Image is everything, and while we at Blenheim Watch want to help you maintain your best image with our affordable luxury products, we are also keeping up our company's image.
In 2018, we had the pleasure of sponsoring the Royal Thames Yacht Club from London in the Inaugural Global Team Race Regatta. Our team went on to win first place, beating the hosting team, the New York Yacht Club, who came in second. The Royal Thames placed first in 18 of 21 races over three days, all whilst sporting Blenheim Watch, as seen below.
Blenheim is also represented by a number of ambassadors: Olympic athletes (e.g. David Lima, Joel Fearon), male models, content creators, and even an ex RAF officer, Keith Campbell. Read on to hear a little about Keith and how his story crosses paths with our beloved Princess Diana.
Keith piloting his favourite aircraft: Tucano
It’s becoming more and more popular, in this day and age, not to go directly to university after finishing school. For some, it’s just not the right decision. Keith, for example, started learning to fly aeroplanes at 17, and wasn’t ready to give that up just yet. Although, paying for the lessons himself was becoming less financially feasible, and he had other plans for his first few years as an adult: Keith wanted to travel the world (sounds corny, but don’t we all?). Luckily for him, there are loads of options available for recent leavers; Keith chose the RAF, perfect for his love of flying.
Aviation and the RAF became Keith’s true passion in life. When asked where his ideal place to live would be, he replied, “Where I am now, in the quiet Lincolnshire countryside, right under a military low flying route.” In this way, it makes sense that an Ex RAF Officer became a brand ambassador for Blenheim Watch.
Keith first heard about us via the internet. He revealed that he was impressed with what we were creating - affordable luxury watches designed with aviation in mind - and that the company is British. His decision to become a Brand Ambassador was due to his interest in our products (doubtless due to the aeroplane-esque look). “I thought I could help spread the word through my images to show the products to others.”
Our company borrows its name not from the Palace as some would believe, but rather from the Bristol Blenheim bomber plane used by the RAF during WWII. As such, the design of our watches reflects that of an historic aeroplane’s controls board, with the instruments being echoed on the watch’s dial. During his time serving in the RAF, Keith tells us his favourite aircraft to pilot was the Tucano (dashboard pictured above): “Felt like I was in a two-seat Spitfire!” Currently two of our collections have this design: the Pilot Chronomaster and the soon-to-be-launched Chrono Pro (sign up to our newsletter to get updates on our latest collection).
We asked Keith about the most unforgettable experience he had while in the RAF: being a Pallbearer to Princess Diana. He pointed out that it was an amazing day that will go down in history, for all the wrong reasons. “One surreal part of the day that sticks in my mind was flying back over London, looking straight down below us and seeing Concorde landing at Heathrow.”
On a note of finality, we wanted to know what our slogan ‘Go Beyond’ means to Keith. “'Go beyond', to me, means that it does something extra, something more than expected.” We certainly hope we’re living up to your expectations. Thank you, Keith!
Never straying too far from his passion, Keith is now a professional aviation photographer and brand ambassador for watch companies (see image above); you can check out his work on Instragram @captureasecond where all the images are his own!