Wednesday, April 25, 2012
For the high jump: Olympic athlete Ben Challenger becomes GRAHAM ambassador
Ben Challenger, the high jump Olympic athlete with a career spanning over 20 years, says: “I always push myself right to the limit mentally and physically. I'm right at the top of my sport, having performed at the Olympics. I've achieved a lot, but I'm still hungry for gold at London 2012.” Now he is raising the bar as GRAHAM's latest brand ambassador.
Born in 1978 in Loughborough, England, Ben has competed at international High Jump events since he was 15, with gold at the U23 European Championships and bronze and silver at the Commonwealth Games.
Son of Romeo Challenger, the drummer of Showaddywaddy, Ben has always led an eclectic lifestyle, being a great fan of motor racing and an avid super bike rider himself.
Currently sporting a funky afro (he likes to change his hairstyle frequently) and Japanese tattoos, Ben is proud to be involved with the GRAHAM brand. Currently in training for the 2012 London Olympics, he will be wearing his GRAHAM Chronofighter watch when he goes for gold.
“There is no mistaking my drive, my passion or my talent for Olympic gold. My focus on the future is unwavering, and I look forward to each competition with anticipation.”
Even though the The Watch Snob may be sniffy that GRAHAM is a revived brand, he couldn’t fault its credentials; the brand can trace its origins to London clockmaker George Graham (1673-1751) who is considered the father of modern watch making.
He is known as the father of the chronograph as he invented the start and stop device of the chronograph. The dead-beat and cylinder escapement, the mercury pendulum to compensate the influence of temperature on pendulums, to name a few. He also built the master clock for Greenwich Royal Observatory which timed most of the 18th century and lots of science instruments for astronomers and physicists.