The Oceanographic 4000 is a symbolic watch. The 4000 m watch. A watch developed for pushing the limits of what is rational and possible. It has taken 18 months of research, development and testing to present, today, the Oceanographic 4000, a watch which can be worn on dives to depths of 4,000 metres, under extreme pressure – an exceptional technical achievement.
For the first time, the famous Oceanographic Museum of Monaco, with the Institut Océanographique Fondation Albert 1st Prince de Monaco – names renowned throughout the world in the fields of marine studies, research and conservation – has agreed to be associated with a watch. Quite some symbol.
Thus, on 6 June 2011, in the main aquarium in Monaco dedicated to the preservation of specimens of marine animals, the “Oceanographic 4000” has been officially unveiled in the presence of Prince Albert II of Monaco and Jean-Claude Biver, CEO of Hublot.
By choosing to support the Oceanographic Museum of Monaco, Hublot has decided not only to honour the history and unique heritage of the prestigious Monaco institution, but has also chosen to give its active support to the study and preservation of the oceans by making a financial contribution to the missions and scientific surveys conducted by the Institute.
The first official meeting of the partnership will be the “DEEP SEA Conference“to be held on October 13 at the Oceanographic Institute of Paris.Hublot will be the main partner.
A genuine instrument with technology developed to the extreme, ergonomics for efficiency and ease of handling, this watch was conceived and designed to push the limits of the possible.
Almost all the features of the Oceanographic 4000 are exceptional, in terms of design, development and manufacturing. To be described as a “montre de plongée” (diver’s watch), resistant to the pressure exerted at the record depth of 4,000 metres, the watch had to meet the exacting specifications of the international standards of Swiss watchmaking (NIHS).
Starting with its seal, tested by Hublot in a Roxer tank, submerged and pressurised to the equivalent of 5,000 metres. To ensure the watertightness of the watch and to resist this extreme pressure, the synthetic sapphire crystal is 6.5 thick.This is thicker than normal, but is reasonable for this level of resistance.The case back is screw-down, a sine qua non for reaching such depths. It is made of grade 2 titanium, an extremely strong stainless material.