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Ball Trainmaster Worldtime Chronograph

Ball certainly make some very nice watches.

It’s a shame they aren’t more generally available here in Australia (and the one outlet I did go into, in Melbourne, was utterly and completely useless. But that’s another story!).

Here’s one more that may never reach these shores, but we can live vicariously through the press release instead :-)

[Press Release] In 2010, BALL Watch Company was the premier watchmaker to present the first mechanical movement including a day and date function combined with a 24-hour time zone display. The “Engineer Master II Diver Worldtime” and “Trainmaster Worldtime” models were the first BALL timepieces to have a caliber with this new module developed specially in our workshops.

To provide watches that can operate at the same time in the four corners of the globe for inveterate travellers and businessmen off to conquer the world, BALL Watch Company decided to extend its collection of a new model housing its universal time display module. In this way, BALL is offering a new tool that is able to display at any given moment the common denominator of all human beings, namely the passage of time and the value that each man and woman places on it.

In its absolute respect for the values of precision, reliability and tradition of the “Trainmaster” series, the Worldtime Chronograph thus provides a worthy addition to the BALL watches combining a day and date function with the time display in the 24 hour zones. Grafted onto an automatic ETA 7750 movement, a special module drives a disk engraved with the names of the planet’s main metropolises rotating automatically in the reverse direction to the hands, so that it simultaneously indicates the time in 24 different geographic zones. In this way, BALL Watch has relaunched the attraction for its chronograph range, ever a timeless watchmaking complication and one of the functions unanimously appreciated by mechanical timepiece aficionados. The Trainmaster Worldtime Chronograph therefore delivers the perfect combination of these two accomplished watchmaking complications.

The first of our chronographs to be fitted with this technical innovation, this new model also incorporates all the features for which BALL watches are renowned. The first of these, the iconic signature of our brand, is the watch’s perfect legibility even in the dark thanks to the addition of 15 micro-tubes filled with 3H gas on the hands and the dial. This state-of-the-art Swiss technology means a BALL watch wearer never loses sight of the notion of time, day or night, wherever he or she may be.

Water-resistant to 50 meters and certified shock resistant up to 5,000Gs, the Trainmaster Worldtime Chronograph ably combines strength with streamlined elegance and restrained design. Available with a white or black dial, the stainless steel case can be affixed to the wrist using a crocodile leather band. An anti-reflective sapphire crystal and screw-in crown add the final demanding touches to this exceptional chronograph.

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.

Technical Specifications

Model Number: CM2052D-LJ-BK
Movement: Automatic caliber BALL 352
15 micro gas tubes on hour, minute, second hands and dial for night reading capability
Chronograph with accumulated time measurement up to 12 hours
World Time display
Shock resistant to 5,000Gs
Water resistant to 50m/160ft
Hours, minutes, subsidiary seconds, day and date

Stainless steel
Ø 42mm, height 13.7mm
Anti-reflective sapphire crystal
Sapphire crystal case back
Screwed-in crown

Band: Crocodile leather strap with standard buckle
Dial: Black or white

Bracelet: Bracelet en crocodile avec boucle à ardillon
Cadran: Noir ou blanc

Auguste Reymond Cotton Club Worldtime

Took me a couple of goes but I’m definitely warming to this one.   This is the Auguste Reymond Cotton Club Worldtime.

The case is in stainless steel and measures 38.5mm. It has an AR-coated sapphire crystal, a sapphire display back and is water resistant to 50 meters. The crown features a blue cabochon.

Movement is the Swiss automatic ETA caliber 2893-2 with 21 jewels, 28,800 vph and as power reserve of 42 hours.

It features a GMT complication and has Cotes de Geneva finish.

Montblanc Star Worldtimer Automatic [SIHH]

Montblanc are really pumping out the new models in advance of SIHH 2011.  Here’s the first of two for today – the Star Worldtimer Automatic.

The case, in stainless steel, measures 42mm x 12.5mm. It has double sapphire crystals and is water resistant to 30 meters.  Movement is the Swiss automatic Montblanc caliber MB 4810/405 with 21 jewels, 28,800 vph and a power reserve of 42 hours. It features the hours, minutes and central second for the local time, a second Timezone indication, Worldtime and date.

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