Blancpain is proud to support the Dive Tec! Event – the new annual meeting of technical divers and underwater explorers. The inaugural edition took place on August 31 and September 1, 2019, in Saint-Prex, Switzerland.
Laurent Ballesta : Photographer, diver, marine biologist and leader of the Gombessa expeditions.
Driven by a pioneering spirit since its foundation in 1735, Blancpain has enjoyed historical links with diving for more than 60 years, more precisely since the 1953 launch of the Fifty Fathoms, the first modern diving watch in the world.
The Dive Tec! Event envisions being the annual gathering for technical divers, underwater explorers, as well as underwater sports enthusiasts and professionals in Switzerland and surrounding area, where guests can discover the latest innovations in the domain, from rebreathers, and specialized equipment to training organizations. The organizers strive to make this event a place of great exchanges and encounters between the public, professionals, manufacturers and personalities, while sparking great enthusiasm among the diving aficionados community.
Costantino Balestra : Director of the integrative physiology laboratory and full-time Professor of the Haute-Ecole Bruxelles-Brabant (Brussels). Vice-President of DAN Europe for research and education.
The first exhibition day ended with a series of lectures. On this occasion, Emmanuel Dugrenot, François Guerrero, Costantino Balestra and Blancpain's close partner and friend Laurent Ballesta – who has just completed his fifth Gombessa Expedition - shared the stage to present the result of their work, research and passion.