The Fifty Fathoms Tech Gombessa watch also features a highly resistant strap that is made of a hybrid material combining rubber and sail canvas. The strap is secured to the case by a pin buckle, made of the same grade 23 titanium as the case, which is also anti-allergenic and highly resistant. The strap also features a special design, with its loop in the shape of a diving suit wetsuit cuff and a luminescent strip running along its entire length.
The Fifty Fathoms Tech Gombessa watch is not only a highly technical instrument designed for extreme divers, but it is also a tribute to the underwater world and to the pioneers who have explored it. Its name, “Tech Gombessa”, is a nod to the gombessa, a fish that is highly symbolic of the deep sea and exploration. It is a fish that is endemic to the waters around New Caledonia, where it was discovered by Laurent Ballesta during one of his dives.
To celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Fifty Fathoms and the launch of the Tech Gombessa watch, Blancpain organized a series of events and exhibitions around the world, showcasing the history and the evolution of the Fifty Fathoms, as well as the new timepiece. The events included a retrospective exhibition in Tokyo, a dive with Laurent Ballesta in French Polynesia, and a gala dinner in Geneva attended by personalities from the world of diving and watchmaking.
The Fifty Fathoms Tech Gombessa watch is a testament to Blancpain’s commitment to pushing the boundaries of watchmaking and to supporting the exploration and conservation of the underwater world. It is a highly technical instrument that meets the needs of the most demanding divers, while also paying homage to the heritage and the spirit of the Fifty Fathoms. As the CEO of Blancpain, Marc A. Hayek, said: “We are proud to have brought to life a watch that reflects our values and our passion for the ocean. We hope that the Fifty Fathoms Tech Gombessa will inspire a new generation of explorers and divers and that it will contribute to the protection and conservation of the underwater world.”
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