Swiss watch brand Edox has announced an exciting new partnership with world champion freediver Marianna Gillespie.
The partnership is a natural fit for Edox; the independent watchmaker is known as the Water Champion of the Swiss watch industry and Marianna is a champion in her own right in the exciting, challenging, sport of freediving. The 31-year-old Russian-born Frenchwoman, ranked world No.1 freediver four times and world champion twice, will become an ambassador for the iconic Edox Delfin diver’s watch collection.
Marianna will also become a product advisor to the independent Swiss watchmaker, helping with practical, product- specific guidance to further refine the Edox family of superb diving watches. Edox also plans to present a women’s collection, including a limited edition with diamonds, especially created for Marianna.
The Edox Delfin collection was first introduced in 1961. It was the first watch to use the Double O-ring system which, with a reinforced case back, gave it 200m water resistance – an astonishing achievement 60 years ago. Six decades later, the Delfin collection is still one of the stars of the Edox watch family.
An accomplished swimmer from an early age, Marianna grew up in Moscow. She fell in love with the sport of freediving during her final year of studies at the Russian State Sports University when a friend challenged her to swim 25 metres underwater – without fins. She swam 75m and hasn’t looked back in the sport since.
While most free-divers strive to master a single discipline, Marianna dominates several – in depth and the pool. The current French national record holder in multiple disciplines, Marianna has been world champion twice, ranked No. 1 in the world four times and has also won the prestigious Vertical Blue competition.
Dubbed ‘the mermaid from the East’ by the Le Parisien newspaper, Marianna is one of the world’s strongest freedivers, ranked not only in the world top 10 in multiple individual disciplines but overall as well.