THE ETOILE DU LÉMAN II GETS A 75TH BIRTHDAY FACELIFT

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After four months of renovation work, the Etoile du Léman II, one of the most iconic boats on Lake Léman, is back in the water today, to the delight of its owners – Blancpain, the Château d’Ouchy and the Collège Beau Soleil – as well as the many sailing enthusiasts in its home canton of Vaud.

Commissioned by the Sauvetage d’Ouchy (lifeguard association) in 1934 and first launched in 1935, the Etoile du Léman II pursued its mission of helping all kinds of vessels in difficulty on Lake Léman for a full 60 years. After being repurchased in 2007 by Blancpain, the Château d’Ouchy and the Collège Beau Soleil, the boat underwent two renovation phases in 2008 and 2010, which have restored it to its former glory and thus enable it to celebrate its 75th birthday in due style.

The Etoile du Léman II is currently moored in the port of Lutry and provides an opportunity for friends of Blancpain, the Château d’Ouchy and the Collège Beau Soleil to discover the charms of Lake Léman aboard a distinctive craft with great character. Anyone can also choose to rent the Etoile du Léman II for a private cruise on the waters of Europe’s largest alpine lake.

In this year marking its 275th anniversary, Blancpain is proud to be associated in safeguarding the Vaudois lakeside heritage and in testifying to its longstanding attachment to the traditions and emblems of Lake Léman, a magical stretch of water that inspires one of its stellar watch collections.