Wednesday, 4 April 2012

GRAHAM welcomes CJ Wilson

A native of Southern California, CJ Wilson, proud Graham Ambassador and Major League Baseball pitcher, brings a new edge to the Graham family. CJ is the first professional baseball player to be signed as a brand Ambassador for Graham, strengthening the brand's presence in worldwide sports culture. CJ also owns CJ Wilson Racing, which continues the longstanding connection of motorsports with the Graham brand. The motorsports and racing legacy is a defining feature that drew CJ to the brand initially. "I really like that Graham has connections to motorsports. For me, that sends the message that they're serious about precision and performance, not just style," says Wilson, now in his 7th year as a Major Leaguer.

CJ has enjoyed great success in his young career, both on the baseball diamond and on the racetrack through CJ Wilson Racing, the latter of which won the 2011 Road Atlanta race in the SCCA Pro Racing MX-5 Cup on September 30th, 2011. But off the field, Wilson has become a pillar in the community for not only his dominance on the field, but it his charitable endeavors through CJ Wilson Children’s Charities, a Dallas-based organization that supports children with chronic and terminal illnesses nationwide. The Charity teams up with children’s hospitals to inspire comfort and hope by helping to relieve some of the stresses associated with long-term hospital stays.

Wilson owns several GRAHAM watches and particularly loves the Chronofighter Oversize Diver and Silverstone Stowe Classic models. GRAHAM watches are emblematic of CJ's drive for the perfect balance between performance and style on the field and in his daily life. "The Graham brand is bold- and for me standing out is important. I feel boldness- when combined with style- really sets more personality into each design element."

GRAHAM traces its origins to London clockmaker George Graham (1673-1751) who is considered as 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. GRAHAM was revived in 1995 and is today a privately owned Swiss watch company. GRAHAM SA creates and manufactures its watches in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland.


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