The Certina brand is proud to be able to say it has some exceptionally talented people as friends. These ambassadors reflect the values and philosophy of the sport watch brand – and carry them out into the world.
Ole Einar Bjørndalen
Few sports are as demanding in terms of accuracy and endurance as biathlon. And just as few people have such legendary talent and precision as Ole Einar Bjørndalen, whose numerous gold medal wins have made him a famous name throughout the world. In 2011 the Norwegian, one of the most successful biathletes in history, became a Certina partner.
His endurance and precision are already legendary, putting him in a class of his own. Ole Einar Bjørndalen is the most decorated athlete of all time, both in terms of the number of titles as well as the total number of medals won in world championships and Winter Olympic Games. Thirteen medals, including two won at the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, his impressive series of world championship wins and records, and the invitation to join the International Olympic Committee in 2014 mark the brilliant 24-year, continuing career of this exceptional athlete. Ole’s precision, endurance and personality reflect the values of the Swiss sport watch brand perfectly; Certina is proud to call him a friend of the brand.
This likeable athlete is an unchallenged record holder in the sport of biathlon. A perfectly good reason for the nickname he has earned: "King Ole".
Certina and Oliver Keller have enjoyed a close partnership for many years. Swiss-born Oliver is one of Hollywood's most sought-after stuntmen, and has been seen in action in numerous blockbusters, including Spiderman, Pirates of the Caribbean, Master and Commander, Star Trek: Nemesis, and TV series such as 24, Crossing Jordan and Dr. House, to name but a few. Having launched his own career following stunt school, he opened the first stunt school in Switzerland, in 2007. When he's not visiting his native Switzerland, the charismatic action-man lives with his daughter outside of Los Angeles. Oliver Keller has worked closely with CERTINA for more than ten years. Who indeed could better test the high quality of our sport watches than a real stuntman, whose daily life involves leaping through glass or fire, jumping off buildings or taking part in wild car or motorcycle races? To this day, all Certina watches with the DS Concept have withstood these extreme conditions. What is more, Certina and Oliver Keller share a similar passion for placing high demands on themselves and achieving the very best – a perfect team.
As one of Hollywood’s most sought-after stuntmen, Oliver Keller is known for his perfection, reliability and nerves of steel.
For several decades now, Certina has shown a flair for recognising sporting talents. The brand cherishes a particular interest in motorsport, from special series racing to rallying and Formula 1. And so in 2012 the sport watch brand decided to sponsor Stéphane Kox, the young female driver who had made a name for herself by winning medals in the Dutch, Belgian and European go-kart championships. Stéphane has racing in her genes. No doubt she carefully observed her father Peter, a professional racing driver known not just for his talent but also his friendly smile, as he drove those fast, brightly coloured cars around some of the world's most exciting racetracks. An atmosphere of dreams and wonder for a child, a world that she absorbed just a little bit more with each race she watched. Just like her father, Stéphane has an exceptional flair for a wide range of racing disciplines, and her consistent results are impressive. Certina has been supporting this promising driver since 2012, accompanying her on her path to the top of the racing world, as she inspires the next generation with her enthusiasm and talent.
The fresh face of a racing tradition, with Stéphane following in the footsteps of her father Peter, also a well-known racing driver.