Blancpain is convinced that public awareness is vital to achieve its goals of preserving and protecting the world’s oceans. In continuation of the important role played by the Fifty Fathoms watch in the history of diving, the Manufacture collaborates with Editor Dietmar W. Fuchs, and invites renowned photographers to share the wonders of the underwater world. The result, Edition Fifty Fathoms, is an annual limited-edition publication launched in 2008 which presents four underwater photography portfolios. Forty photographers have already published their work, starting with the patriarch of underwater photography, Ernest H. Brooks II, who notably uses light and shadow to display his passion and creativity. In recognition of his valuable participation in this project, Blancpain has decided to dedicate the 2018 Anniversary issue of Edition Fifty Fathoms to black & white photography.
The sixth World Ocean Summit took place from March 5th to 7th, in Abu Dhabi, with Blancpain as its Founding Supporter. The overarching theme for this year was Building Bridges. Key topics included: the similarities and differences between the ocean and land economies; financial opportunities in the blue economy; improving investment structures for ocean finances; cities and their role in innovation; the role of ports and the shipping industry; sustainable coastal tourism; blue carbon systems, illegal activity and piracy.