After conquering the American railroads, timepieces from Ball Watch Company started appearing in the pockets of the New World’s leading bankers and wealthy gentlemen. These adventurers of modern times were driven by the notions of discovery and opening up the land, embodied in the powerful locomotives that crisscrossed the country.
As they moved from the pockets of railroad workers into those of the dandies, the watches took on a more stylish appearance. They were finished to reflect the latest trends, but never lost sight of the two principles held so highly by company founder Webb C. Ball: extreme precision and perfect readability.
The curves and exuberance that characterized the Art Nouveau movement gave way to bold geometric forms: elongated octagons and corners cut at 45 degrees. Art Deco was born.
Ball Watch Company has sought to pay homage to this slice of history. The Trainmaster Secometer is heir to the Roaring Twenties model but skillfully incorporates 21st century technology.
Recognizable for its originality and refinement, this limited edition of 500 watches is available in 18K pink or 18K yellow gold. The Trainmaster Secometer has an automatic mechanical movement and is remarkably showcased by its black alligator strap. As in the 1920s, the dial is made easier to read by a seconds disk under the dial. The 12 indexes and the hands are equipped with 3H technology making the time exceptionally easy to read at night.
The presentation case is just one of the many features that echo the watch’s heritage; it opens to reveal a magnificent pocket watch, the back of which is decorated with a monogram drawn by Webb C. Ball himself.
With its tradition of providing explorers with watches that allow them to read the time under the most adverse conditions, whether by day or at night, the Ball Watch Company is now more than ever committed to bringing watchmaking tradition into the spotlight.
Reference number: NM1098D-PG-LCJ-WH
Movement: Automatic calibre ETA 2895-2, certified by the Swiss Official Chronometer Control
Functions: Hours, minutes, rotating small seconds and date; 14 micro gas tubes on hour, minute hands and dial for night reading capability
Case: 18K pink gold with engraved outer bezel and enamel dial, diameter 41mm, height 10.9mm; anti-reflective sapphire crystal and transparent case back; screwed-in crown, water-resistant to 50m; shock-resistant to 5,000Gs
Band: Crocodile leather strap with 18K gold pin buckle
For more information, please visit www.ballwatch.com next week. The watch will be available at Authorized Dealers very soon.