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Baselworld 2014: Ball Watch Engineer II Magneto S With New Antimagnetic Technology

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At Baselworld this year, Ball Watch Co. announced the Ball Engineer II Magneto S, a new mechanical watch with a patented magnetic protection system. Ball’s new technology, known as the A-Proof device, shields the movement from magnetic fields up to 80,000 Amperes per meter (A/m). … [Read more...]

24 Holiday Watches for the Budget-Minded

Seiko “Black Monster” SRP307

Christmas is right around the corner, and many of you might still be looking for the perfect gifts for your fellow watch freaks. With just a few days left to go, we're offering some suggestions for watch gifts that won't break the bank. Follow the links below for 24 affordable watches you can buy this holiday season. In Fratello Friday: My Top 5 Watches Under $1,000, blogger Robert-Jan Broer … [Read more...]

Video: Ball Engineer Hydrocarbon NEDU

Ball Engineer Hydrocarbon NEDU

In WatchTime's January-February 2014 issue, on sale December 31, technical editor Mike Disher tests the Ball Engineer Hydrocarbon NEDU, a "muscular tool watch" boasting a COSC-certified chronograph movement and a tough titanium case.  Click below to watch an exclusive video of the watch taken by Robert Atkinson (who also provided photos for the story), available only here on … [Read more...]

Facetime November 16

Greg McWillam and his wife Lynn Melanson rest with their dog Bella after hiking to Ripple Rock, overlooking Seymour Narrows on Vancouver Island, Canada. Greg wears his 50th Anniversary Limited Edition James Bond Omega Seamaster calibre 2507, while Lynn wears her Technomarine Cruise.

Welcome to another installment of Facetime! Thanks to Greg McWilliam, Scott Jones, and Matthew Yehiel for the great pictures! As always, if you would like to be featured in our weekly Facetime section, as well as on Pinterest and our other social networks, please submit a hi-res pic (at least 1mb) to We’ll also select the most popular weekly photos every two months and … [Read more...]

Tough Timers: 10 Watches for Extreme Conditions

Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Compressor Extreme LAB 2

Mechanical watches are delicate pieces of machinery that can be thrown off kilter if the proper precautions aren't taken. Magnetic fields, extreme temperatures, and shocks are among the risks watches face. Below, in this list excerpted from a feature in WatchTime's November-December 2011 issue, we take a look at some watches designed to withstand these outside factors. The Jaeger-LeCoultre … [Read more...]

KISS Drummer Eric Singer Tests Ball Watch on Stage


At a recent invitation-only press event at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Tokyo, KISS drummer (and WatchTime Connoisseuer profile subject) Eric Singer tested a Ball watch during on onstage performance. The watch, the Ball Engineer Hydrocarbon Airborne, features Ball Watch's new SpringLOCK anti-shock system, which was put through its paces by Singer's rigorous, high-energy rock-and-roll set. Singer, a … [Read more...]

6 Extreme Divers’ Watches

Breitling Superocean Chronograph M2000

All divers' watches share certain characteristics that make them divers' watches: unidirectional rotating bezels, secure screw-down crowns, higher-than-typical water resistance. Some of these divers' watches, however, go the extra mile (or fathom), with cases that can descend to 3,000 or even 4,000 meters, chronographs operable at incredible depths, or high-tech depth gauge devices built into … [Read more...]

Facetime August 3

Emmanuel Amar and his wife Sharon pose at a relative's wedding in Toronto. Emmanuel is wearing a Carl F Bucherer Patravi ChronoDate given to him for his 40th birthday.

Welcome to another installment of Facetime! Thanks to Emmanuel Amar, Ken Masten, and Scott Rouleau for the great pictures! As always, if you would like to be featured in our weekly Facetime section, as well as on Pinterest and our other social networks, please submit a hi-res pic (at least 1mb) to We’ll also select the most popular weekly photos every two months and present … [Read more...]

5 Mechanical Watches Under $2,000

Raymond Weil Maestro Trois Aiguilles Or Rose

At this year's Swiss watch fairs, as in most years, the attention-grabbing new releases were the most astronomically priced timepieces with the most complex movements. But what about those who are seeking a more "entry-level" timepiece without compromising on the mechanical movement? We've compiled a list of new watches with automatic movements that might have flown under the radar. While less … [Read more...]

Ball for BMW Adds Mechanical Thermometer, Chronograph to its Collection (Video)

Ball for BMW TMT limited edition

Ball Watch Company, which launched its first Ball for BMW watches last year, introduced two new additions to the collection, developed in collaboration with the German luxury carmaker, at this year's Couture show in Las Vegas: the Ball for BMW TMT, which incorporates the brand's mechanical thermometer module, and the Ball for BMW Chronograph. … [Read more...]

Couture Watch and Jewelry Show Opens in Las Vegas

Ball Trainmaster Roman

With Baselworld barely in the rearview mirror, watch brands and those of us who cover them made the pilgrimage this week to the annual watch and jewelry fairs in Las Vegas. The first of them, called Couture, kicked off yesterday at the Wynn Hotel and Casino. Below you'll find some photos and brief descriptions of several of the timepieces, some of which were not unveiled in Basel, that I saw at … [Read more...]

Ball and BMW Team Up For New Watch Collection

Ball for BMW Classic blue dial

Ball Watch Company, whose history is rooted in the early days of train travel, has taken its watchmaking talents from the rails to the roads, collaborating with German luxury automaker BMW to introduce a new line of watches, called Ball for BMW. … [Read more...]

From the Las Vegas Watch and Jewelry Shows: Ball and Bremont


WatchTime is attending the Couture and JCK Watch and Jewelry Fairs in Las Vegas this week, and we're getting a chance to check out (and try on) some cool timepieces that we missed at Baselworld back in March. At the Couture show, held at Vegas's luxurious Wynn Hotel and Casino, We visited Bremont, where brand co-founder Nick English showed us many of the interesting new watches and told us … [Read more...]

Million-Dollar Club: What Watch Brands Spent the Most on Advertising in 2011?

Rolex/Chanel/BellRoss/Omega graphic

If watch advertising is a barometer of the health of a market — and it is — then the U.S. watch market is bouncing back after the catastrophe of 2009. Spending on watch advertising in the United States jumped 16 percent in 2011 to $365.8 million, indicating that the watch market here is improving. … [Read more...]

New Ball Watch Honors 100 Years of New York’s Grand Central Terminal

Ball Grand Central Terminal watch

New York City's iconic railroad hub, Grand Central Terminal, reaches its Centennial in 2013, and now Ball Watch, a brand indelibly linked to the history of railroading, is releasing a commemorative timepiece specially suited to the Big Apple's homesick travelers and expats: the Engineer Master II GCT, whose second-time-zone function uses Grand Central Time (GCT) rather than the traditional … [Read more...]

Ball Watch Co. Engineer Hydrocarbon Magnate

Ball claims its new EH Magnate is built around a single objective: to create a utilitarian watch designed for people who demand optimal reliability. It delivers on that count, and adds into the bargain a COSC-certified chronometer movement and the Ball Watch reputation for ruggedness and excellent nighttime legibility. Find wallpaper and pricing inside. … [Read more...]

Ball Trainmaster One Hundred Twenty

Ball Watch Co. celebrates 120 years of accuracy under adverse conditions with the Trainmaster One Hundred Twenty. Combining a dressy look, a solid 18K gold case, and Ball's trademark micro gas tubes for excellent nighttime visibility, the Trainmaster One Hundred Twenty elegantly combines history and technology. Find wallpaper and pricing inside. … [Read more...]

Ball Fireman Storm Chaser DLC

As you may guess from the name, the Fireman Storm Chaser pays tribute to Ball Watch explorer Dr. Josh Wurman. The white on black design symbolizes lightning in the dark, and the caseback bears an engraving of “the Doppler On Wheels” vehicle that lets Wurman get up close and personal with tornadoes. Find wallpaper and pricing inside. … [Read more...]

Who are Switzerland’s Top Chronometer Producers?

Rolex, Omega and Breitling once again lead the list of Switzerland’s top producers of chronometer watches. Data recently released for 2009 by Switzerland’s official chronometer testing agency, COSC (Contrôle Officiel Suisse des Chronomètres), shows that the Big Three accounted for 78% of all chronometer certificates issued that year. (A watch is designated as a certified chronometer if its … [Read more...]

Ball Watch Engineer Master II Diver Worldtime Hits Retailers

The new Engineer Master II Diver Worldtime from Ball Watch Company is now available at authorized retailers. The watch houses a movement that incorporates a world time module developed by Ball and manufactured in its workshops. The module is added to the ETA caliber 2836 to create the first Day/Date Worldtime movement. … [Read more...]