To celebrate the 60th anniversary of the fifty-two series, the founder of the modern diving watch, Blancpain, Switzerland’s top watch brand, launched the ‘Deep Ocean • Legend’ series of fifty-series exhibitions in China. On April 25, 2014, the touring exhibition kicked off in Anshan, the steel capital. From now on, it will be displayed on the first floor of the East Tower of Anshan Huitong Watch & Jewelry Store in Blancpain. In this exhibition, the Blancpain Fifty Fathoms watch family and related documents are displayed, showing the glorious years of the Fifty Fathoms series. At the same time, a number of Blancpain’s top sophisticated collection watches were also unveiled in Anshan, demonstrating the powerful and extraordinary watchmaking capabilities of ‘the creator of classic timepieces’.
The birth of Blancpain is a legendary story full of innovation and pioneering. In 1952, Mr. Jean-Jacques Fiechter, Blancpain’s current CEO who was passionate and passionate about diving, based on his own experience and needs in diving, he created a special one for diving. Watch. The origin of the name ‘Fifty Centuries’ comes from the collision of passion and romance. When Mr. Fiechter devoted himself to developing this watch, his heart echoed Shakespeare’s famous book ‘The Storm’. The singing of Ariel. Ariel sang in the ballad — ‘Father lying in the depths of your water, your bones have turned into corals’ The word ‘噚’ is a unit that people use to measure water depth, so Fiechter ) Mr. added the word ‘前面’ to the name of this new work, because it was considered to be the ultimate depth that divers could dive at that time. Since then, this watch has been called ‘Fifty Fatty’ by the world. Later, after official British measurements, its water resistance did reach a depth of 91.44 meters (50 inches). In 1952, the birth of the Fifty Fathoms watch wrote a brilliant stroke in Blancpain’s own development history, and also laid the cornerstone of modern diving watches, and set a dazzling monument in the modern diving watch industry.
In 1953, due to the accidental encounter between Mr. Fiechter and two French naval officers, Bob, the co-founder of the French elite combat diving unit who had tried many times in the country to find qualified suppliers but ended in failure. Mr. Maloubier finally selected Blancpain from Switzerland as an important working instrument for the French Navy’s special forces. The figure of the fifty-five also began to appear in the French diving commando. Of all the difficult and dangerous underwater military operations. Today, the Fifty Fathoms watch series has been adopted by many naval forces in France, Israel, the United States, Germany, and Northern Europe, and has become the standard military diving watch in many countries.
Fifty’s unique many technical features and product characteristics have steadily established its pioneer position in the diving watch industry, with many leading advantages such as safety, reliability, ruggedness, readability, anti-magnetic and aesthetics. So that its achievements in the industry are still unmatched. Blancpain’s first set of diving watch specifications set by Fifty Fathoms has led the world’s diving watch development standards and trends. In order to regulate the performance of diving watches, the standard of the diving watch NIHS 92-11 (ISO 6425), introduced in 1996, almost coincided with the standard set by Blancpain in the 1950s, but the latter was born. Late enough for more than 40 years. Several patents unique to the Fifty Fathoms series are even more outstanding and outstanding. They are: 1) Water resistance of the crown: Blancpain Fifty Fathoms is used to enhance the waterproofness of the case. It is arranged on the crown. The upper double ‘O’ seal ring, because the crown is not a tightly fixed part, may expose the watch to the risk of water leakage when suddenly pulled out underwater. The double ‘O’ seal ring better protects the watch in It can be sealed and leak-proof under all kinds of underwater conditions; 2) Water resistance of the case back: Blancpain’s special metal guide groove for placing the ‘O’ ring on the screw back cover, and the double-layer barrier is tight. Waterproof; 3) Safety of diving: Blancpain Fifty Fathoms has a lockable unidirectional rotating scaled bezel to check the diving time and remaining oxygen storage capacity, and accurately display the underwater environment data to provide divers with Reliable judgment.
The situation is changing. The Blancpain Fifty Fathoms series is not limited to the initial achievements, but has steadily conquered the peak of research and development of diving watches one after another. Its handsome design has created the outstanding appearance of the Fifty Fathoms watch, and has been rated as the most fashionable wild watch by fashion magazines at home and abroad for several years. The movement of the king with excellent functions and specially developed for sports has shaped the profound and timeless connotation of the Fifty Fathoms watch, which can be called the industry’s original and masterpiece. In addition, Blancpain lasted for 3 years. In 2003, it launched a specially developed adhesive for its sapphire crystal rotating outer ring, which enables the bezel and metal case to be more firmly bonded. This is Blancpain 50.噚 Another unique patent of the watch, so far no one can break through. And a series of classic masterpieces that stand out from the crowd are even more amazing. Among them: the Fifty Fathoms Tourbillon watch released in 2007, for the first time brought the complex function of the tourbillon into the deep sea;噚 Refreshing; launched a 500 ； GMT watch with a water resistance of 1,000 meters in 2009; a full-calendar flyback chronograph moon phase watch presented to the world in 2010 incorporating moon phase functionality into the diving field; launched in 2011 in the industry The pinnacle of the X 噚 watch has many ‘world’s first’ leading technologies; and the 50 噚 ‘Deep Submersible’ (Bathyscaphe) diving watch released in 2013 is another outstanding masterpiece in the history of the 50 噚. Every step forward, every technological innovation, every innovation and achievement is a shining pen in the development process of Fifty Fathoms, and it is also a glorious legend in the development history of human diving watches.
Blancpain knows ‘only real understanding can stimulate passion’. Blancpain supports a number of important marine scientific research projects for a long time. Among them, it is particularly worth mentioning that it cooperates with National Geographic to implement the ‘Primitive Ocean Expedition Plan’ which combines exploration, research and protection. , Designed to continuously explore the vast and mysterious underwater universe, to show people the mystery and magnificence of the pristine ocean, to let more people feel the extraordinary charm of the ocean, so as to guide people to spontaneously respect and protect the humanity. This azure territory. In addition, Blancpain has also published a special edition of Fifty Fathoms to highlight the beauty of undersea science and adventure. This special issue also stands out in its peers for its exquisite photography. All these are aimed at awakening people’s attention to the marine issues that plague the current international community and the initiative to protect the oceans. This is Blancpain’s responsibility to the oceans, but also to the whole society and humankind.
After several generations of innovative research and development, Fifty Fathoms, with its unique technology, has been deeply imprinted with the industry’s first, most professional, and most luxurious modern diving watch in terms of movement and appearance from the day of its birth. It has achieved historical achievements that are hard to reach and has an unshakable industry status.
Years change, more than sixty years of pioneering innovation, more than sixty years of extraordinary achievements, and the Fifty Fathoms watch series is leading the way, with the glory of time flowing on the blue ocean floor. Looking to the future, Fifty Fathoms will also take a firmer step, continue to challenge the limits, conquer the deep sea, and continue to write legends …