Ball Watch Company certainly like to test their limits – a little like Englishman Edward Whymper and his team when they ascended to the summit of the Matterhorn in 1865. Known as “The Mountain of Mountains”, the highest peak in the European Alps was conquered twice within the space of four days, having never been accomplished before. Ball Watch Company now celebrate 150 years since this highly famous conquest took place by launching a brand new addition to the Engineer Hydrocarbon Family. The immaculate new Ball Engineer Hydrocarbon Arctic Chronometer is built with strength, stamina and confidence.
Ball Watch Company have brought us a new mechanical timekeeping masterpiece in honour of the pioneering spirits of those that lead the way on the world of exploration today. The watch is graced with a number of cutting edge features together with Ball’s remarkable and highly accomplished patented technologies. The Ball Engineer Hydrocarbon Arctic Chronometer reflects the many human traits found in the bravest of explorers. Resilience, boldness, and belief in capability just being a few! But in order to appreciate how Ball watches create that link between man and watch, let us first learn of the adventure and history behind the inspiration of the sophisticated tool. When Whymer reached his goal all those years ago, he was just hours ahead of his rival, Jean-Antoine Carell. Having seen the victorious defeater reach the final point and revel in his fantastic achievement, a disappointed and frustrated Carrel turned and headed back down the mountain before seeing the journey through. Little could he have imagined, that four of Whymper’s companions fell to their death on their descent down the Italian south facet that day, yet this didn’t deter Carrel from attempting the Matterhorn Mountain a second time where he reached the end with success. Having pushed through his body’s limits and by sheer determination and self-will, Carrel earned his credibility until he sacrificed his own life by saving a number of victims of a snowstorm on the very same mountain.
Now, Ball Watch Company come at courage and heroism from a different angle. The new weapon comes equipped with an uber-tough coat of armour. The COSC certified chronometer is protected inside a tough hydrocarbon casing with Hydrocarbon-chain lubricants for undersea operations and overland conditions of -40°C. The Ball Engineer Hydrocarbon Arctic Chronometer is shock resistant to 5,000G impact, anti-magnetic to 4,800 A/m fields and bears a sealed-system of water resistance to 300 metres. If that wasn’t enough, the scratch proof ceramic bezel shows remaining oxygen supply time and mission elapsed time. The slim case design of 13.25mm depth allows for the timepiece to sit neatly on the wrist, securely fastened against the skin by the stylish and attention demanding NATO style band, dressed in sharp colours of red peach and black. The noble warrior exhibits its crisp Arabic numerals and chiselled batons through a scratch-resistant and anti-reflective sapphire crystal glass. The resilient and highly protective window seals tightly to the solid back of the case which bears a beautiful arctic exploration engraving. The dial of the Ball Engineer Hydrocarbon has been fitted with 31 self-powered tritium-filled gas tubes which light the way during hours of need, complemented by a SuperLuminova coating to the ceramic bezel markings to aid legibility further. The 42mm limited edition of 100 pieces is also available on an optional stainless steel bracelet version which is integrated with a patented foldable buckle and has been developed to fit over a snow suit or wet jacket with the addition of a link extension system. The automatic calibre BALL RR1101-C promises reliability and high accuracy throughout its use in extreme external conditions of harsh temperatures and challenging environments – a credit to the bravest of global explorers.
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