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[Press Release] The arrival of Guillaume Néry, holder of several constantweight free-diving world records, as a member of the Ball Explorers Club in 2006 was for Ball Watch an opportunity to focus its efforts on the development of a line of timepieces implementing the brand’s watchmaking expertise for underwater diving. Ball diving watches were previously included in the “Engineer Master II” series. However, the concentrate of watchmaking technology in the new Engineer Hydrocarbon DeepQuest means that this explorer’s watch fits naturally in the “Engineer Hydrocarbon” family.
To swim in complete freedom with dolphins, discover the world’s deepest underwater gorges or swim beneath the ice are just some of the exploits achieved by Guillaume Néry.
In his own words, these are the sort of dreams that the oceans allow you to fulfill. For an enthusiast of the aquatic world, such as Guillaume Néry, a diving watch is the sole personal object that he takes with him when he sets off to explore the world’s seas. The planet’s last unexplored frontier, the oceans provide man with the possibility of entering an ecosystem of exceptional wealth and which is the cradle of the life itself on Earth.
By raising the water resistance of the new Engineer Hydrocarbon DeepQuest to 3,000 meters, the Ball Watch engineers have achieved a spectacular new technical feat and have pushed back the boundaries of their expertise. This exceptional water resistance has been made possible in particular by machining the entire case out of a single block onto which the bezel is directly screwed.
This construction reduces the potential interfaces liable to warp under the effects of water pressure. Strengthening the crown seals, generally considered the weak point of a watch in terms of water resistance, has contributed to avoid any entry of water when it is maintained in the screwed-in position. The generously proportioned titanium case as well as the wide dial opening and its streamlined design also enable immediate and clear reading of the timepiece’s indications, another essential feature of any diving watch. With the extremely accurate and new Ball patented setting system, the rotating bezel easily indicates to the user the time lapse he may need while diving.
Furthermore, its unidirectional rotation is an additional source of safety in the event of its accidental movement while in the water.
The dial and the hands are fitted with gas micro tubes, the iconic signature of all Ball watches, to ensure perfect legibility. Until 100 times more efficient than the use of conventional luminescent paint, this Swiss technology ensures perfect luminosity without the need for any external source of light or energy. The patented design of the three-dimensional luminescent vision of the indexes finally illuminates the dial in blue, the last color which remains visible in the darkness of the deep.
The tapered stainless steel and titanium bracelet, with the Ball patented folding buckle and extension system, mean the watch can be easily and safely worn on the wrist even over a diving suit. Loyal to the exceptional characteristics of its collection, the Engineer Hydrocarbon DeepQuest has a guaranteed shock resistance of up to 7,500Gs and an antimagnetic endurance of an intensity of up to 4,800A/m.
The case is done in titanium out of a single block.
Movement is the Swiss automatic ETA caliber 2892, COSC-certified as a chronometer.
It is water resistant to 3,000 meters and dials are available in black or silver.