Ben Saunders is a polar explorer and a record-breaking long-distance skier, with four North Pole expeditions under his belt. He is one of three people in history to ski solo to the North Pole, the youngest to do so by more than ten years, and holds the record for the longest solo Arctic journey by a Briton. Since 2001, Ben has skied more than 2,500km (1,500 miles) in the high Arctic, and most recently completed the longest unsupported polar journey in history when he re-traced the steps of Captain Scott's ill fated Terra Nova expedition.
"My Antarctic expedition is just about doable, just feasible and that's what is exciting to me. If I knew I could do it without too much bother, I wouldn't be interested."
The Scott Expedition
The Scott Expedition was an 1800 mile, four month unsupported return journey from the coast of Antarctica to the South Pole on foot following Scott's exact route. Facing temperatures as low as -50˚C and dragging sledges with loads of up to 200kg, Ben Saunders and his teammate Tarka L'Herpiniere completed the groundbreaking challenge in 105 days, making it one of the greatest stories of polar exploration ever told. Bremont were extremely proud to have worked with Ben leading up to his challenge and developed a mechanical watch that would not only withstand the extremes of temperature he would face, but be light enough not to compromise the weight he was carrying. The Terra Nova Chronometer was worn by Ben throughout his journey, and with its functionality and specially oiled movement, became indispensable.
On the outside of their polar jackets the two polar explorers wore their new Bremont Terra Nova chronometers. The watches were to become an essential tool in their navigation. Far too cold for any type of battery operated device, the light titanium Supermarine with GMT functionality and specially oiled mechanical movement became indispensable.