So if the green of firs wasn’t quite the green for you, and you had also been looking for something less dressy and with a ‘social’ component as well, this may tick your boxes.
Blancpain has released the new fifty piece limited edition Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe Mokarran to support the study and protection of the Great Hammerhead shark (Sphyrna mokarran) in French Polynesia. The most recent initiative of the Blancpain Ocean Commitment (BOC) program, this watch is the latest in the occasional commemorative Fifty Fathoms models that they release as a part of the BOC.
A protected species in French Polynesia, the Great Hammerhead shark is vulnerable globally, in significant part as a consequence of being both a targeted species (for example for their fins) and one that is caught as a by-catch, particularly during industrial fishing. They also have low breeding rates (once every two years), which means that any loss through human-related activities has a significant effect. The species is listed on the International Union for the Conservation of Nature’s Red List of Threatened Species and since 2018, has been deemed to be ‘critically endangered’.
The Mokarran Protection Society is a newly established Polynesian association dedicated to the study of the Sphyrna mokarran. Its inaugural mission to Rangiroa Atoll took place in January 2020, its task to observe the great hammerhead’s behaviour and migratory patterns as preparation for work on identifying and counting the population in their local waters. Blancpain President & CEO Marc A. Hayek travelled there to participate as a volunteer underwater videographer during this expedition.
This mission had followed several explorations conducted in French Polynesia since 2014 by diver and renowned marine photographer Laurent Ballesta, with whom Blancpain have a longstanding relationship.
The time-only Mokarran Limited Edition is the first Fifty Fathoms to feature this new green suburnst dial. It has the familiar baton hands and hour markers, both lumed. The satin-brushed black ceramic case is 43.60mm, with a thickness of 13.83mm and a water resistance of 300m. The unidirectional satin-brushed black ceramic bezel has a green ceramic insert that matches the dial’s colour, and Liquidmetal® hour-markers.
Behind the sapphire case back is the automatic Calibre 1318, a non-date variant of the Calibre 1315. It has a solid gold oscillating weight that is NAC-coated and engraved with the hammerhead, and a five day power reserve.
With an RRP of USD 15,500 (CHF 14,500/ AUD 20,400), the Fifty Fathoms Bathyscape Mokarran is is individually numbered and avaliable in Blancpain boutiques in New York and Las Vegas, with $1,000 from each sale going to the Mokarran Protection Society. The new owner will receive a certificate of donation, a framed underwater photograph from the January 2020 mission, and a personal code giving access to the Blancpain Ocean Commitment Circle, a member-only area of the BOC website which in addition to providing information, also has invitations to meet brand partners and attend previews of screenings of documentaries.
To read more about Blanpain’s Mokorran Great Hammerhead project, go to their website here.
For an old look back at a vintage Fifty Fathoms by us, hit this link.
[Photo credit: Blanpain]