Blancpain history

With a passion for the oceans and a commitment to watchmaking tradition - every Blancpain timepiece is developed by a unique team of experts, artisan designers and craftsmen in Le Brassus, Switzerland.

The master craftsmen of Blancpain go to every length to ensure that quality is achieved through time-honoured manufacturing methods that have been in the Blancpain family for generations.

Browse our collection of exquisite Blancpain watches and familiarise yourself with popular favourites such as the diver-ready Fifty Fathoms collection – tailored to the needs of those exploring oceanic beauty.

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With a team of watchmaking engineers, artisan craftsmen and master watchmakers - Blancpain are able to create rare and individual timepieces that run solely by finely tuned mechanisms. By upholding great traditions and a respect for their heritage, a story unfolds behind the ticking hands of each Blancpain model. Collectors have cherished and treasured these exquisite masterpieces for many years; and with good cause. Traditional crafts influence the very making of each Blancpain watch, each one equipped with balance springs, special alloys and materials that scream exclusivity and iconic Swiss watch manufacturer. Precision technologies are involved in the fabrication of the wheels and pinions for every timepiece, and the specially hand-crafted leather bands feel comfortable and supple against the wearer’s wrist.

Blancpain's timepieces are fitted with sapphire-backed cases, integrated with technologies like scratchproof and anti-glare qualities for promising the most transparent view into each beautifully crafted Blancpain face. Artistic practices are once again involved in this stage of the watchmaking process – with no stone left unturned when it comes to ensuring every piece of a Blancpain watch is the epitome of accurate luxury.

Collections like the Fifty Fathoms range of timepieces were first launched in the early fifties and reiterated the company’s passion for the marine world. The watches were and still are worn by divers, scientists and underwater photographers who share a fascination for the beauty of the deep oceans. This Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe 43mm Blue Dial & Canvas Strap Watch presents an impeccable example of a Blancpain watch's true beauty.

Blancpain Ocean Commitment

Exploration and preservation of the world’s oceans is core to Blancpain. With its almost 70-year legacy of the Fifty Fathoms diving watch, the Brand has woven close ties with the explorers, photographers, scientists, and environmentalists who treasure this precious resource. With that affinity has come a determination to support important activities and initiatives dedicated to the oceans.

For the past several years, the Blancpain Ocean Commitment (BOC) has demonstrated consistent support for oceanographic initiatives and partnerships with leading organizations, such as the Pristine Seas expeditions, Laurent Ballesta’s Gombessa project, the World Ocean Initiative organized by The Economist, and the World Oceans Day, an annual event hosted by the United Nations Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea (DOALOS).

To date, the multiple activities passionately pursued by Blancpain in support of exploring and preserving the oceans have led to tangible results, notably contributing to significantly extending the surface of marine protected areas around the world, with an addition of more than four million km2.

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