Bathyscaphe Mokarran Limited Edition: a watch with purpose
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Since the creation of the Fifty Fathoms diver’s watch in the early 1950s, Blancpain has been actively committed to the exploration and protection of the oceans. The most recent initiative supported by its Blancpain Ocean Commitment (BOC) program is devoted to the study of the great hammerhead shark in French Polynesia. As a continuation of this project, Blancpain is now dedicating a diver’s watch issued in a 50-piece special series – the Bathyscaphe Mokarran Limited Edition. This model will be available exclusively in Blancpain boutiques in New York and Las Vegas, USA. Each customer acquiring one of these timepieces will be joining Blancpain in supporting the Mokarran Protection Society to the tune of $1,000. A total of $50,000 will be added to the brand’s regular contributions to promoting, respecting and protecting the world of the oceans.
Despite being a protected species in French Polynesia, the great hammerhead shark remains vulnerable in international and foreign waters. Determining the origin of these individuals and their migratory routes will eventually make it possible to initiate protocols to prevent the extinction of this animal.
In addition to its commitment to the Mokarran Protection Society, Blancpain has now unveiled a special diver’s watch dedicated to the protection of the great hammerhead shark. A three-hand version of the Bathyscaphe model, the Mokarran Limited Edition introduces a new colour to the Fifty Fathoms watch collection. The tropical green dial of this timepiece catches the light and reveals its chromatic reflections thanks to a sunburst finish. Its baton-type hands and geometric hour-markers are coated in luminescent material. The unidirectional rotating bezel incorporates a green ceramic insert matching the dial. Made of satin-finished black ceramic, the 43.6 mm-diameter case is water-resistant to 30 bar (approximately 300 m).
A sapphire case-back reveals the Calibre 1318, a non-date variant of the 1315. The movement was especially developed and produced by Blancpain for its sports watches. It features a balance equipped with a silicon balance-spring and three barrels providing a five-day power reserve. Its solid gold oscillating weight is NAC-coated and engraved with the effigy of the great hammerhead shark, Sphyrna mokarran.
Finally, each purchaser receives a certificate of donation, a framed underwater photograph from the January 2020 mission, along with a personal code giving access to the Blancpain Ocean Commitment Circle. This private area of the BOC website offers exclusive benefits such as sneak-preview information on the brand’s partners, opportunities to meet them, as well as invitations to previews of documentaries related to scientific expeditions supported by Blancpain.
Satin-brushed black ceramic, diameter: 43.60 mm, thickness: 13.83 mm, sapphire crystal case-back