Blancpain recently worked together with globally renowned diver and naturalist Laurent Ballesta, researchers from the South African Institute for Aquatic Biodiversity, scientists from the
Locally known as Gombessa, the peaceful giant represents one of the most important zoological discoveries of the 20th century. It is commonly seen as the ‘transitional animal’ from backboned fish to the earliest four-legged vertebrate land animals. Moreover, its lobe fins and primitive lung, the Gombessa bears testament to our forays within the primordial soup.
If you know the history of bespoke watch brands like we do, it is no secret that Blancpain boasts a longstanding link with diving since 1953, when it developed the Fifty Fathoms. Laurent Ballesta was wearing exactly that, at 120 metres below the surface, when he came face to face with the Gombessa.