Friday, August 08, 2014
There are few things harsher than the polar environment. Frigid ice caps, sub-zero strong winds slashing against your skin, and miles thick of snow that make walking a foot like taking a mile hike, only the tough survive in this extreme weather. Like Richard Limeburner, oceanographer and deep sea recovery expert from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. He studies the general circulation, buoyancy, and ice annual cycles, among others, under stressful conditions. For Limeburner, the Ball Watch is the perfect timepiece to help him deploy oceanic instruments at the right time. When he’s not in the ice caps, he’s helping conduct rescue at sea. Limeburner was part of the team that helped to locate Air France 447, which crashed in the Atlantic Ocean and disappeared for a long time.
Ball Watch is available at Shreve & Co. on Post Street, San Francisco.
Friday, July 04, 2014
When you’re a doctor who has to travel at 14,000 feet above sea level on a motorbike to hop from one remote village to the next to provide healthcare daily, you’re made of sterner stuff that’s reserved only for the most adventurous explorers. Dr. Christopher Hillman is one of those, a nomadic doctor in the Himalayas providing house calls and medical emergency care to the locals. His route consists of glacier, his waiting room a bamboo bench for up to 60 patients a day. When he needs to transport patients during emergencies, timing and logistics are critical to contact the nearest large town. Under extreme weather and elevation, Dr. Hillman relies on his Ball Watch to keep tab of the time. The watch can work up to -60 degrees Celcius, thanks to its cold endurance feature.
Ball Watch is available at Shreve & Co. in Portland, Oregon.
Friday, May 23, 2014
Who wears a Ball watch? Someone who is confident, exhibits a flair for style and renowned for taking his craft seriously. Someone who simply likes its design. He can be Denzel Washington. No, he didn’t officially endorsed Ball, but luck had it for the professional watch brand, Washington chose to wear a Ball in one of his blockbusters, The Taking of Pelham 123. In a few scenes the actor is seen sporting the Ball, a personal choice according to a company spokesman. Not that Ball is uninvolved. John Travolta, the nemesis in the movie, also wears a Ball. But he is a paid endorser for that film. Clearly, Ball got more than what it bargained for thanks to its sleek design and functionality that impresses even A-list Hollywood celebrities.
Ball Watch is available at Shreve & Co. in Portland, Oregon.
Friday, April 18, 2014
Ball Watch features some of the most advances in watch technology including its patented SpringLock, gas light and shock resistance. One of its most important technological features is the antimagnetic property. As a popular watch signature for outdoor activities and in tough situations where accuracy is critical, Ball Watch guarantees that the watch doesn’t stop even if exposed to magnetism. The earth has a magnetic field that can influence the tiny mechanical parts of a watch. Likewise, man-made magnets like those used in railroad tracks or electronic equipment can impact on a watch’s movement. With an antimagnetic casing or alloy to protect the mechanical parts, Ball Watch ensures precision movement is maintained even when exposed to magnets. Ball Watch timepieces have a magnetic tolerance up to 12,000A/m, where the industry standard is only 4.800A/m.
Ball Watch is available at Shreve & Co. in Palo Alto, California.
Friday, March 07, 2014
With its mantra, "accuracy under adverse conditions," Ball sees to it that it produces only the sturdiest and superior watches that endure whatever environment. Ball watches are best worn for adventures by people who love to explore and conquer the world at all cost--people who are living life to its fullest. One of Ball's pioneer collections is the Official Railroad Watch. The designs are actually sleek and simple but the devil is in the details. Under these collections are watches that speak their value for themselves like Power Reserve, 60 Seconds, 21st Century, Flying Scotsman, Big Boy, and GCT. Ball has been in the timepiece industry since 1891 and since then, it has been faithful to its mission of creating high-performance watches that could weather the test of time under all conditions.
Ball watches are available at Shreve & Co. in Portland, Oregon.
Friday, January 24, 2014
The U.S. Northeast digs out from snow after a winter storm recently hit. The deadly winter storm dumped up to more than 15 inches of snow in worst-hit areas. But even after the calm, the cold spell lingers into most parts of the U.S., with freezing temperatures playing up to negative 22 degrees Celsius. It is in these times that what people wear matters as the bitter cold could be harmful to one's health. For timepieces, what could stand the test of extreme weather conditions?
The Ball Watch company have engineered timepieces that could withstand cold of up negative 40 to negative 60 degrees Celsius. In fact, Ball can be worn for expeditions in the North and South Poles. The Ball Watches have specially blended Swiss watch oils making it possible to withstand extreme cold.
Ball Watch is available in Shreve & Co. at Portland, Oregon.
Friday, December 20, 2013
The train on the railway is one of the images strongly connected to America’s most prominent brand of heavy-duty professional watches – the Ball Watch company. Though the size of a timepiece is a far cry from the enormity of a railway system, the two have one vital function in common – on the dot precision. A tragic collision at Kipton in 1891, which was caused by minute variations in the two trains’ timekeeping, prompted the establishment of stringent timekeeping standards throughout the whole railway system. Ball Watch was a part of this crucial development, being the first official railroad watch in the U.S. Since its early railroad days, Ball Watch has gone with expeditions to the freezing tundras of the North and South Poles, boarded historic space missions and accompanied divers to unreached depths. Ball Watch proudly bears its maxim “accuracy under adverse conditions”, as it caters the precision, durability and functionality needs of extreme professionals and adventurers.
Check out Ball Watch at Shreve & Co. in Portland – authorized retailer for Ball Watch.
Friday, November 08, 2013
Ball Watch has built its reputation on total reliability, incredible expertise, and frontier-stretching innovations that have accompanied serious adventurers and professionals on extreme expeditions over the stretch of more than a century. In 2010, Ball’s latest version of Engineer Hydrocarbon proved its worth as “a watch that rocks” as it accompanied Ball Explorers Club member Alex Hannold in a death-defying solo climb on the 2,130 meter rock walls of the Yosemite National Park. Hannold’s single minded pursuit for greater heights as well as well-disciplined and calculated precision, looks very much like Ball Watch’s own quest for excellence in the field of watchmaking. The black Engineer Hydrocarbon, a reliable COSC-certified instrument powered by automatic caliber, is rigged with 29 micro gas tubes, timetelling and day and date functions and protected by the company’s intensive shock, water, antimagnetic resistance and extreme temperature tolerance. With such a hardy profile, it is no wonder the world’s most daring professionals strap on a Ball Watch for their adventures.
Check out Ball Watch at Shreve & Co. on Post Street in San Francisco.
Friday, October 04, 2013
Beyond showing up promptly out of respect for an acquaintance, or knowing when to get to church on Sunday, how could knowing the time be so important? In conventional economics, it is treated as a commodity (“time is money”) to be bought and sold at will, and therefore needing no special consideration. Time is an irreplaceable, precious resource oft taken for granted. “There isn’t much time!” is a common complaint but as impartial as time is, the treatment it metes out to people essentially depends on how they treat time itself throughout their lives. The priority you place on things that need your attention and focus on the ‘importants’ in life makes all the difference. That is why, Ball Watch, makers of fine, intricate watches announces the world’s first day/date World Time Movement! The Engineer Master II Diver World Time features an automatic Ball caliber 965 movement with hours, minutes, sweep seconds, day, date and World Time display functions, illuminated rotating inner bezel and 55 micro gas tubes on hour, minute, second hands and dial for night reading capability.
To see this historical timepiece, visit Shreve & Co. in Palo Alto.
Saturday, August 24, 2013
As a renowned maker of trusted diving watches, Ball Watch has been partnering for decades with the best athletes in this field, including Guillaume Néry who is the holder of many constant weight free diving world championship titles. The Engineer Master II Skindiver is a remake of Ball’s 1960’s Skindiver model, then released to respond to the growing popularity of diving in the United States. The newer model is undeniably retro in style, clearly visible in its black round dial with large numeral indicators and hands. The technology that powers it, however, is far from outdated. As in all the Ball watches, the Swiss Made Skindiver bears astounding functionality and quality that only Ball Watch could guarantee – automatic caliber ETA 2836-2, 15 double sized micro gas lights for night reading capacity, and shock, water and magnet resistance.
Find the real stuff when it comes to divers’ watches at Shreve & Co. on Post Street in San Francisco – authorized dealer for Ball Watch.
Sunday, July 21, 2013
A handful of other names could boast of being a standard watch, but Ball Watch does. It is not just a railroad watch; it is The Standard Watch. It was Ball’s founder, Web Ball that standardized the timekeeping system of the railroad in 1891, creating the most accurate and reliable timepieces that made the railways a much safer way to travel. The Official Railroad Watch collection by Ball has the enduring timeless feel of railroad traveling and the remarkable functionality of a tough, modern timepiece. The stainless steel case encloses the automatic calibre ETA 2836-2 movement which powers its sweep seconds, minutes and hour functions, along with a 3 'o-clock aperture for the day and date. 15 micro gas tubes provide perfect reading light in the dark. Even in their bare minimum, there is no denying the efficiency of the Ball Watch instruments, which is why they are the Standard anyway.
Check out Ball Watch at authorized dealer Keller and George on Millmont Street.
Friday, June 07, 2013
Ball Watch has been saving lives since the late 1800s. Before the American watch brand came into the scene, there was no recognized standard time. It really was no big deal, except on the railroad where trains came and went along crisscrossed tracks loaded with thousands of passengers on board. In 1891, a couple of minutes’ timekeeping difference between two trains led to a devastating crash that took the toll of many, many lives near Lake Shore and Michigan Southern Railway. After that tragedy, the railroad was ready for some drastic changes. Ball watch was established by jeweler and Chief Time Inspector Webb C. Ball, the Ball Railroad watch was created to serve the train masters and officers, and the rail lines instituted a strict standard time measurement that synchronized time all throughout the roads with to-the-dot precision. Since Ball’s participation in the operations of the American railway, the train tracks have become a so much safer and enjoyable means for meaningful journeys.
Check out the enduring heroism of Ball Watches at Shreve & Co. in Palo Alto.
Saturday, May 04, 2013
Since 1891, Ball Watches had been the dependable partner for railroad masters, engineers, space mission teams, professional deep-sea divers, extreme-sportsmen and those in other environmentally demanding vocations. Ball Watch continues to wave its "accuracy under adverse conditions" flag high and proud with brilliant horological innovations in each of its pieces. Ball's Gas Light feature uses Self-Powered Micro Gas Lights that last up to 25 years and glow 100 times brighter than paint. Ball timepieces also thrive in the coldest and hottest places on earth. Ball’s specially-blended Swiss watch oil lets the watches operate in extreme conditions, even at temperatures as low as -40 degrees Celsius and as sweltering hot as 60 degrees Celsius. All the classic features – antimagnetism, water resistance, shock resistance, outstanding movement, are all a given in Ball watch. If you are regularly involved in the most demanding exploits – or dreaming to be – here is the Swiss watch brand you can surely depend on.
Check out Ball Watch collections at Shreve & Co. In Portland, Oregon – authorized dealer for Ball Watches.
Friday, March 15, 2013
Richard Limeburner explores the extreme parts of the world that puts the Ball Watch "accuracy under adverse conditions" motto to the ultimate test. As an oceanographer & deep sea recovery expert, Limeburner makes frequent trips to the frigid zones of Antartica, where temperatures reach as low as 660 degrees celsius and turnadoes sweep the the vast ice land at 320 km an hour. In the freezing tundra, Richard conducts sensitive studies about animal responses to climatic changes. His tests that track ice motion and measure salinity require accurate timetelling from a hardy watch. In his three years of working in the Antartica, Ball Watch has been Richard Limeburner trustworthy companion. His other preoccupation takes Richard and Ball Watch diving into the depths of oceans to search for and recover sunken ships and lost American submarines. The daring and enduring spirit that accompanies Richard Limeburner in his extreme vocations makes him an honorary member of Ball Watch Explorer's club and testifies to the brand's outstanding performance in the harshest conditions man dares to face. For the different collections of Ball Watch fine chronographs, visit Shreve & Co. in Portland, Oregon.
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
If you want to know the time, ask a railroad man. His time is accurate to the dot and three chances out of four, he is wearing a sleek Ball Watch. The history of railroad development and accurate timepieces are intermingled, and Ball Watches played a crucial role from the very beginning. Before trains were a common mode of travel, local communities kept local times. But when railroads were built and trains travelled back and forth different states, the need for Standard time arose for smooth railroad operations. Webb C. Ball was the first jeweller to use time signals in his chronographs, bringing accurate Standard time to his local Cleveland. A dismal train collision prompted Ball to implement strict standards forbidding time variations of 30 seconds among all railroad watches. This tradition of precision is still carried out today among the railroad workers and the Ball watchmakers. Accuracy is the continuing battle cry of Ball Watch. Their stylish timepieces are available in select jewelry dealers like Shreve & Co. at Post Street, San Francisco.
Saturday, January 12, 2013
“Accuracy in Adverse Conditions” – this is the motto that has set the ball rolling for Ball Watch. This corporate mission attends to those individuals are not just on-the-go, but those that are truly working, living and playing in difficult conditions in the planet. Accuracy is hard to achieve and Ball Watches rarely falter as they are equipped with the patented BALL-engineered self-powered micro gas light technology. This lights ups brightly for at least 25 years. Ball Watches also come in 7,500 G force shock resistance and a -40 degree Celsius temperature rating, and a patented crown protection system to boot. The founder Webb Clay Ball became the vice-president of the Hamilton Watch Company and focused his efforts to develop tellers of time for railroads. This was inspired by a collision between trains in Kipton, Ohio. This was all caused by the stopping of the engineer’s watch. The railroad officials commissioned Webb C. Ball to be their Chief Time Inspector. And from this day on, his quest of the precision is being continued by the company he started. For accurate watches that function under adverse conditions, visit Shreve & Co. – authorized dealer for Ball Watch.
Thursday, October 11, 2012
Ball Watches came from a tradition of precision. 1891 saw the dismal collision between Lake Shore and Michigan Southern Railway trains at Kipton, Ohio because an engineer’s watch stopped working. The aftermath? Webb C. Ball was assigned to be the Chief Time Inspector. He instituted standards for time-telling precision and a meticulous inspection system for railroad chronometers. After a while, Webb C. Ball’s original jewelry business back in Cleveland became the Ball Watch Company; a company dedicated to providing accurate and durable watches even under difficult conditions. Ball technology features the 3H micro-powered gas lights that can glow up to 100 times brighter than any luminous paint and will last for 25 years. With safety in mind, Ball Watches are also made to be antimagnetic. Brief contact with a man-made magnet will easily affects the accuracy of magnetic pieces. Ball Watches are also shock resistant, water resistant, and scratch resistant—covered by DLC making the materials almost as hard as diamond and smoother than Teflon. Having high cold temperature endurance (made for expeditions in the North & South Poles) and the Ball Crown protection system, Ball Watch Company easily cuts it as one of the manufacturers of the world’s most durable watches. These watches are always tested in adverse conditions by Ball Explorers who travel the world to test themselves in the watches; from the Himalayan Mountains to the Skylab in space. Ball Watches are made to endure. For classy and durable Ball Watch pieces, visit Shreve & Co. – authorized dealer for Ball Watch.
Sunday, September 02, 2012
If yes, the engineer was probably wearing a Ball Watch. Although it is a big “probably,” train schedules and the Ball Watch founder had first crossed path more than a century ago that would define the brand’s signature today: sturdy, reliable, accurate timepieces. Its founder, Webster Clay Ball, who had an apprentice in jewelry making, was commissioned in 1891 by U.S. railroad officials to establish precision time-keeping after an engineer’s watch malfunction and caused a train collision in Ohio. Prior to that, Webster had already built a reputation for precision movement; he was the first jeweler to bring the city of Cleveland in sync with the Standard Time in 1883 using the U.S. Naval Observatory’s time coordinates. Ball used strict manufacturing process and materials to achieve sturdy, precision-grade timepieces and, soon, the Ball Watch brand was born. Today, a Ball owner enjoys an accurate movement, antimagnetic, water-resistant, and shock-resistant timepiece that uses a 5-position reference and the physics of isochronism, the ability of mechanical parts to keep consistent movement despite varying external forces. A Ball watch is valued by sports people and, yes, train operators who demand accurate movement to keep their run schedules on track.
Shreve is an authorized dealer for Ball Watch.
Image: Ball Watch Engineer Hydrocarbon Trieste Chronograph