Friday, October 21, 2016

Ball Watch Trainmaster Collection – Kelvin Timepiece

Posted by Schwarzschild at 9:00:00 AM in Ball (25)

The class and smartness of a good timepiece around a man's wrist is a mega plus point for his personality. A sophisticated watch shows elegance and sophistication of character and the value of time for a person. There are many brands in the world which sell elegant and exquisite watches which will leave you drooling. It’s a hard choice of selecting which design will suit you. If you are someone who likes classic with a touch of modern techniques then you should be looking at the Ball Watch Trainmaster collection or the Ball Trainmaster Kelvin watch.

This watch is one of a kind and a representation of elegance. The Ball Trainmaster has the classical design of all the Ball watches with tritium pipes representing the hours. The reason that this watch has the name Kelvin attached to it is because it comes with a built-in sophisticated thermometer. The name Kelvin comes from Lord Kelvin who gave the theory about absolute zero and after whom the Kelvin Temperature Scale is named.

This built-in mechanical thermometer indicates the corresponding temperature on the scale at precisely 6 o'clock. The mechanical thermometer fitted in Trainmaster Kelvin watch is a classical old fashioned thermometer. It uses bimetallic strips to indicate the difference of temperature. A bimetallic strip is a union of two alloys which are joined together and coiled onto a spiral. Then these strips are mounted on a plate. The temperature is indicated by the difference in the rate of expansion and contraction on the two alloys.

The trainmaster Kelvin has a stainless steel case which is 39.5 mm in diameter. The temperature scale in the watch is capable of reading a temperature between -35 C and 45 C. The hands and hour markers are featured with a tritium gas tubes which give a bright fluorescence in the dark. The best thing about using tritium gas tubes for hour markers and the hands is that tritium is an isotope of Hydrogen which is a radioactive material. It means that it radiates its own energy and gives off a permanent strong glow in the dark unlike other “glow-in-the-dark” watches. The only problem with using tritium is that it has a half-life of about 12 years which means that its brightness will be reduced by half after that.

The Trainmaster Kelvin is also available in 18K Rose Gold which is a mark of elegance in itself. Ball Watch Trainmaster Kelvin is a one of a kind watch which is a great piece of art which can enhance a man's personality. Its stainless steel and powerful dial represent power itself which is the main feature of a man's personality. It has a crocodile leather strap with 18K rose gold or stainless standard buckle. 

Friday, June 24, 2016

Ball and BMW

Posted by Schwarzschild at 10:00:35 AM in Ball (25)

Perfection and precision are traits synonymous to both automobile engineering and watchmaking technology. That’s why the partnership between Ball and BMW is an ideal co-branding with both companies sharing the same values for excellence.  Ball for BMW is the watchmaker’s signature collection that celebrates the hallmarks of the automobile icon. The watch model is COSC certified for technological optimization, aesthetic style, and symmetry. The linear design is distinctively BMW. Moreover, you can personalize the watch by having your limited edition number engraved at the caseback of the GMT Chronometer at an additional cost. The Ball for BMW watch is available in stainless steel and diamond-like carbon, in blue or grey dial. It is also customizable with or without the BMW logo on the backside.
Ball is available at Schwarzschild's on Alverser Drive and at Carry Town.

Friday, February 19, 2016

Polar cold

Posted by Schwarzschild at 9:45:00 AM in Ball (25)

The human body is not designed for polar cold, where temperature can drop up to -50 Celsius degrees. Intense cold will instantly result in freezing our muscles and blood, causing the body to shut down and eventually die off. We have a form of defense though—shivering and chattering—to tell our body to find shelter fast before we succumb to the cold, but ultimately, we will need protection like multi-layered clothing to keep ourselves warm. Same thing goes with a standard watch subjected to extreme cold. Its mechanism will shut down eventually due to extreme cold pressure. It needs protection and this is what Ball watches enjoy. Ball has a cold temperature endurance engineering that uses special lubrication to allow the watch to keep functioning up to below -60 Celsius. That’s a full ten degree lower than extreme polar cold temperature.
Ball is available at Schwarzschild's on Alverser Drive and at Carry Town.

Friday, January 01, 2016

The Watch of Heritage

Posted by Schwarzschild at 11:45:00 AM in Ball (25)

Wearing Ball Watch goes beyond wearing watches. It’s projecting style and confidence. Ball Watch models are crafted with precision engineering that allows simultaneous minute parts to work seamlessly under adverse conditions. This is the extra quality feature that you don’t get from other luxurious sports watches. Likewise, when you wear a Ball Watch you subscribe to its heritage role as the watch that made American railroads safer, and made America an industrial powerhouse it is today. Ball Watch models are not just watches; they are testaments to a man’s respect for history and future. Choose from a range of Ball Watch collections, such as, Railroad Watch, 21st Century, and Flying Scotsman.  Each item features sapphire crystal caseback and some of these have crocodile leather strap with rose gold as accent.
Ball Watch is available at Schwarzschild's on Alverser Drive.

Friday, September 11, 2015

Eric Singer’s Ball

Posted by Schwarzschild at 2:00:00 AM in Ball (25)

Ball Watch is known for its technological ingenuities and one of its most recent innovations is the SpringLock system. It’s an anti-shock system that reduces the shock impact of balance-spring by 66%. The balance-spring is the watch’s regulating mechanism that’s responsible for precision timekeeping. Continuing with its time accuracy tradition that was highlighted when the company was awarded to keep trains on time during America’s Gilded Age, Ball created the SpringLock system to further wristwatch accuracy. How effective is this new technology? To find out, Ball enlisted an unexpected subject: Eric Singer, the legendary drummer of the band KISS. He wore the watch at the band’s Tokyo concert the whole time. It was found to maintain the same tick-tocking rhythm after all of Eric’s beat banging and smashing for hours. Now that rocks.
Ball Watch is available at Schwarzschild's at Short Pump Town Center.

Friday, June 05, 2015

Singapore’s 50th anniversary

Posted by Schwarzschild at 10:49:11 AM in Ball (25)

Ball Watch, the watch icon that helped build America’s railroad and heralded the country’s march to its Gilded Age, recently launched the Ball Fireman Night Train SG50 to celebrate, well, Singapore’s fiftieth founding anniversary. Why Singapore? The simple answer is it makes business sense. For a tiny population of six million people, Singapore is reported to be worth 1.12 billion swiss francs, the sixth largest Swiss watch consumer country after the U.S., China, Japan, Italy, and Germany. Okay, it didn’t explain much because Ball is American, right? Well, the company is now headquartered in La Chaux-de-Fonds in Switzerland, making it a little bit more Swiss today. The SG50 is marked with big, bold “SG” letters at twelve o’clock to mark the half-century existence of the tiny but progressive country. At the core of this watch, though, is still the indomitable American go-getter attitude to conquer new territories as the railroads had conquered the west; in this case, its the Singaporean market.
Ball Watch is available at Schwarzschild's at Short Pump Town Center.

Saturday, August 09, 2014

The Storm chaser

Posted by Schwarzschild at 2:35:51 PM in Ball (25)

Only the toughest men can withstand the toughest condition in the world. Ball Watch has been supporting these tough men, not the burly, muscular guy you see guarding a bar’s entrance, but committed professionals whose works bring them at the frontline of extreme weather. Like Joshua Wurman, an American atmospheric scientist and inventor who chase storms for a living. He’s best known as the “scientist” in the Discovery Channel’s “Storm Chasers,” where his team goes after tornados to do research. Wurman knows the hazards of his trade, and he knows he can count on his Ball Watch to conduct precision timing during his field research. When strong winds that can lift up trucks are bearing towards you, a second too late of making a decision can spell life and death.
Ball Watch is available at Keller & George on Millmont St., Charlottesville.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Rock Star

Posted by Schwarzschild at 1:39:08 PM in Ball (25)

Rock climbing is not for the faint of heart. More so, free solo rock climbing, without aid of harness or ropes, is reserved only for the toughest climbers. Alex Honnold, the celebrated American rock climber belongs to that special class of Ball Watch ambassadors, persons who have faced the toughest environment… and conquered it. For Honnold, that is Yosemite Triple crown, finishing the climb in one day at the age of 21. He also holds the speed rock climb record on Nose El Capitan at 2:23:51. Likewise, he had free solo climbed The Phoenix, Astroman, and Rostrum landmarks at record speeds.  Asked why he likes what he does, Honnold just brushed his shoulders and replied he likes tall, long routes and he loves to climb them fast. 
Ball Watch is available at Schwarzschild's on Alverser Drive.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Since 1891, Accuracy Under Adverse Conditions

Posted by Schwarzschild at 12:29:29 PM in Ball (25)

Ball Watch has a rich history of accurate timekeeping under adverse conditions. The founder, Webb C. Ball, helped in the establishment of precision standards and a reliable timepiece inspection system for Railroad Watches. This was just right after the infamous collision between Lake Shore and Michigan Southern Railways at Kipton, Ohio. The collision was said to have occurred because an engineer’s watch had stopped unnoticed for about 5 minutes. 
Webb C. Ball helped develop the specifications for watches in railroad service and his mission to provide accurate timepieces that can function in adverse conditions didn’t stop there. Ball Watch continued to make pieces that function from the deep blue ocean to outer space. 
Ball Watches don’t just let you function in adverse conditions. They also allow you to continue looking good under such conditions. 
If you have an active lifestyle and Ball Watch pieces suit you, come get them at Schwarzschild’s in Carry Town. 

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Néry’s viral skin dive video

Posted by Schwarzschild at 3:08:16 PM in Ball (25)

Have you seen the recent viral video of French skin diver Guillaume Néry? The world record holder in free diving — he doesn’t have any breathing equipment or gear — dived into the world’s largest sinking hole at Dean’s Blue Hole in the Bahamas. It was an exhilarating and tense diving; Néry walked into the edge of the underwater sinkhole first and, standing at the edge, plunged directly down to the dark, unfathomable bottom. On descent, he’d use the underwater cliff side to climb up, giving it a surreal slow motion Hollywood effect. He was gliding gracefully on the way up until he reached the surface. Néry, a Ball Watch ambassador, kept a precise self-breathing technique to last the dive, much like his watch works with accuracy to give him the exact moment on his way down and up the sinking hole.
Ball Watch is available at Schwarzschild's at Short Pump Town Center.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Human endurance knows no boundaries

Posted by Schwarzschild at 2:26:49 PM in Ball (25)

What drives a man to break a world record? To flaunt his skills and abilities? To exude extreme talent? To prove to the world that he is the best? We think not. Breaking a world record is personal. The real competition is within the athlete, himself or herself. It’s the passion to do things better, to achieve greater heights, not to impress others, but as living proof to push humanity’s progress farther and better. It’s the same drive that pushed Guillaume Nery to break the world record on free diving (without aid of breathing equipment) at minus 125 meters in September of last year. Nery pushed the boundaries of human endurance against a tough environment. It’s the same characteristics shared by Ball watches, Nery’s choice of timepiece.
Ball Watch is available at Schwarzschild's on Alverser Drive.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Dangerous time

Posted by Schwarzschild at 1:37:08 PM in Ball (25)

It’s a dangerous world out there. That’s the emblematic theme of the Fireman Collection by Ball watches. Their design evokes a sense of urgency, robustness, toughness, and reliability in times of emergencies. Not that Ball expects you to get in this situation—the worst case for you, perhaps, is being told by the boss, “We need to talk”—but the timepiece is reflecting the precision engineering and tough-nut-to-crack craftsmanship that made Ball into an urban marvel. It was one of the “builders” of the railroad-era America, the country’s great leap from a sleeping giant to a superpower. It’s a time when a slight mistake in keeping the trains in time could result in disastrous mishaps. It’s a time when dangerous situations demanded a Ball watch.
Ball Watch is available in Schwarzschild's at Carry Town. 

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Are you afraid of the dark?

Posted by Schwarzschild at 9:45:29 AM in Ball (25)

For a long time, reading time in the darkness had been a headache for most of us. Existing luminosity in most watches uses common luminous materials with similarly luminous colors. This is why Ball Watch came up with the highly anticipated solution to the long-persisting dilemma of reading time in the dark with its Self-Powered Micro Gas Lights (3H). This pioneering Swiss technology securely traps pure tritium gas in a borosilicate glass tube covered with luminescent substance. When the tritium’s electrons come in contact with the luminous phosphors within the glass, sustained bright light is created. Most corrosive materials as well as oil and water have essentially no effect on these tubes, which, by the way, are also resistant to extreme weather and shock.
So stop giving excuses of not knowing the time when you're amidst total darkness. Get a Ball Watch now and never fail on keeping track of time, with or without any light. Schwarzschild’s on Alverser Drive is an authorized Ball Watch dealer.

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Ball is in the Navy

Posted by Schwarzschild at 8:36:01 AM in Ball (25)

In 2011, Ball Watch introduced a chronometer that is certified as water resistant up to 3,000 meters deep. Just recently, the company has launched the new Engineer Hydrocarbon NEDU (or Navy Experimental Diving Unit). NEDU is the U.S. Navy unit tasked to perform intricate diving and underwater activities for policy-making purposes for the U.S. Armed Forces. The new Ball NEDU integrates several new features and enhancements from its predecessor, and introduces fresh elements to address the intricate demands of deep-sea Navy divers. Increased attention was given to the rotating bezel to allow an ergonomic shape, as well as to the size of the graduation and numerals to enable quick time reading even under extreme underwater conditions. Notable also is the pioneering integration of the automatic helium release valve into the crown, which eliminates the danger of surface liability to warp under intense water pressure, which further ups the ante of this chrono’s water resistance capability. 
Find Ball Watch at Schwarzschild’s at Short Pump Town Center.

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Ball Watch’s elite

Posted by Schwarzschild at 7:36:47 AM in Ball (25)

When it comes to the benchmark of time accuracy Ball Watch has a tight grip on it down to the millisecond. This is evident by the fact that the watchmaker is made to be the official timer for railroad systems in the United States since 1891. Today, railroad operators are not the only ones who rely on Ball Watch to keep tab of time. Explorers, too, like Alex Honnold, a world record holder for free solo climbing; Brian Binnie, spacecraft altitude record holder; Christopher Hillman, a doctor servicing the Himalayan range; and Eudurne Pasaban, the first woman to climb all fourteen peaks reaching 8,000 meters high. They belong to the Ball Watch’s Explorers Club, the elite adventure people who depend on Ball Watch to set the time right for them.
Ball Watch is available at Schwarzschild's at Alverser Drive.

Saturday, October 19, 2013

The Legacy of Ball Watch

Posted by Schwarzschild at 2:48:44 PM in Ball (25)

Ball Watch timepieces are renowned for their accuracy, which carry the legacy of its founder, Webster Clay Ball. Ball was commissioned by railroad officials to be the Chief Time Inspector after a railroad mishap called for better timekeeping. Ball demanded stricter guidelines such as timepieces that resist magnetism, rely on five positions for a more accurate time and isochronism, feature power reserve and with easy-to-read dial placements. The same strict guidelines are still being practiced in creating each Ball watch today, such as Engineer I and II, Engineer Hydrocarbon, Trainmaster, Conductor and Fireman. But Ball watches are not only for trains; the Aviator is clearly targeted to pilots, who like train engineers, demand time accuracy as a matter of life and death. When you wear a Ball watch, you have on your wrist one of the most accurate timekeepers. 
Ball Watch is available at Schwarzschild's at Short Pump Town Center.

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Extreme sport made easy?

Posted by Schwarzschild at 2:03:10 PM in Ball (25)

One of the most challenging extreme sports is freediving, where a diver must solely rely on his/her capability to hold his/her breath the longest time humanly possible (without using any breathing apparatus!) until resurfacing. The most famous of these is constant weight freediving, where competitors push their limits of going the greatest depth underwater with only a single breath. Just recently, Guillaume Néry had set a new French freediving record in a competition near Crete, Greece with an unbelievable 124 meter dive! Accompanying Mr. Néry was his ever dependable Ball Watch Engineer Master II Diver Worldtime, which has several extreme sports features like 300m of water-resistance, up to 5,000Gs shock resistance, anti-magnetic to 4,800A/m, an illuminated rotating inner bezel, a screwed-in crown and caseback, and an anti-reflective Sapphire crystal. The watch also has 55 micro gas tubes for easy reading even in extremely dark places. Powered by an automatic Ball Caliber 965, the Engineer Master II is available on a cool new rubber divers strap or a stainless steel bracelet.
Ball watch is available at Schwarzschild’s at Short Pump Town Center.

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Astounding Technology for Reliable Accuracy

Posted by Schwarzschild at 11:31:20 AM in Ball (25)

If you need on the dot precision time telling instruments that could weather the world’s toughest conditions, you need a Ball. The Ball Watch Company was founded by Webb C. Ball in Cleveland, Ohio back in 1891. Its singular purpose has been and remains to build watches with unquestionable “Accuracy under adverse condition.” The brand’s innovative sports watches indeed stay true to its bold mission. Each timepiece is run by state-of-the-art Swiss made movement and packed with all the helpful modern features and technology of a standard watch. Ball’s Self-Powered Micro Gas Lights, made of pure tritium gas captured in luminescent glass-tubes, allow easy reading in the dark and last up to 25 years without need for external power sources. Ball has a special protection system for its pieces that involves anti-shock, water resistance, antimagnetic features, and extreme temperature tolerance going as high as 60 degrees Celsius and as low as -40 degrees Centigrade. 
For your next big adventure, strap on a trustworthy Ball Watch, available at authorized distributor Schwarzschild’s at Short Pump Town Center.  

Saturday, July 27, 2013

The standard of simplicity

Posted by Schwarzschild at 3:43:45 PM in Ball (25)

Today's timepieces have become products of innovation, offering functionalities that would have been inconceivable in the past. Watch design has also become virtually limitless, hampered only by designers' imaginations. Simplicity seems to be no longer an option in timepiece design. However, true gentlemen have changed little when it comes to taste in watches. To this select group of users, simplicity is still the norm in watch selection. This is why noted watchmaker Ball Watches has created the Ohio (40mm) timepiece. This watch has all the functionalities men look for in a simple yet stylish design. It features 15 micro gas tubes on hour, minute and second hands. Enabling night reading capability, this timepiece also displays hours, minutes, sweep seconds, day and date. It is also water resistant for up to 100 meters. 
Schwarzschild's at Carry Town is an authorized dealer for Ball Watch.

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Divers’ delight

Posted by Schwarzschild at 3:01:01 PM in Ball (25)

Diving is a very demanding and obviously hazardous sport. Braving a world submerged in the vast ocean requires not only physical strength and skills, it also calls for the right equipment to ensure one’s survival. Lack or total absence of such could pose dangers to the most seasoned of divers. This is why Ball Watch has created its Skindiver timepiece. Developed under the company's Engineer Master II collection, this watch is water-resistant for up to 300 meters. It also comes in a pure stainless steel casing, giving it that toughness that the sport demands. This timepiece also has an anti-reflective convex sapphire crystal. The Skindiver will surely awe men who engage in extreme maritime activities. 
Schwarzschild's at Alverser Drive is an authorized dealer for Ball Watch.

Sunday, July 07, 2013

Time for the big boys

Posted by Schwarzschild at 1:47:58 PM in Ball (25)

What separates men from the boys? Somebody once said it's the price of their toys. This could very well be true as the gentleman of today is known for taste and sophistication. Known for his discriminating taste, he shows partiality to things of quality. When it comes to watches, he will not be someone who would settle for second best. Good thing Ball Watch developed its Big Boy watch. Marketed under the company's Engineer Master II collection, this timepiece features 15 double-sized micro gas tubes. Its pure stainless steel case gives it that much needed sturdy quality. It is also water resistant for up to 100 meters. This timepiece also comes with either a leather strap or stainless bracelet. The Big Boy really does separate the men from the boys. 
Come see this timepiece at Schwarzschild's at Alverser Drive.

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Strength of Venus

Posted by Schwarzschild at 12:29:42 PM in Ball (25)

Men are known for being tough, but ladies can be a bit tougher given the right certain situation. Yes, they seldom do the dirty jobs, however, these daughters of Eve can exceed men in matters that necessitates that feminine touch. Being such, women demand not just beauty in their timepieces, elegance should be complemented by strength and durability. It is for this reason that Ball Watch created its Ohio Ladies timepiece. This watch was made for the rugged woman of today. It features automatic caliber movement and 15 micro gas tubes. It is shock resistant for up to 5,000Gs and water resistant for up to 100 meters, enabling it to withstand the rigors of any environment. It is truly the ideal watch for today's active women. 
Come see it at Schwarzschild's at Alverser Drive.

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Just please him

Posted by Schwarzschild at 10:43:06 AM in Ball (25)

Men are defined by their taste in just about everything, from women to clothes, to accessories. Albeit, a species that has been known to be a bit hard to please, men can be very passionate about some things. Being so, it’s up to the ladies to figure out how to best please their men, and what better way to satisfy their partners than with a Ball Watch Ohio GMT. Marketed under the company’s Engineer II Collection, this timepiece offers functionalities and design that will surely bring delight to any man. The watch features a spring-loaded deployment clasp housed in a stainless steel case. It also has three hands and a date display, 15 micro gas tubes and is shock resistant up 5,000 Gs. It’s a timepiece that just about every man should have. 
So go ahead, please your man, explore this new Ball Watch creation at Schwarzschild's at Carry Town.

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Never fly without ‘em

Posted by Schwarzschild at 9:44:38 AM in Ball (25)

Pilots have been around ever since man learned the science of avionics. They are responsible for ensuring every flight’s safety, making sure that passengers and cargo get to their destinations. In 1908, Louis Bleriot received the first pilot certificate ever issued from Aero-Club de France. To this day, pilots around the world are issued aviator badges in recognition of their qualifications and responsibilities. Ball Watch honors these heroes of the air with its Aviator watch. Developed under the company’s Engineer Master II collection, Aviator features 15 double-sized micro gas tubes and is shock resistant for up to 5,000Gs. It is also water resistant for up to 4,800 A/m and comes in a pure stainless steel casing. This timepiece is adorned with anti-reflective sapphire crystal to give it that stylish look. Classy and tough yet reasonably priced, this excellent piece of engineering is designed for today’s discriminating aviators. 
Schwarzschild's at Short Pump Town Center is an authorized dealer for Ball Watches.

Sunday, June 09, 2013

A Piece of Railroad History

Posted by Schwarzschild at 5:00:00 AM in Ball (25)

Railroad chronometers were first developed in the United States to ensure the sound operation of the country’s railways. These timepieces were used to make sure that no two trains will be on the same track at the same time. The efficacy of railroad chronometers led to their adoption as a standard for railroad personnel. However, the industry did not stop there, noted watchmaker Webb C. Ball, who started out his career as a time inspector, eventually established a far more uniform set of time inspection standards. Today, Ball Watches continues to focus on quality and excellence in creating its line of chronometers. The Chronometer Red Label GMT under the company’s Engineer II collection is a testament to such commitment. It features multiple innovative functions and a design perfectly suited to the demands of harsh environments. This timepiece is a fulfillment of the goals that Mr. Ball conceived more than a hundred years ago.
Schwarzschild's at Carry Town is an official distributor for Ball Watches.


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