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Since the introduction of the first modern diving watch Fifty Fathoms in 1953, Blancpain has made it a point of honor to make discovering and protecting the marine environment a priority. In line with this commitment, Manufacture announces a new partnership with the Biopixel Oceans Foundation and Biopixel Company. This collaboration aims to support scientific research, offer innovative restoration solutions and raise public awareness of the need to conserve one of nature’s gems: the Great Barrier Reef.

Blancpain x Biopixel – Manta Ray © Simon Pierce

Through the Blancpain Ocean Commitment initiative, Blancpain has been making a concrete and tangible contribution to the protection of the underwater world for several years. In addition to its many partnerships, the Manufactory has decided to join forces with the Biopixel Ocean Foundation of Australia and the multimedia production company Biopixel, who specialize in seabed research and exploration.

Blancpain supports Biopixel’s activities in two ways: scientific research to learn more about certain species and influence conservation decisions, and the production of a series of films about individuals who have dedicated their lives to protecting and protecting the Great Barrier Reef. Through science, technological innovation and sustainable projects such as coral restoration, habitat management, species rehabilitation and megafauna research, this interdisciplinary project is the result of close collaboration between Biopixel, Blancpain, Australian authorities and universities, and local communities. Among them are the traditional owners, people who have maintained deep cultural ties to the Great Barrier Reef for centuries.

Blancpain and Biopixel

Blancpain x Biopixel – Richard Fitz Patrick © Christian Miller

Research by the Biopixel Oceans Foundation, led by marine biologists Richard Fitzpatrick and Dr. Adam Barnett, focuses in particular on the movement of marine animals between protected areas and risk areas, such as sharks and manta rays, and on their behavior when interacting with humans. It is also possible to follow some of these specimens online and in real time and watch them travel across the Great Barrier Reef like two whale sharks affectionately named Blancpain and Fifty Fathoms. Since 2019, there have been several research expeditions, each aiming to collect reliable information on the behavior, migration and habitat use of various species over the years.

In parallel with the Foundation’s research activities, Biopixel creates breathtaking images in high definition (8k), allowing the public to discover the beauty of marine ecosystems and understand the importance of protecting them. Each episode will be built around breathtaking underwater images that tell the story of groundbreaking scientific research. The series is expected to release in the last quarter of 2022.

The purpose of the collaboration between Blancpain and the Biopixel group is the main one: to contribute to the health and survival of the Great Barrier Reef.

Blancpain and Biopixel

Blancpain x Biopixel © Simon Pierce

Biopixel Oceans Foundation and Biopixel Company

The Biopixel Oceans Foundation supports and initiates scientific research, studies and projects to raise awareness of the underwater world. In partnership with renowned academic institutions and other non-governmental organizations, Biopixel and Biopixel Oceans Foundation support numerous coral restoration and other environmental projects for the benefit of the oceans. Both organizations provide scientific images and information to influence conservation decisions, improve knowledge of understudied species, and instill a passion for the oceans in the next generation.

Biopixel is an Australian film company specializing in filming nature and animal behavior, especially aquatic life. Founded in 2013 by Richard Fitzpatrick and Bevan Slattery, Biopixel was born from a shared passion for technology, diving, nature and the outdoors. In partnership with James Cook University in Cairns, Biopixel operates one of the world’s largest underwater film sets. Among the company’s clients are such world-famous media as Netflix, BBC, National Geographic, ARTE or Discovery Channel.

Blancpain and Biopixel

Blancpain x Biopixel – Richard Fitz Patrick © Christian Miller

Blancpain’s Ocean Commitment (BOC)

The exploration and conservation of the oceans is a key mission of Blancpain. In the nearly 70-year history of Fifty Fathoms – the world’s first modern diver’s watch – the brand has developed close ties with explorers, photographers, scientists and environmentalists who recognize the inestimable value of these precious resources. This similarity has prompted the Manufacture of Fine Horlogerie to provide significant support for important events and initiatives dedicated to the oceans.

In recent years, Blancpain Ocean Commitment (BOC) has invested in oceanographic initiatives and partnerships with renowned organizations such as the Pristine Seas Expeditions, the Laurent Ballesta Gombessa project, The Economist’s World Ocean Initiative, and World Oceans Day, which takes place every year. at United Nations headquarters in New York.

To date, all the enthusiastic actions taken by Blancpain in favor of the exploration and conservation of the oceans have led to concrete results. In fact, they have contributed to a significant expansion of marine protected areas around the world, increasing their area by more than four million square kilometers.

Blancpain and Biopixel

Blancpain x Biopixel – Richard Fitz Patrick © Christian Miller

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