Play Ball! Graham Signs MLB Pitcher C.J. Wilson

To many Americans, the start of the new baseball season is a long-awaited rite of spring, and to Graham — a Swiss watch company with British roots and a reputation for distinctively masculine sport watches — it also provides the perfect opportunity to introduce its newest “brand ambassador” and its first from the world of baseball: L.A. Angels pitcher C.J. Wilson. Wilson, a seventh-year major leaguer who went to the World Series two years in a row as a member of the Texas Rangers before signing with the Angels this past offseason, owns several Graham watches, and names the Chronofighter Oversize Diver and Silverstone Stowe Classic as favorite models. He is also involved in charitable activities, having founded the C.J. Wilson Children’s Charities in Dallas during his days with the Rangers. The organization teams up with children’s hospitals to offer support and care to children with chronic and terminal illnesses.

Perhaps most significantly to Graham, a brand with a longstanding connection to motorsports, Wilson is also an automobile enthusiast: a collector of Porsches and the owner of C.J. Wilson Racing, a team with whom he won the 2011 Road Atlanta race in the SCCA Pro Racing MX-5 Cup last September. “I really like that Graham has connections to motorsports,” Wilson said. “For me, that sends the message that they’re serious about precision and performance, not just style.”

 

New Graham ambassador C.J. Wilson, sporting a Chronofighter behind the wheel

Wilson on the mound for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

Among Wilson’s favorite watches: Graham’s Chronofighter Oversize Diver (above) and Silverstone Stowe Classic (below).






About Mark Bernardo

Mark Bernardo is the digital media editor of WatchTime magazine, responsible for developing and overseeing the editorial content on WatchTime.com as well as for WatchTime's tablet editions for the iPad, Nook, and Kindle. As WatchTime's managing editor, from 2006 through 2011, he has written about numerous watch companies from major brands like Omega, TAG Heuer and Piaget, to exclusive artisan lines such as Jean Dunand, De Bethune and DeWitt. Prior to joining WatchTime, he was the editor of Smoke, a lifestyle magazine for cigar enthusiasts, whose beats included cigars, watches, cars, wines and spirits, celebrities, men's fashion, and other subjects, and has written about luxury items for a variety of men's-interest publications, including Robb Report, Robb Report Motorcycling, Stratos, Worth, and Bloomberg Markets.

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