Guillaume Néry stunned the world with the release of his 2010 short film Free Fall. In it, the world-champion French free diver and Ball Watches brand ambassador explores the depths of the sea within “Dean’s Blue Hole” – the deepest such ocean cavity in the world. The resulting cinematic experience became a spectacular viral video: if you haven’t seen it yet, it will blow your mind. (We’ve included it at the bottom of the post, just in case you’re not one of the near 21,000,000 people who’ve seen it on YouTube.) And now Néry is back with a new film, Ocean Gravity (above), following in the wake of some stunning Ball Watches Gold Replica collaborations.
Néry launched his pro career with his 2002 record descent of 87 meters, with Ball sponsorship following in 2006. A charter member of Ball’s Explorers Club, Néry has collaborated on a number of his own very cool dive watches with the fascinating brand famed for its impossibly tough tool watches – including a very cool signature dive chronograph (named “FreeFall” after Néry’s cinematic triumph) and the awesome Engineer Master II Diver Worldtime.
Personally, I find Néry’s signature timepiece one of the most beautiful and distinctive divers out there, with its stunning ocean-blue dial and intriguing bezel integration; some serious anti-reflective coating on the sapphire crystal, rugged, yet well finished steel casing, 300 meters of water resistance, and a chronograph function to measure the free diver’s precious remaining moments of breath register this as a serious tool for divers. It also has Ball’s trademark 5,000 Gs of shock resistance – actually a more necessary feature than one might think for diving (protecting above and beyond more than most dive watches do, taking into account the considerable impact a timepiece endures when a diver hits the water). And yes, it has a helluva lot of wrist presence, as does the award-winning Diver Worldtime, which boasts a dazzlingly postmodern yet timeless design from current star Ball Watches In Australia Replica designer (and possible next Gerald Genta) Magali Métrailler.
The Ball Engineer III CarboLIGHT is available in both 40mm and 43mm case sizes with a thickness of 13mm. Both variations are closely balanced and even the bigger version is intended to wear comfortably as a result of this situation’s lightweight properties. A massive crown allows for easy operation plus a durable scratch-resistant sapphire crystal with date magnifier rounds outside from CarboLIGHT’s slick layout. Moreover, the Ball Engineer III CarboLIGHT can be configured with both a blue or a black dial. Both finishes nicely compliment the carbon fiber instance composite and the screen is as straightforward as they come. Large baton indexes mark the hours and large sword hands are used for fast and easy legibility. Here, we also see a Ball signature — self-powered miniature gas light tubes that need no external charging.Another standout characteristic is the movement, which will be a COSC chronometer certified automatic caliber Ball RR1103-C. The base is the ETA 2824 with a 38 hour power reserve and 28,800bph operational frequency. Apart from the highly precise nature of the motion, the added Amortiser® system helps protect it from lateral impacts. At length, the Ball Engineer III CarboLIGHT includes a calf leather strap with pin buckle or a black rubber strap for a more rugged and casual feel.
While History Of Ball Watches Replica aficionados love his Ball watches, Néry is better known to the general public for his mindblowing YouTube videos. (Although, of course, he did indeed rock his limited-edition Engineer II Master Diver in Free Fall.) Now Néry and his filmmaking partner Julie Gautier are back with another incredible diving video, Ocean Gravity, and it’s sure to go viral again – and yes, he is repping Team Ball in it! Per the press release, Ocean Gravity depicts “a man, in a weightless condition, orbiting around a planet. Motionless, he glides at a high speed into a cosmos that appears to be endless. After a few seconds, we realize the reality… The cosmos is the ocean, the planet is the submerged surface of the earth, and the astronaut is a freediver. Welcome to the surrealist world of Ocean Gravity.” And if you missed Néry’s Free Fall must-see masterpiece, well, here it is below. Enjoy. ballwatch.com
One of the reasons I really enjoy Ball watches so much is the incredibly prolific nature of their watch department. It isn’t just the amount of new watches Ball releases each year, but also the sheer variety that interests me. That, and the fact that despite all the visual novelty, most Ball watches are good at retaining that sense of core brand DNA which makes their products distinct and noticeable. Another new 2014 model is this Ball Engineer Master II Pilot GMT timepiece.
Ball even goes so far as to name the designer personally – something which is highly unusual in the Ball Watch Ohio 38mm Replica industry, especially when it comes to watches priced under $100,000, when “art” is sold more than the sheer utilitarian nature of the watch. The Ball Engineer Master II Pilot GMT watch was designed for Ball by Magali Métrailler, a talented female watch designer who also created their well-regarded Ball for BMW watch collection, as well as design work for Jaeger-LeCoultre. What I think most typifies Magali Métrailler’s work, from my perspective, is her ability to combine a sense of composed Swiss/French elegance with a resolutely modern take on design. She is an up-and-coming star in my personal opinion, who I hope continues to be featured in more and more high-profile watch design projects.
Whereas Ball has been very successful with design as of late, they still haven’t quite be able to mirror that sentiment in their “watch naming department” (should one even exist). With all the majesty and refinement they bring to the world of modern macho watch design, Ball watch names seem to be a sometimes random assortment of often redundant terms which, in my opinion, do not fit the high-quality personality most of these products have going for them. Why is this an issue? Primarily because I don’t think consumers can recall the names of their watches, which makes it hard for them to think about looking for them or asking about them in stores.
Consumers (for the most part) aren’t going to recall the reference numbers of watches, so brands have a vested interest in creating easy to remember names for their products that consumers can hear (or read) just a few times and commit to memory. Having said that, as part of the Ball Engineer Master II collection this reference GM3090C-SAJ-BK or GM3090C-LLAJ-BK (depending on the strap) is 43.5mm wide in steel, and just 11.9mm thick – making for a very wearable albeit modern sport watch, available on a leather strap or good-looking steel metal bracelet.
A new famous for supplying substantial value and high-end construction in the watches they produce, Ball Watch Company is once again introducing another exciting timepiece to their growing Engineer collection. The Ball Engineer III CarboLIGHT is the brand’s most recent model and a Ball Watch 999b Replica that fuses two groundbreaking substances into the case construction. Here, carbon fiber and mu-metal are both utilized to produce a situation that is ultra-light, corrosion resistant, and highly anti-magnetic. Ball describes this as their CarboNANO technologies and now, the Ball Engineer III CarboLIGHT is readily available for a very special pre-order price.Together with the accompanying stainless steel version — the Ball Engineer III IronLIGHT — the CarboLIGHT marks Ball’s most recent plunge into the world of producing robust timepieces with advanced materials. Maybe the version’s most standout characteristic is its case, which has a distinct irregular pattern that makes each watch unique. This is a distinguishing trait that is due to utilizing carbon, which weighs about 50% significantly less than stainless steel and delivers a significantly lighter texture that is long-lasting. Beneath the surface, Ball also incorporates a full layer of mu-metal around the movement that allows the watch to both draw and deflect static or low-frequency magnetic field lines for interference-free functioning.
If the dial of the Ball Engineer Master II Pilot GMT looks a bit different than most Ball watches, that is because it is. While the hour markers look like those you typically see on Ball watches – meaning they are made using tritium gas tubes – what is different is how they are applied. Rather than sit on top of the dial, they are set flush with the dial. This offers a new type of look for Ball and was done so that the GMT hand can move while being placed low on the dial. While the GMT hand has a familiar Rolex Explorer look, it doesn’t use tritium gas tubes. In fact, the Ball Engineer Master II Pilot GMT Ball Watches Latest Model Replica is among the few Ball timepieces that has SuperLuminova on the dial in addition to tritium gas tubes. That means the GMT hand can look more traditional, but isn’t going to be as visible in the dark.
In order to keep the main watch dial clean, there is a flange ring for the minutes and a bi-directional rotating bezel with a 24 hour scale on it. Magali did a nice job of giving the piece an overall classic design but with a more modern flair. Like most Ball watches, the case of the Ball Engineer Master II Pilot GMT is admirably durable, being water resistant to 100 meters and shock resistant. Over the dial is an AR-coated sapphire crystal. The case would have been anti-magnetic, but Ball decided to go for a sapphire crystal caseback window that allows for the wearer to see the movement – something that is rather rare for Ball’s sport watches.
Inside of the Ball Engineer Master II Pilot GMT History Of Ball Watches Replica is a base Swiss ETA 2893 automatic GMT movement that Ball calls their caliber RR1201. As I said above, you can see the movement through the caseback window. The overall look of the design is very indicative of what the brand is best at today, and more importantly is a relatively good value. I know a lot of watches with the same movement and even more simple cases that are priced at twice as much as the Ball Engineer Master II Pilot GMT.
I have nothing bad to say about the black crocodile strap with red stitching which is available with the watch, but my preference is most always going to be with a metal bracelet, when one is offered. In this case, the steel bracelet, with a design common to other Ball watches, matches the modern look and feel of this sporty yet rather thin (for a Ball) GMT watch. Of course, when you step outside of the “conservative box” you know that often times designs will be polarizing – something that Ball knows only too well. With that said, I think the Ball Engineer Master II Pilot GMT has appeal to not only typical Ball watch fans but also those who don’t typically like the modern design of Ball’s products. Another testament to the watch design work of Magali Metrailler. Price for the reference GM3090C-SAJ-BK and GM3090C-LLAJ-BK Ball Engineer Master II Pilot GMT watch is $2,499. ballwatch.com
A brand known for supplying considerable value and luxury construction from the watches that they produce, Ball Watch Company is once more introducing another exciting timepiece to their developing Engineer collection. The Ball Engineer III CarboLIGHT is your brand’s most recent model plus a Ball Watches Usa Replica that fuses two revolutionary materials into the case construction. Here, carbon fiber and mu-metal are both used to generate a case that’s ultra-light, corrosion resistant, and thoroughly anti-magnetic. Ball describes the as their CarboNANO technologies and now, the Ball Engineer III CarboLIGHT is available for a very special pre-order price.Together with the accompanying stainless steel model — the Ball Engineer III IronLIGHT — the CarboLIGHT marks Ball’s latest plunge into the world of producing robust timepieces with advanced materials. Maybe the version’s most standout characteristic is its case, that has a distinct uneven pattern which makes every watch unique. This is a distinguishing characteristic that’s due to utilizing carbon, which weighs about 50% significantly less than stainless steel and provides a significantly lighter feel that’s long-lasting. Under the surface, Ball also incorporates a full coating of mu-metal around the motion that allows the watch to both draw and deflect inactive or low-frequency magnetic field lines for interference-free functioning. Pair this with Ball’s Amortiser® system that protects against extreme shock, and you also own a wristwatch which could get you through anything.
Perhaps the most exciting new Ball watch from Baselworld 2014 was not yet complete, but we did get to play with a prototype. It is the Engineer II Magneto S watch, and it offers a distinct approach to offering a modern anti-magnetic timepiece. In a nutshell, here is how it works. The bezel of the watch actually operates an iris-style shield that opens and closes over the movement. Ball calls this new system “A-PROOF” and it is being debuted here in the Engineer II Magneto watch.
Of course, A-PROOF comes at a time when anti-magnetic is “hot” thanks to Omega’s >15,000 Gauss 8 Ball Watches Replica and new Master Co-Axial movements. Omega’s approach is more passive and automatic in the sense that their movements aren’t really magnetic at all, so therefore they simply don’t react to most magnetic fields. Ball takes a more interactive approach that, while perhaps a bit less practical, makes for a good tool tech toy. Ball claims that most of their anti-magnetic watches are resistant to about 12,000 A/m, while A-PROOF allows a watch to be resistant to 80,000 A/m.
The iris-style blades that open and close like a camera shutter are produced from a new type of metal for the watch industry called “mumetal.” Sadly that is the best name they someone with little creative skills was able to come up with. Mumetal is an alloy and, according to Ball, is far superior to shielding against magnetic fields than the soft irons historically used. Of course, the coolest thing is seeing the blades open and close over the movement, which I admit to being very fun to watch.
Ball includes more tech into the Engineer II Magneto S watch including SpringLOCK (covered more here), which protects against the accuracy destroying nature of vibrations. This is all part of the Ball caliber RR1103-CSL movement which is a base ETA that has been heavily modified and is COSC Chronometer certified. It is cool that if you anticipate being around magnetic fields you can use the bezel to “secure” the movement, but if you want to see the movement through the sapphire crystal caseback you can do that as well. Of course, you need to be aware of whether you are going to be exposed to a magnetic field, but if you are at least you don’t need to remove the watch from your wrist to protect it.
The prototype version of the Engineer II Magneto S watch we played with at Baselworld 2014 wasn’t quite ready for action so we didn’t take pictures, but I can say that the concept works and the watch is cool looking. The Magneto S is 42mm wide and not too thick at 12.9mm. The overall design is rather military and retro inspired, especially with the cordura textile strap and green accents. I do like the legible dial and of course it is fitted with tritium gas tubes in the hands and hour markers for illumination. It’s really a great watch if you like green accents, but not a green watch.
I anticipate Ball to commercially release the Engineer II Magneto S ref. NM3022C-NCJ-BK watch later in 2014. It will be a test for the new A-PROOF technology, which, if successful, will show up in future watches–though it will likely not be as prevalent as SpringLOCK that has more application in a wider array of Ball timepieces. This is also one of at least two comic book sounding watches–in addition to the Magneto S there is also the Marvelight for 2014. ballwatch.com
By now, you are surely aware of the ties Ball Watch has to the railroad industry (in a nutshell, they created the first watches certified for use to keep the trains on time and not running into each other). That is reflected in the names of the watches that they have created (for instance, the Engineer and Fireman lines). What about the person who keeps things orderly in the passenger compartment – the conductor? Turns out, Ball has not left that position behind in their naming. Today, we will be reviewing what seems to be an overlooked slice of their collection, the Ball Conductor Transcendent.
When you compare the Ball Conductor Transcendent to the rest of the lineup, it is definitely the odd man out. While other watches give off an air of rugged durability, this Ball Watch Trainmaster Worldtime Chronograph Replica instead shoots for a more elegant feel, albeit one that is in a case shape you simply do not see in dress watches (or, at least, I have not). At first glance, you might thing the steel case was a simple square one with a bit of rounding. As it turns out, it’s actually a bit more rectangular leaning (37.5mm by 47.5mm), and has a lot more curves hiding in it than a quick glance would reveal.
The most prominent of those comes courtesy of the sapphire crystal, which the brand labels as a TV screen style. And you know what? I see it – it definitely has the shape and curve of an old CRT type of screen. It is an interesting look, and it helps the case height to slope down side to side and top to bottom, making for a more compact fit on the wrist. The other “hidden” curve helps in that regard as well, and shows up on the reverse of the watch.
Yes, that is right – the Ball Conductor Transcendent has a curved case back. This is something I have not run across a lot, but it definitely helps to snug the watch in tighter to your wrist. For a more compact dress piece like this, I think the curves (front and back) work quite nicely in terms of the styling, and, of course, help to get the watch out from under a cuff (and back in) without any issue.
Even with the curved caseback, you do still get an exhibition window through which you can see the Ball RR1101 automatic movement. This is due to the fact that the center of the case is actually flat. You can pick that up on the dial side as well. Taking a closer look at the dial, you see that the corners actually angle down (to accommodate the curvature of the case), leaving you with a sort of “hidden” circle that is visible on the dial. This is, obviously, due to the fact that the movement itself is not curved. I rather liked the look, and frankly, it is not all that noticeable (the corners bent down) unless the light hits it just right.
The rest of the dial is rather well-balanced, with the the larger numerals (so the tritium tubes can be affixed) taking a prominent place. Quite obviously, between the numerals and indices, seeing the time day or night is quite easy, and provides the lightshow that Ball is known for. The one wrinkle in that part of the performance comes in courtesy of the hour hand. While the minute hand is a good size for the dial (and accommodates a bigger tritium tube), the hour hand falls a bit short – literally.
There is a central circle with the minute hashes called out, and it gives an obvious frame of reference for the hour hand. The hand itself falls short of actually reaching to that track. Additionally, since the hand is so short, it required a smaller tritium tube to be mounted. While I would not go so far as to say it made it hard to read the time, it definitely was not as easy as you would expect (in the dark), and the proportion just felt a touch off. Not a major deal, but also a small design tweak that I think would help.
On the wrist, the 62g (yes, only 62 grams!) Ball Conductor Transcendent is a lightweight and elegant companion to face the day. As I mentioned earlier, the curved nature of the case and crystal ensure that the watch slips under a cuff quite easily, right after a quick glance to check the time. If you do spend some more time checking the watch out, you will notice that the play of light across the grooved center of the dial adds some nice dimensionality, and of course, those curved corners are their own sort of style.
As promised, I am finally placing these watches together for the pleasure. A few disclaimers: this isn’t an ideal matchup. The Omega and Ball are all offered in similar sizes and dial up colors, but these particular examples aren’t perfectly aligned. Still, the overall design and quality points can be determined in the photos. So what do you get for approximately double the price?The resemblance is instantly evident. Though the Ball has selected to utilize broader-spaced lines, each has selected the perpendicular stripes (teak dial). Their hour markers are quite similar.The difference in lume is very obvious even in day light. The Omega’s blue lume is a clean white, in which the tritium tubes have a subdued green look to them. I believe they both seem great.No doubt partly attributable to the Omega’s gray dial (versus the black one in the Ball), the warmth resistance is noticeably improved on the Omega.The hands and markers are both nicely done, but also the Omega’s are substantially more complex. Do note, but the large level of polish used on the inside of the Ball’s day/date display.The different choices daily windows will be highly divisive. Personally, I really enjoy the angular appearance of the Omega, but I’ll confess, the display is significantly more readable on the Ball, largely due to its high contrast look. Additional you get an extra complication with the Ball.There are a few areas that I think will be incontrovertible. First, the Omega includes a far prettier movement. It also features a much longer power book, though they share the same 5 position adjustment and COSC score. Additional the ETA-based Ball actually has a marginally smoother shave hands compared to the Omega.Here is the Aqua Terra and the Red Label side by side, immediately after the Omega has been subjected to a bright light. Initially, that the Omega easily outshines the Ball.
You will also notice (as I did) that the date wheel stands out like a sore thumb on the black dial version we reviewed (the white dial, of course, would be a non-issue). Here, it really feels jarring, and I would prefer to see it deleted if a color-matched date wheel was not available. Yes, this is a common complaint we have about watches, and there are costs involved, but it is surprising to me that more brands have not addressed this yet.
Even for the issues I picked with some smaller details, I did enjoy my time with the Ball Conductor Transcendent. While Ball’s lightshow-on-the-wrist more often takes a sportier, more robust form, here, we have something that really is ready to be a dress watch. While it worked well enough at the office, it really felt like it shined brightest when I had it paired up with a suit. This is also a particularly affordable route to get into the Ball catalog, with the Ball Conductor Transcendent commanding a price of $2,699(for either the strap or the polished bracelet). In the current design, I think the white dial might be the better option of the two. When it comes to a tritium-equipped dress watch, however, I think the Ball Conductor Transcendent needs to be at the top of your list to check out. ballwatch.com
>Brand: Ball >Model: Conductor Transcendent >Price: $2,699 >Would reviewer personally wear it: Yes. Likely just for more formal occasions, but yes. >Friend we’d recommend it to first: This is perfect for the guy who is wearing suits frequently, but wants something more of a “wow” factor in their watch, which the curves and tritium certainly deliver. >Best characteristic of watch: The curves of the case (back and sides), crystal, and dial. It just makes for an uncommon and intriguing configuration. >Worst characteristic of watch: I’m going to pick on the date wheel again – either color-match it or delete it.
Presently, the Ball Engineer III CarboLIGHT is available for a distinctive pre-order price of $1,299 until November 30, 2017. Like preceding pre-order prices, Ball delivers complementary caseback engraving for a much more personal touch. The Ball Engineer III CarboLIGHT is limited to 1,000 pieces and you can learn more by going to the brand’s official site.Sponsored Posts are a kind of advertising that allows patrons to share useful news, messages, and offers to aBlogtoWatch readers in a way conventional display advertising is often not best suited to. All of Sponsored Articles are subject to editorial recommendations with the intent that they offer readers helpful information, promotions, or stories. Rarely at that price point do you locate a COSC rated motion, excellent quality, double curved anti-reflective coated sapphire and even special perks such as tritium tubes in one watch. In fact, just Ball delivers such a mix.
Ball Watch Co. is celebrating the 125th anniversary of the time Webster C. Ball, the company’s namesake, was commissioned to set the official railroad standard of timekeeping in the United States. The latest watch Ball releases to mark this notable anniversary is the Ball Engineer II Genesis Limited Edition that packs a lot of those features that we have come to love – and expect – from the brand.
Although the Ball Engineer II Genesis is a limited-production run, it is actually released in a number of different variations and even with the option of a customized case back. Available in either a 40- or 43-millimeter-wide and 13.55mm-thick stainless steel case with a screw-down crown and 100 meters of water resistance, the dial is either black or deep blue, while as for the strap, brown or black calf leather as well as a steel bracelet can be selected.
Regardless of color choice, Ball has added 28 tritium micro gas tubes to the dial, some of which are 1 millimeter thick for that extra pop in the dark. The result seems rather profound – in a good way – as there hardly is such a thing as “too much lume” on a dive watch. The key difference between tritium gas tubes and SuperLuminova is the fact that tritium glows ceaselessly and all by itself, i.e., without it necessitating an external light source to charge it. On the other hand, luminescent paint glows brighter right after it has been charged but glows only for up to about 10 or so hours before it turns completely dark. You can find out all about how these little glowing tubes are made in our special manufacture visit article here.
The tubes have been fitted to the dial’s hour indices – with 6, 9, and 12 being made of rather massive chunks of tritium tubes for extra legibility and, well, because they look rather cool. And as expected, the hour, minute, and seconds hands have also been fitted with tritium gas tubes.
Under the anti-reflective-coated sapphire crystal and the funky dial is the Ball RR1102 automatic movement, which should be a trusty ETA 2836 or its Sellita SW220 equivalent with date and day-of-the-week indications by the 3 o’clock index. The movement is held secure by Ball’s patented anti-magnetic and shock-absorbing holder which lends the Ball Watches New Replica a resistance to shocks up to 5,000 Gs – ticking another box of Ball watch “must-haves,” along with the tritium tubes.
The Ball Engineer II Genesis Limited Edition is available for pre-order here until December 31, 2015, with the free option of case back personalization, allowing for an engraving of up to 12 alpha-numeric characters. Pre-order price for the Ball Engineer II Genesis Limited Edition regardless of dial color and bracelet option will be $853 while supplies last and/or until December 31, 2015, with pre-orders shipping in March 2016; the retail price afterwards will be $1,550. ballwatch.com
Back in 2012, Ball watches made the interesting announcement that they would be producing watches in collaboration with BMW cars – and I thought that was pretty cool. aBlogtoWatch debuted the Ball for BMW watch collection and later went hands-on here. For 2015, Ball has quietly released one new piece in the Ball for BMW watch family with the TimeTrekker collection that includes both blue and black dial versions, as well as the watch on either a steel metal bracelet or a rubber strap.
One of the highlights of the Ball for BMW collection (aside from it being designed by the very talented watch designer Magali Metrailler) is that the BMW branding is rather subtle on the dial. That means the fact that the watch is by Ball but with BMW branding is not “in your face.” A small and tasteful BMW logo exists in a petite form next to the 3 o’clock hour indicator. The logo is there when the wearer wants to be reminded of it, but isn’t even readily apparent to others who view the watch on the wearer’s wrist.
The Ball for BMW TimeTrekker is essentially a watch with the time and a day/date complication. Ball uses a modified version of a Swiss ETA 2836 automatic movement. According to Ball, the movement is given their Amortiser shock protection system. This essentially allows the wearer to twist the back of the watch case in order to lock the automatic rotor from spinning.
The Ball for BMW TimeTrekker watches we saw hands-on were pre-production prototypes, but the case backs still displayed a cool BMW logo-inspired grid that nonetheless allowed for a splendid view of the movement inside. The movement features Ball’s Amortiser system mentioned above, a feature patented by Ball. The point of it is to help prevent damage to the Ball Watches Replica from shock. The catch, of course, is that you need to anticipate when the watch might experience shock in advance. The Amortiser locks the automatic rotor from spinning so that the movement is more protected from the effect of a serious shock.
Of course, when the automatic rotor is locked, it will not turn, and thus, the watch movement will not “self wind.” While the Amortiser feature is cool and works as advertised, it is not something that I think most watch wearers will utilize on a regular basis. In reviewing the Ball Engineer Hydrocarbon Spacemaster II Orbital watch here (that also features the complication) I recall finding the Amortiser system a fun, albeit difficult feature to use for real world applications.
Ball calls this base Swiss ETA movement their caliber RR11002-C, and in addition to the Amortiser system, this 4Hz mechanical movement is provided with COSC Chronometer certification for accuracy. It isn’t clear whether or not the movement will be visible through the caseback window on the final versions.
As promised, I am finally putting these watches together for the enjoyment. A few disclaimers: this is not an ideal matchup. The Omega and Ball are offered in similar sizes and dial up colours, but these particular examples are not perfectly aligned. Still, the overall stylistic and quality points could be determined in the photos. So what do you get for approximately twice the price?The resemblance is instantly obvious. While the Ball has selected to utilize broader-spaced lines, each has chosen the vertical stripes (teak dial). Their hour mark are rather similar.The difference in lume is very apparent even in day light. The Omega’s blue lume is a clean white, where the tritium tubes have a faint green appearance to them. I think they both look great.No doubt partially attributable to the Omega’s grey dial (versus the black one in the Ball), the warmth resistance is noticeably improved on the Omega.The hands and mark are equally nicely done, but also the Omega’s are substantially more complex. Do note, but the large level of gloss used on the interior of the Ball’s day/date display.The different choices daily windows will be highly divisive. Personally, I really enjoy the angular appearance of the Omega, but I’ll admit, the screen is much more readable on the Ball, mostly due to the high contrast appearance. Additional you receive an extra complication with the Ball.There are a few areas that I believe will be incontrovertible. To begin with, the Omega includes a much prettier movement. In addition, it offers a much longer power book, though they share the same 5 position adjustment and COSC score. Additional the ETA-based Ball actually has a slightly smoother sweep hand than the Omega.Here is the Aqua Terra along with the Red Label side by side, immediately following the Omega has been subjected to a bright light.
At 44mm wide in the brushed and polished steel case, the Ball for BMW TimeTrekker is a decent 13.45mm thick. I recall it wearing very comfortably and liking the look of the case a lot. Sure, you could go with the available “rubberized leather strap,” but why not opt for the specially designed (and good-looking) matching steel bracelet. The bracelet not only tapers (which is a sign of great design) but also has some nice edge polishing that I like.
Water resistant to 200 meters and anti-magnetic to 4,800A/m, the Ball for BMW TimeTrekker is a solid sports watch. Of course, this is a dive-style timepiece with a uni-directional rotating bezel that uses a black ceramic insert (good for scratch resistance). Also, the bezel numeral markers are applied with luminant. The dial is also very “diver style” with easy to read hands and a lot of nice details thanks to Magali. You get the look of a Ball for BMW design, but there is something also very decently refined in this look. I don’t drive a BMW at all, but I would still easily wear this timepiece.
Being a Ball, the dial is, of course, outfitted with tritium gas tubes for darkness illumination. You have more traditional round tritium gas tubes in the hands and at the 5, 6, and 7 o’clock hour markers, while the rest of the hour markers use larger, fatter tubes with blue colored tritium lume material. That is except for the 12 o’clock hour marker that uses a cool red colored “fat” tritium tube. There are a total of 14 tritium tubes on the dial.
An interesting design feature on the dial are the different styles of hour markers at the bottom of the dial. This happens to work very well for the Ball for BMW TimeTrekker design, but was, in my opinion, a brave move which could have only come from a very seasoned Ball Watches For Ladies Replica designer.
The black Ball for BMW TimeTrekker dial is bit more on the conservative, timeless side, while the dark blue dial is a bit more hip and contemporary. The blue isn’t necessarily quite as classy as the black dial, but it does have a more sporty, youthful feel. The Ball for BMW collection most certainly exists as a niche within the larger Ball brand, but it is uniquely well done and the BMW connection is probably going to be important for a lot of Ball fans. With that said, even if you don’t have BMW or are ambivalent to the car maker, the Ball for BMW TimeTrekker is still a very solid watch that is different from anything else that Ball produces. Price is $2,999 on a strap and $3,099 on the bracelet. ballwatch.com
The Ball Watches Leather Strap Replica you see here is the Ball Fireman Night Train SG50. SG50 because it was specially created to celebrate the 50th year of Singapore’s independence. However, before we go into more details on that, allow a few words on the history of the brand itself. The history of Ball is linked closely to the history of the American railroad network. As the American railroad network grew, it soon became clear that proper timekeeping was required for the system to run smoothly. The turning point came in 1891 where two trains collided at Kipton, Ohio, between Lake Shore and Michigan Southern because an engineer’s watch had stopped. The railroad officials then commissioned Webb C. Ball as the Chief Time Inspector, and he was charged with the daunting task of establishing standards and an inspection system for chronometers that would be used to manage America’s railway systems. This also marked the birth of Ball watches.
Though Ball has its roots in America, the company is now headquartered in La Chaux-de-Fonds in Switzerland and counts other brands such as Breitling, Cartier, and Girard-Perregaux as its neighbors, amongst many others. In its modern incarnation, Ball has forged a strong reputation for offering hardy and affordable timepieces. Most notably, the brand is also famous for using self-illuminating micro gas tubes. Because these tubes are self-lighting, Ball employs them as indices on their watches, which also makes them highly legible at night. Some models feature more than 50 of these tubes, which, as you can imagine, makes for a pretty cool show when the lights go off.
However, trying to navigate around Ball’s extensive collection can be a little confusing. A simple glance at their website indicates seven distinct collections. Of them all, the Fireman collection is easily one of the most popular and is a favorite entry point for watch-lovers who are new to the brand. Amongst them, the Night Train DLC is one of the highlights of the Fireman collection, and so we were not entirely surprised to see the Ball Night Train DLC used as the foundation for a special limited edition watch for Singapore.
As we said above, the watch you see here is the Ball Fireman Night Train SG50, specially created to celebrate the 50th year of Singapore’s independence. “Why Singapore?” you may ask. As a Singaporean, I can attest to the fact that my countrymen are a watch-crazy bunch. Despite having a population of under 6 million people, the value of Swiss watch exports in 2014 to our tiny tropical island country was reported by the Federation of the Swiss Industry to be 1.12 billion Swiss Francs – only six countries imported more Swiss watches than us (Hong Kong, U.S., China, Japan, Italy, and Germany). Therefore, it would not be a stretch to say that Singapore is one of the key markets for Swiss brands. This, I think, is probably why Ball decided to create a limited edition watch to mark the 50th anniversary of Singapore’s independence.
The Ball Fireman Night Train SG50 can be best described as a Ball Fireman Night Train DLC with a custom dial. We will go into details of the dial later, but what a dial it is! The case comes in a very modern size of 45mm, offers a water resistance rating of 100 meters, and has a very nice DLC (diamond-like carbon) finish, which makes the Cost Of Ball Watches Replica case more resistant to scratches and wear. The finishing is done so well that it almost looks as if it has a ceramic case.
And despite the large modern sizing and finish, the case design, with its stepped bezel and lyre lugs, is actually more reminiscent of classic dress watches. The lyre lugs also make the watch deceptively comfortable to wear and more versatile, despite its large size. That said, it has good wrist presence, but it definitely wears a little smaller than most watches of its size. So if you typically shun 45mm watches because you find them too large, give the Ball Fireman Night Train SG50 or the Ball Fireman Night Train DLC a go – you might be surprised.
However, the dial is where all the action is at. To commemorate SG50, Ball has used micro gas tubes to spell out SG at 12 o’clock and 50 at 6 o’clock. For those keeping track, this is the first time Ball has arranged its micro gas tubes to form letters of the alphabet. And as a result of this, the Ball Fireman Night Train SG50 also holds the record for most number of micro gas tubes used in Ball Watch, at a whopping 93. Legibility in both day and night is not an issue. And at night, the Ball Watch Engineer Hydrocarbon Replica really comes alive, putting on quite a “light show,” and is really fun and useful. I got a kick out of showing it off to friends at the cinema. And in case you were wondering, the Ball Fireman Night Train DLC on which this watch is based on has 75 micro gas tubes.
The dial might look plain from afar, but upon closer inspection, there are lots of details to take in. The micro gas tubes are placed directly into the dial, and this gives it an unexpected level of texture and depth. The chapter ring is marked at five-minute intervals and also slightly recessed with guilloche, which adds a dash of contrast to the dial. There’s also the SG50 logo at 9 o’clock, which I think is well-sized. Ball could have easily made it larger, but they have thoughtfully kept it at an appropriate size to nicely balance out the date window at 3 o’clock. And with the Ball logo at 12 o’clock and the words “Limited Edition” and “Automatic” at 6 o’clock, the dial has a good sense of symmetry. That said, even though the dial of the Ball Fireman Night Train SG50 is certainly not as clean as the Ball Fireman Night Train DLC, I think Ball has shown considerable restraint and kept things neat and sensible. They could have thrown in the Singapore flag or the Merlion too, but didn’t.
The case back, however, leaves much to be desired. It depicts a train trudging into the night and is the same case back that you get on the Ball Fireman Night Train DLC. Ball could really have spiced things up with a different case back – a case back depicting the city skyline of Singapore, say. Something like what Panerai did for their Singapore Boutique Edition would have been really nice and would make the watch more desirable and unique.
Beyond the case back is Ball’s automatic caliber RR1103, which I believe is based on the ETA-2824. A tough and proven movement that fits well with the spirit of this watch. The ETA-2824 beats at 4Hz, and so the seconds hand on the Ball Fireman Night Train SG50 sweeps smoothly. I only had the watch for a couple of days, and I found timekeeping to be good. It was fast by only a couple of seconds, which is nothing to be worried about for a watch with this movement.
The crown is engraved with Ball’s double-R logo and is rendered in stainless steel. It offers contrast to the DLC case, but it looks a little out of place to me, and should have had a matching DLC finish. The crown action is good and solid. Winding is really smooth, and the crown clicks into its positions solidly.
The Ball Fireman Night Train SG50 comes with what Ball calls a “caoutchouc” rubber strap, which is scented so as to mask the smell of perspiration. It has a strong vanilla smell, which might not be too everyone’s tastes, but I like it. It is also extremely soft and feels nice on the skin. The watch comes with a stainless steel roller-style buckle, which, like the crown, is a bit of a mismatch to me and should really have been given a DLC finish as well.
Overall, the Ball Fireman Night Train SG50 is a really fun piece that offers lots of bang for your buck. Thanks to the atypical case design, the Ball Watch 2013 Models Replica wears small and is more versatile than you might think. Furthermore, the DLC finish makes the watch more resistant to the rigors of daily wear, and when combined with the trusty ETA-2824 movement and rated water resistance of 100 meters, it just means that this watch can take about anything you throw at it. Obviously, the SG50 arrangement of micro gas tubes on the dial might not have significance to anyone outside of Singapore, but it is cool in the sense that it is the first time Ball has used micro gas tubes to form letters, and it has the most micro gas tubes of any Ball watch, which means it absolutely glows at night.
The Ball Fireman Night Train SG50 will be limited to just 1000 pieces, and Ball Watch Singapore will also donate $50 for every piece sold to the Autism Resource Center (ARC) of Singapore, effectively earmarking S$10,000 in donations to the ARC. Price for the Ball Fireman Night Train SG50 is S$2800 or roughly US$2055, depending on the exchange rate. ballwatch.com
>Brand: Ball >Model: Fireman Night Train SG50 >Price: S$2800 (US$2055) >Size: 45mm >Would reviewer personally wear it: Yes. >Friend we’d recommend it to first: Anyone looking for an interesting daily wear that can take anything thrown at it. >Best characteristic of watch: Versatile case design and night time legibility. >Worst characteristic of watch: Non-matching crown and Watch Ball Drop In Times Square Replica buckle.
The Ball Engineer III CarboLIGHT is available in both 40mm and 43mm case sizes with a thickness of 13mm. Both variations are closely balanced and even the larger version is meant to wear comfortably as a result of this case’s lightweight properties. A massive crown allows for easy operation plus a durable scratch-resistant sapphire crystal with date magnifier rounds out from CarboLIGHT’s slick layout. Moreover, the Ball Engineer III CarboLIGHT may be configured with both a blue or a black dial. Both ends nicely highlight the carbon fiber case composite and the display is as simple as they come. Large baton indexes mark the hours and large sword palms are used for quick and effortless legibility. Here, we also see a Ball signature — self-powered miniature gas light tubes that require no external charging.Another standout feature is the movement, which is a COSC chronometer certified automatic caliber Ball RR1103-C. Apart from the highly precise nature of the motion, the included Amortiser® system helps protect it in lateral impacts. At length, the Ball Engineer III CarboLIGHT comes with a calf leather strap with pin buckle or a black rubberized strap for a more rugged and casual texture.
The Ball Engineer III CarboLIGHT is available in both 40mm and 43mm case sizes with a thickness of 13mm. Both versions are closely balanced and even the bigger version is meant to wear comfortably thanks to the case’s lightweight properties. A massive crown allows for easy operation plus a durable scratch-resistant sapphire crystal with date magnifier rounds outside the CarboLIGHT’s slick layout. Water resistance is 100m. Both finishes nicely compliment the carbon fiber case composite and the screen is as straightforward as they come. Large baton indexes mark the hours and large sword hands are used for fast and easy legibility. Here, we also see a Ball signature — self-powered micro gas light tubes that need no outside charging.Another standout feature is the motion, which is a COSC chronometer certified automatic grade Ball RR1103-C. The foundation is that the ETA 2824 using a 38 hour power reserve and 28,800bph operational frequency. Besides the highly precise nature of the movement, the included Amortiser® system helps protect it from lateral impacts. Finally, the Ball Engineer III CarboLIGHT includes a calf leather strap with pin buckle or a black rubber strap for a more rugged and casual texture.
One Ball watch that should not be overlooked this year is the limited edition Ball Engineer Hydrocarbon Hunley ref. PM2096B-S1J-BK. Ball has been rather prolific as of late when it comes to both design variety and technology – which is great, but it also makes it difficult to keep track of everything that the Swiss brand (with American origins) is doing. The Ball Engineer Hydrocarbon Hunley represents an aesthetic refinement as well as technological advancement of the Ball Engineer Hydrocarbon Ceramic XV that I reviewed previously here. You can see that the former Ceramic XV model was the origin of this style, but the two watches are very different, aside from an overall look and feel.
After the Ball Ceramic XV came the slightly updated Ball Engineer Hydrocarbon Airborne (hands-on here), a cool model with some visual updates, but also Ball’s then brand new SpringLock system designed to protect the balance wheel against shock and vibration. The Ball Engineer Hydrocarbon Hunley is priced within a few hundred dollars of the Airborne, and I have a feeling consumers will have to make a difficult choice between them, because the two are a bit different and have distinct benefits. Both are pretty great watches, though. In my opinion, however, the Ball Engineer Hydrocarbon Hunley is the winner, simply because I like the look of the dial better and the addition of a power reserve indicator.
I’ve mentioned in the past that my “favorite” complication is probably a power reserve indicator. I find these to be the most useful and they further offer me the greatest ability to connect with the movement inside of the watches I am wearing. They are also very useful to me because I am not the type of person who wears the same watch each day. In addition to a date indicator window on the dial, the Ball Engineer Hydrocarbon Hunley also has an attractively designed power reserve indicator for what I believe is about two days worth of power reserve.
There is a lot to like about the Ball Engineer Hydrocarbon Hunley’s dial. It begins with a mostly matte texture dial that works well in contrast to the polished hands and hour markers. This means legibility is very good. I also like the rather clean look of the dial with the track of concentric circles being used only on the outside periphery of the dial, under the hour markers. Like other models in this Engineer Hydrocarbon family, the minute markers are placed on a curved flange ring around the main dial of the watch. Being a Ball product also means use of a lot of tritium gas tubes for lume – which self-illuminate for unrivaled ongoing legibility in the dark.
Ball also uses some traditional SuperLumiNova luminant, which is painted on the ceramic bezel insert. The diver’s style bezel rotates uni-directionally for added functionality. This is among the most refined Hydrocarbon Engineer designs in a collection of timepieces that try very hard to be both luxurious as well as masculine. One of the most interesting updates to the design of the Engineer Hydrocarbon case in the Ball Engineer Hydrocarbon Hunley is the use of a domed sapphire crystal, versus a flat one. Curved sapphire crystals are going to produce more glare as compared to a flat one, but the sapphire crystal is anti-reflective coated and legibility is very good in the watch overall.
At 42mm wide in steel, the Ball Engineer Hydrocarbon Hunley case wears very comfortably, but it doesn’t wear small. The broad lugs and locking crown guard make for a stately presence on the wrist. The Ball Engineer Hydrocarbon Hunley is also thicker than some other Engineer Hydrocarbon watches at 17.3mm thick, though given the wrapping lugs, it doesn’t visually appear to be that high. With 200 meters of water resistance, the Ball Engineer Hydrocarbon Hunley case has another reason for being thick – use of Ball’s patented Amortiser system.
Used on just a few Ball watches from time to time, the Amortiser system is among the more exotic and interesting features I believe that I’ve ever encountered. Of course, the Amortiser, like SpringLock, comes from Ball’s brilliant technical director Philippe Antille (seen here testing SpringLock with Kiss band members). The concept of the Amortiser is difficult to fully explain, but describing how it works is simple. The idea of the system is to lock the automatic rotor of a mechanical movement into place and prevent it from spinning. The question is, why would you want to do this?
Automatic movements can be damaged by the automatic rotor moving out of place if the entire movement is subject to severe shock – such as a fall. By locking the automatic movement, you of course prevent the A Ball Watch Replica from self-winding, but you also protect the movement from types of serious shock. Ball claims that with the Amortiser system engaged (which the user must do manually) the watch can survive a fall from 5.2 meters (in their tests). That is sort of a big deal. In order to lock the rotor, you must first take the watch off your wrist, and then go to the caseback of the watch and literally turn the inner part of the caseback from the “Off” to “On” position.
The brilliant part about having a power reserve indicator on the dial is that if you choose to have the Amortiser engaged for a long time, you can a least know the power left on the movement so that you can manually wind it if necessary. So for that reason, the Amortiser works really well with a power reserve indicator, because with it engaged, an automatic Ball Watch T100 Replica is turned temporarily into a manually wound watch. It is thus impressive that even with this moving caseback part, the Ball Engineer Hydrocarbon Hunley watch has 200 meters of water resistance. It also has shock resistance of up to 7,500 Gs and 4,800 A/m of anti-magnetic resistance.
The bracelet on the Ball Engineer Hydrocarbon Hunley is very well made, and there are small micro-extensions on each end which come in handy. Inside the Ball Engineer Hydrocarbon Hunley is the Ball caliber RR1201, which is a base Swiss Sellita or ETA mechanical movement with, of course, some modifications by Ball. For me, the Ball Engineer Hydrocarbon Hunley is a great assortment of features and design cues that feel very satisfying together, if you are looking for a high-quality and useful men’s sports watch (that also happens to be rather attractive). Even so, Ball will only produce the Ball Engineer Hydrocarbon Hunley ref. PM2096B-S1J-BK as a limited edition of 500 pieces. Price is $3,899. ballwatch.com
It was not all that long ago when we brought you word of Ball’s new creation that mixes up how we are used to interacting with a chronograph. That earlier article was based only on the PR materials (and photographs) that were made available. Today, we are able to bring you hands-on impressions (and photographs) of the Ball Engineer Master II Slide Chronograph.
Cutting straight to the chase here, what about that clever slider that is used to engage the chronograph? We found it easy enough to operate, and the operation itself is intuitive if you think about what the normal pushers do – the top pusher would start/stop, so you slide up. Conversely, the bottom pusher resets, so you slide down. In other words, you move the slide towards where a pusher would be located for the function you want. We were also pleased to note that the slide has a small tritium tube inserted, something that was not present in the original PR shots.
Speaking of tritium tubes, the Ball Engineer Master II Slide Chronograph is making use of their new flat tubes on the dial. We have seen these before on the Marvelight, but those were much wider. Here, they almost approach the width of the round tubes. This keeps things a bit more subtle, but it also allows for (or at least, it seems to to my eye) a more even glow when viewed in the dark. It also keeps things balanced with the handset, which still relies on the round tubes.
Another thing that struck us was how much more balanced the Ball Watches On Sale Replica seemed on the rubber strap. In the PR shots, the bracelet seemed entirely too small for the 48mm case. In our hands-on shots, you can see that the contoured rubber strap gives things a much more balanced look. Of course, it is worth noting that this is a big watch. Aside from the noted diameter, the watch is 15.5mm tall. Then again, we are fitting in an automatic chronograph movement, plus all of the requisite protections Ball generally includes (shock protection, anti-magnetism, and a modicum of water resistance). In other words, this is no subtle chrono – this is a beefy tool watch (with some refined looks).
The dial is pretty cleanly laid out, with the sub-registers easy to read (another benefit of a larger case). It is a shame, however, that the day and date wheels are not color matched to the dial – they stand out a bit for my tastes. Additionally, the hour hand does feel a bit chopped. I realize that you need to be able to easily differentiate the hour and minute hands, but something about the scale of that hour hand just feels off to me.
Speaking of some of the design elements, it is worth noting that the Ball Engineer Master II Slide Chronograph was designed by Magali Metrailler, who is all but exclusively designing for Ball now. Previously, she created the “Ball for BMW” collection, and she also did a lot of the Jaeger-LeCoultre AMVOX watches. That is an interesting portfolio already, and we are definitely looking forward to what else she creates.
In the end, this is another solid tool watch from Ball, albeit one with an interesting twist hiding up its (and under your) sleeve. The Ball Engineer Master II Slide Chronograph can be yours for a price of $3,299 on the rubber strap, or $3,399 on the steel bracelet; availability will be sometime in 2015. ballwatch.com
Both variations are closely balanced and even the larger version is intended to wear comfortably as a result of the case’s lightweight properties. A massive crown allows for simple operation and a durable scratch-resistant sapphire crystal with date magnifier rounds outside from CarboLIGHT’s slick layout. Water resistance is 100m. Both finishes nicely compliment the carbon fiber case composite and the screen is as simple as they come. Large baton indicators mark the hours and big sword palms are used for quick and easy legibility. Here, we also see a Ball signature — self-powered micro gas lighting tubes which need no external charging.Another standout feature is the movement, which is a COSC chronometer certified automatic caliber Ball RR1103-C. The base is that the ETA 2824 using a 38 hour power reserve and 28,800bph operational frequency. Apart from the exceptionally precise nature of the motion, the included Amortiser® system helps protect it from lateral impacts.