Ocean exploration and conservation are core to Blancpain. With its almost 70-year legacy of the Fifty Fathoms, the world's first modern diving watch, the Brand has woven close ties with the explorers, photographers, marine scientists, and environmentalists who treasure the precious underwater universe. With that affinity has come a determination to support important activities and initiatives dedicated to the oceans. For the past several years, the Blancpain Ocean Commitment has demonstrated consistent support for oceanographic initiatives and partnerships with leading organizations, such as the Pristine Seas Expeditions, Laurent Ballesta's Gombessa project, The Economist's World Ocean Initiative and Summit, the UN World Oceans Day celebrated every year on June 8, and many more. To date, the multiple activities passionately pursued by Blancpain have led to tangible results, notably contributing to significantly increasing the coverage of marine protected areas around the world, with the addition of more than four million km2.