Wednesday, December 7, 2011
Giles Kristian is new GRAHAM Brand Ambassador
Giles Kristian may look like he’s just two minutes out of uni, but this young author, described as prolific, fearless and generous, is already riding high in the bestseller charts with Raven, an epic trilogy threatening to become a series of Hollywood blockbusters.
GRAHAM Watches have now snapped him up to become a new Brand Ambassador, an unusual move considering writers tend to do little more than loaf about and write about adventure rather than get into the thick of it.
Random House described Giles as ‘one of the most exciting authors of our generation’. He broke into the literary scene in 2009 with his debut novel, Raven Blood Eye, a Viking actioner about a young man’s coming of age amongst a band of Viking warriors. It was published to critical acclaim and became a bestseller.
He followed this up with two further novels: Sons of Thunder and Odin’s Wolves, and the books have so far been published in five languages, including, presumably, Old Norse.
Recently, Random House USA has acquired the RAVEN series and will publish the trilogy in America next year – and that’s when you could get the likes of Peter Jackson sniffing around to direct the trilogy.
The Bleeding Land
Spring 2012 will see the release of Kristian’s fourth novel, The Bleeding Land; the start of a major new series and is likely to further establish Giles Kristian as a leading force in adventure fiction.
During the 90s Giles was lead singer of pop group Upside Down (never heard of ‘em), and was achieving four top twenty hit records, performing twice on Top of the Pops, and singing at the Royal Albert Hall, N.E.C. and Wembley Arena.
During his time as a singer he toured for two years in Europe and made music videos all over the world, from Prague, Miami, Mexico, the Swiss Alps, and of course Bognor Regis.
Giles has worked as a model, appearing in press campaigns and TV commercials and has also worked as an advertising copywriter. He lived in New York for the best part of three years where he wrote copy for movie marketing company Empire Design.
It’s good to see GRAHAM pick a writer, now we can look forward to moody action shots of Giles spell checking on Word.
Graham Chronofighter Oversize Deep Black
Giles’ watch of choice from the GRAHAM collection is the new GRAHAM Chronofighter. It was inspired by the English fighting forces, and although it is called a Diver, it was originally designed for combat pilots, wearing gloves. That is the reason for the massive left-handed fast-action start/stop lever. The 47mm case is stainless steel with a PVD carbide treatment. The dial is black (described as deep black) and the caseback is solid, with the royal marine crown emblem. The movement is automatic mechanical G1732. The watch is a diver watch, even though it was originally intended for use by pilots, and has a water-resistance of 1000 metres. It is currently available for a retail price of $11,000 USD.