Since three centuries Blancpain watches are individual creations, and as such they reflect the personality of the watchmaker who builds them.
Each Blancpain timepiece requires countless craftsmanship, meticulously executed by hand. No machine can compete with the precision of an "angle" (the smoothing of the corners of bridges and small bricks, but also of numerous other components), performed strictly by hand, under the lens of a master watchmaker. This philosophy has led to the discovery of an incredible number of world records, some truly surprising, which have consecrated the history of watchmaking. Beeing aware of wearing their watch as a unique and absolutely exclusive piece it’s the greatest satisfaction for a Blancpain’s customer.
The Fifty Fathoms is one of the most iconic watches of the brand, launched in 1953 on request of the "combat swimmers" of the French Navy Seals, which needed a reliable watch for their underwater operations. Captain "Bob" Maloubier and Lieutenant Claude Riffaud, co-founders of the group, presented the project to Jehan-Jaques Fiechter, CEO of Blancpain, who accepted the challenge. Also worn by Jacques-Yves Cousteau, the Fifty Fathoms becomes a reference point for underwater watchmaking. .