Ball Watch at Baselworld 2013
BALL made two announcements during Baselworld 2013 at the Chateau Bottmingen: SpringLOCK, and the under $6,000 Swiss Made annual calendar.
In front of the Chateau Bottingem where BALL would make two product announcements.
The faces of BALL. COO Daniel Alioth & CTO Philippe Antille
The SpringLOCK Announcement
SpringLOCK. SpringLOCK is a system that improves on the following problem with mechanical timepieces: Even if a watch is accurate to within chronometer specs ( -4 to plus +6 seconds a day), it can still gain or lose up to a minute a day if exposed to repetitive shock. This gain or loss can be attributed to a lack of protection of the hairspring, which is one of the main components that regulates a watch and ensures its accuracy. Along with the balance wheel and pallet fork, the hairspring is one of the three main components of the Balance Complete which regulates the watch. SpringLock provides a cage around the hairspring to reduce error caused by small shocks. When Chief Technical Officer Philippe Antille spoke at the Chateau, he envisioned a drummer wearing the watch while performing for 30 minutes without the watch’s accuracy being adversely affected. Subsequently, a test with Eric Singer of Kiss to gauge exactly how 30 minutes of rock star drumming will affect the accuracy is in the works!
BALL’s new shock-resistant patented system “SpringLOCK” is a cage that surrounds and protects the hairspring pictured above. A cutaway view of the cage is shown below the Balance wheel.
SpringLOCK will debut in three watches in 2013 and will likely expand in the future to cover more of the BALL collection.
Spacemaster Black a 42mm Titanium DLC Spacemaster that will feature a chronometer grade ETA 2892-A2, rubber strap, and ceramic bezel.
Spacemaster Airbourne A Steel case 42mm day-date Spacemaster with a ceramic bezel.
Trainmaster Cannonball II. A refreshed version of the popular 43mm dress chronograph. The watch will be available in black, gray, and white dials.
The Annual Calendar:
While there isn’t an Annual Calendar on the market that features railroad details or tritium gas markers, there also isn’t an Annual Calendar on the market that is a Swiss Made product below $9,000. During his presentation, Chief Technical Officer Philippe Antille asked the room which included ABlogtoWatch’s Ariel Adams and Europa Star’s Managing Editor Keith Strausberg to think of one example. Philippe was met with silence. While it has yet to be determined if the final form of the annual Calendar will be in the style of a Red Label, or if it will be in the format of a Trainmaster such as silver and blue raised arabic cleveland express, BALL is determined to come to market with an Annual Calendar at a U.S. retail of around $5,800. This will be around 60% of the cost of the least expensive Annual Calendars sold at Topper Fine Jewelers.
WUS founder Ernie Romers wearing the annual calendar prototype.
The Engineer II “Red Label style” annual calendar prototype.
BALL has yet to announce if the production version of the annual calendar will be in the EMII series, the trainmaster series, or both.The Topper Blog consists mainly of original writing by Rob & Russ Caplan with occasional special contributions and interviews. All photography in the blog is taken at Topper Fine Jewelers , or on location unless otherwise indicated in the photo captions.