The watch that rocks
BALL Watch Company has reinvented its own watchmaking codes with the new Engineer Hydrocarbon Black. This “all black” watch with its striking design and unusual strength of character was developed for Alex Honnold, the new brand ambassador.
The latest member to join the very closed circle of the BALL Explorers Club, Alex Honnold is one of the most daring and talented rock climbers of his generation. As holder of numerous climbing records, he is considered a living legend of free solo climbing. This sport climbing discipline forgoes the use of harnesses and climbing aids using only the rock holds during an ascent. Demonstrating profound modesty and constantly surpassing himself, Alex Honnold pushes the boundaries of adventure with each ascent. His exploits have earned him a reputation far beyond the world of climbing.
The Engineer Hydrocarbon Black is the first model in the iconic BALL collection to use a DLC (Diamond-Like Carbon) coating. BALL Watch was one of the first watch brands to use DLC, which offers exceptional scratch resistance and increased durability for the materials. The titanium case gives the watch surprising lightness for its 42mm diameter and 13.25mm thickness. That’s a big plus for a timepiece designed to follow Alex Honnold on his breathtaking climbs where success depends on a perfect balance between each of the accompanying elements.
The design of the Engineer Hydrocarbon Black is deliberately free of superfluous detail and relies on the powerful intensity of the black color of the dial associated with the same tone used for the case, bezel and strap. The dial has outstanding instant legibility thanks to the use of micro tubes containing luminescent 3H gas to form the Arabic numerals marking the hours. This design element patented by BALL Watch uses a state-of-the-art Swiss luminescent technology for reading the time by day or night. Also present on the other markers on the dial and hands, micro gas tubes provide light intensity up to 100 times more effective than conventional luminous paints and require no external source of light or energy. The green color of the micro-tubes on the dial and the yellow color on the needles enhance the readability in a final touch offering a set of nocturnal colors. Because of its optimal contrast with black, yellow has also been used for the minutes scale on the flange as well as the second hand.
As a natural complement to the DLC, the bezel is made of black ceramic benefiting from BALL’s pioneering process of adding luminous paint. We have to thank BALL Watch Company for combining these two for the first time.
The figures and the scale of the bezel are thus made luminescent to allow instant readings in the dark. The ceramic bezel also gives exceptional resistance against corrosion, scratches and UV rays. Finally, the unidirectional rotating bezel is an additional safety guarantee that prevents accidentally extending a time preset through mishandling.
Conquering a rock wall can expose any real explorer to many sources of shocks. So the Engineer Hydrocarbon Black is equipped with the new patented SpringLOCK® system. Exclusively developed by BALL Watch, the device guarantees the movement’s working accuracy by providing the balance spring with a real “cage” to absorb the energy of external shocks to the watch. Such events can cause a standard mechanical movement to go out by up to more or less 60 seconds per day. The SpringLOCK® reduces the impact of external shocks up to 66% thus safeguarding the accuracy of the caliber.
As well as his exceptional skill, there is also the absolute precision of Alex Honnold’s every move. This constant search for precision is one of the common denominators between Alex Honnold and the Engineer Hydrocarbon Black, which runs on an automatic BALL RR1101-C movement. The accuracy of this caliber is attested by its chronometer certification issued by the Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute (COSC). In addition to the basic time display, the date appears in a window at three o'clock enhanced by the Cyclops magnifying lens fixed to the antireflective sapphire crystal.
The patented crown protection completes the case and ensures improved security in the mastery of time. This device is common to all models of the Engineer Hydrocarbon collection and protects the movement, to which the crown is directly connected, from the elements. The construction of the watch also ensures protection against magnetic fields up to 4,800 A/m and impacts of up to 5,000 Gs as well as water resistance up to 300 meters. Lastly the Engineer Hydrocarbon Black is mounted on a black rubber strap that further enhances its sporty look.
The real source of inspiration for this new timepiece, Alex Honnold and the Engineer Hydrocarbon Black each embody in their own ways the values of determination, love of a challenge, precision, strength, excellence and humility that characterize BALL Watch.
Today, more than ever, BALL Watch is continuing its journey and asserting its role as a key protagonist in the exploration of modern time and the evolution of watchmaking history.
Engineer Hydrocarbon Black Automatic Series
Ref. : DM2176A-P1CAJ-BK
- Automatic caliber BALL RR1101-C
- Chronometer certified COSC
- Patented SpringLOCK® anti-shock system
- 35 micro gas tubes on hour, minute, second hands and dial for night reading capability
- Shock resistant to 5,000Gs
- Anti-magnetic to 4,800A/m
- Water resistant to 300m/1,000ft
- Hours, minutes, sweep seconds and magnified date
- Titanium with DLC coating
- Ø 42mm, height 13.25mm
- Top ceramic luminous unidirectional rotating bezel
- 5.3mm anti-reflective sapphire crystal
- Patented crown protection system
- Rubber strap with standard buckle