On May 5, 2016, CH Premier and Blancpain Nato Strap For Sale will be hosting an evening cocktail reception and speaking engagement with Blancpain US Brand President, David Gely, where he will speak about the brand’s longstanding connection to the underwater world and its commitment to preserving and protecting the world’s oceans. Blancpain and CH Premier invite watch lovers in the Santa Clara, California area to attend.
CH Premier is excited to be partnering with Swiss watchmaker Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe 38mm in bringing the Blancpain Ocean Commitment Exhibition to Westfield Valley Fair, Santa Clara from April 29 to May 17. The exhibition has traveled all around the world: China, Hong Kong, Sydney, Tokyo, and Moscow. This will be the second showing in North America following Las Vegas in January.
For the duration of the exhibition, CH Premier will be featuring an extensive selection of Fifty Fathom timepieces. This collection embodies Blancpain’s passion for the underwater world since 1953 by creating the first modern dive watch. Each Fifty Fathom model features the signature elements from the original diver’s watch and design choices based on the risks and necessities in the diving world. Latest editions added to the collection pay tribute to the pioneers of diving, whose passion and dedication has continued to inspire Blancpain Endurance Barcelona to create timepieces with technological advancement and innovative materials for underwater explorations.
On May 5, 2016, CH Premier and Blancpain will be hosting an evening cocktail reception and speaking engagement with Blancpain US Brand President, David Gely, where he will speak about the brand’s longstanding connection to the underwater world and its commitment to preserving and protecting the world’s oceans.
We invite visitors of all ages to explore and discover the underwater universe through breathtaking images and learn about the environmental initiatives Blancpain supports to explore, protect, and preserve the world’s ocean. As visitors enter through the portal echoing the design of the Fifty Fathoms bezel, they will discover zones devoted to History; Science and Exploration; Art; and the Ocean Commitment Circle.
To call further attention to ocean preservation and protection, Blancpain offers the limited edition Ocean Commitment Bathyscaphe Chronograph Flyback. Limited to 250 pieces, this special timepiece features Blancpain’s in-house movement and a special gray ceramic case and blue dial and bezel. Blancpain will make a charitable contribution in the amount of 1,000 Euros for each watch sold in the limited series.
Cost however, there’s a lot to appreciate about this new limited-edition entry to the Fifty Fathoms lineup — which is probably why the watch is enjoying dip watch buff “sleeper hit” standing post-Baselworld. Largely released without significant fanfare, element of the Blancpain Tribute to Fifty Fathoms Mil-Spec watch’s allure are its conservative dimensions and faithful adherence to the layout codes of the original Mil-Spec. But a vital dimension of its allure is likely Blancpain’s inclusion of a critical feature of the first: a functioning replica of this “watertightness” moisture indicator at 6:00. Back in the morning “when sex was safe and diving was harmful,” dip watches were not the rugged, dependable tools we are knowledgeable about today. Though predominant into a diver’s security, the oldest examples were still prone to damage by shock, plagued by poor visibility in low light, and built with cases ill-equipped to handle great sea depths. Unsatisfied with issued watches that could not (quite literally) perform under stress, French combat swimmer corps commanders Captain Robert Maloubier and Lieutenant Claude Riffaud sought out the grandfather of the Fifty Fathoms, Jean-Jacques Fiechter, that had been already hard at work on a design that could tackle these very symptoms.But the watch that became standard-issue into the UDT teams controlled by Maloubier and Riffaud wasn’t Fiechter’s original Fifty Fathoms layout, but one which contained an added safeguard: a quirky watertightness index that would alarm the wearer if their view was compromised. Now, it is worth noting that this indicator is a little bit like a smoke detector — it merely points out the obvious, and does little to protect against the flame.
The Blancpain Z4 Ocean Commitment will be on display at the exhibition along with a special selection of vintage Fifty Fathom timepieces which date back as early as the collection’s creation in 1953. Again, the exhibition will run from April 29 to May 17 and below is the information for the May 5th cocktail event.
CH Premier Cocktail event with Blancpain US Brand President, David Gely
Thursday May 5th, 6pm-8pm
2855 Stevens Creek Blvd., Suite 1251
Santa Clara, CA 95050
Learn more at: blancpain-ocean-commitment.com chpremier.com
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