guests were treated to a preview of the film, “Antarctica, in the footsteps of the Emperor penguin”, the result of the Gombessa III expedition sponsored by Blancpain. In the wake of the Gombessa I expeditions that revealed the secrets of the coelacanth, the greatest zoological discovery of the 20th century; and Gombessa II, which studied the spectacular spawning of the Camouflage Grouper, Laurent Ballesta and Blancpain achieved a first in terms of exploration, underwater diving and photography. This was the first time that scientific divers have been able to access what lies below the ice flow in Adélie Land. Through this documentary, the latter delivered a testimonial of a world made fragile by global warming. The film will be broadcast on Arte on March 10 at 3.30 pm.
The Zurich Airport Airside Center welcomes more than 1.7 million people a month. This constitutes an important number of visits for Blancpain whose aim is to alert the maximum possible number of visitors to its three basic principles: optimism, long-term vision and innovation.
The Blancpain Ocean Commitment exhibition will run until February 12 at the Zurich Airport Airside Center.
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