(April 5, 2017, Singapore) Blancpain, the founder of modern diving watches and a staunch guardian of marine public welfare, joined hands with the Hans Haas Fifty Fathoms Jury. Hans Hass Fifty Fathoms Award Committee), presented the 2016 Hans Hass Fifty Fathoms Award to Howard and Michele Hall. Mr. Alain Delamuraz, Global Vice President of Blancpain, and Mr. Laurent Ballesta, the leader of Blancpain’s ‘Hearts and Minds’ and the winner of the 2013 Hans Haas 50 Years Award, attended the award ceremony .
From left to right: Leslie Leaney, Chairman of the Hans Haas 50 Years Awards Committee, Blancpain’s best friend and master of underwater photography, Ernest H. Brooks II, Blancpain Regional Sales Manager Dimitri Aubert, winner Michele Hall, winner Howard Hall, Alain Delamuraz, Global Vice President of Blancpain, Dietmar Fuchs, Editor of Blancpain’s Fifty Fathoms, Laurent Ballesta, Blancpain’s best friend and marine scientist
The predecessor of the Hans Haas Fifty Hundred Awards is the Hans Haas Award. It was established in 2002 in honor of Professor Hans Hass, the pioneer of Austrian marine exploration, and aims to recognize Professionals with significant achievements in the field of scientific research on the seabed and arts and humanities (underwater photography, marine literature, etc.).
Blancpain’s close connection with Professor Hans Haas comes from their common pioneering spirit and marine protection values. Professor Hans Haas believes that not only must we explore and protect nature, but our deep understanding of the world’s oceans has created Blancpain’s enthusiastic claims to protect the oceans. In 2013, at the 60th anniversary of the birth of the Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Series, the brand brought this glory of the deep sea legend into the awards, and together with the awards jury, cast the ‘Hans Haas Fifty Fathoms Award’. Blancpain awarded the winners a fifty-five watch specially engraved with a custom logo for the award in recognition of its brilliant achievements in the deep sea world.
Blancpain Fifty Fathoms
The winners of this year’s Hans-Haas Fifty Fathoms Awards, Hall and his wife, are world-renowned for their groundbreaking underwater photography and their photographs. They have won seven Emmy Awards to date. Of the five highest-grossing 3D movies produced by IMAX, two are directed by Howard Hall. Among them, the box office of ‘Into the Deep’ is more than 70 million US dollars, and the box office of ‘Deep Sea’ is more than 96 million US dollars; and the ‘The Under the Sea’ just launched by the Halls and the couple so far It has also achieved more than $ 52 million in box office results.