By Eric N. Hart
Set sail in style with these wave-making timepieces.
Blancpain has had a unique relationship with the sea ever since its founding in 1735, but its dedication to the world’s largest bodies of water took on new meaning in 2014 when it launched its first Blancpain Ocean Commitment (BOC) model. The second limited-edition timepiece under this label, the Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe Flyback Chronograph BOC II, featuring an all-blue, satin-brushed ceramic case, was introduced this past October. For each piece sold (limited to just 250 in total), Blancpain will donate 1,000 euros to its ocean preservation efforts, which include sponsoring expeditions, media forums and publications. blancpain.com
The Watch of the Open Seas
Eighty-two years after presenting the world’s first chronomatically precise wristwatch, Rolex launched its nautical-inspired Oyster Perpetual Yacht-Master, dubbed “the watch of the open seas.” Numerous variations followed, all leading up to the latest rendition: Yacht-Master 40, boldly concocted in Rolesium, a metallic hybrid of 904L steel and platinum. It’s complete with a luminescent blue dial, a bidirectional, rotatable 60-minute bezel with raised numerals, and a sapphire Cyclops lens over the date to facilitate reading and time calculating at home or afloat. rolex.com
A Seafaring Salute
Perhaps no timepiece brand pays tribute to maritime tradition quite like Ulysse Nardin, which has been creating innovative seafaring and yacht-inspired timepieces for over 170 years. That spirit continues with the latest Marine Chronometer Manufacture, a self-winding work of contemporary art with lacquered roman numerals, cathedral hands and a ridged, stainless-steel case. Available in glossy white or navy blue sunburst, each model boasts a 60-hour power reserve and is water-resistant up to 200 meters. ulysse-nardin.com