Ball Watches have extended their attractive BMW range, by creating a bold chronograph model that comes in stainless steel and DLC coated versions. Designed by the renowned Swiss designer Magali Métrailler, this modern looking watch brings all characteristics about chronographs that we love so much – well balanced combination of elegance and sporty elements, superb functionality, high readability and a series of components and design solutions that recall shape and style of the newest BMW cars. Not just that the new Ball for BMW Chronograph is one of the most beautiful car inspired models that we have seen in the last couple of years, but it is also the COSC certified chronometer that guarantees high-end performances.
Last years, Ball Watches & BMW made a deal to create a series of high-end watches from Ball for BMW and even it is really hard to make significant impact in that ‘car inspired watch’ field, it seems that the US brand did the great job. There are so many great timepieces dedicated to an automobile company. I will mention just a few partnerships which are responsible for those exceptional creations: Hublot and Ferrari, Breitling and Bentley, Tag Heuer and Mercedes, Jaeger-LeCoultre and Aston Martin… That is why we always have high expectations from the watchmaker which enters this field, especially when there is a true automotive giant on the other side, such as BMW. Of course, watchmakers can choose the easiest way by putting some branding on the watch and ensuring some common features. Even in that case, Ball Watches would probably sell their products very easily to the avid fans of BMW. However, the American manufacturer managed to produce a watch that will be loved even by those who do not know much about BMW cars.
With its delicately shaped curves, the case of the Ball for BMW Chronograph is a nice reminiscent of the sharp lines on the outside of modern BMW models. Besides, the dial of the Chronograph with different shades of black features a grille-type motif, as well as the orange Inka, typical for speed dials of BMW cars. The arrangement of the dial is marvelous. In the central part, there are three chrono sub-dials: the 30-minute counter takes the 12 o’clock position, the 12-hour counter is at the 6 o’clock position, while the small second sub-dial is located at the 9 o’clock. At the 3 o’clock, there are two apertures, indicating month and date. Above them, there is the inscription of the brand’s name, while the iconic BMW logo is applied below date windows, on such a nice manner which testifies about the level of stylishness of the watch. Hour and minute hands and the diamond-cut metal indexes are covered with Swiss micro-tubes of ³H gas which provides an extraordinary legibility in the dark, up to 100 times higher than conventional luminescent paint offers.
These indicators are framed by an interesting pattern, marked by sand-blasted and satin-finished pattern. It features applied hour markers. At the outer rim, there is a minute scale, which makes a slight contrast with the tachymeter scale on a bezel. The robust case has the diameter of 44 mm. It is crafted in stainless steel and for the second version, it is coated with DLC (Diamond Like Carbon) for a typical look of modern racing watches. Besides, this coating increases resistance and hardness of the case. Ball for BMW Chronograph with the DLC case comes with a rubberized leather strap, while the stainless steel version is available either with a stainless steel bracelet or a calf leather strap with a nice ‘racing style’ decoration and white stitching.
Sapphire crystal covers the case on both sides. On the back, it reveals a high-end ETA 7750 self-winding chronograph movement whose precision and durability are guaranteed by the Official Swiss Chronometer Testing Institute (COSC). It is reinforced with the Amortiser®, patented anti-shock system that absorbs lateral impacts and protects the mechanism from different disturbances.