The BALL for BMW watch collection was launched in Malaysia yesterday afternoon at the 1 Utama Shopping Centre. As its name suggests, this watch range by BALL is linked to the “Sheer Driving Pleasure” carmaker. Those who follow the watch scene would know BALL as the “railroad brand” known for its self-powered micro gas lights.
According to the Swiss-based company with American roots, BALL for BMW watches are “highly influenced by the lines of BMW cars and includes details that evoke their engines and bodies”. Penned by Magali Metrailler, the range is “designed with an overarching respect for the features shared by both BALL and BMW, namely lightness, performance and technology”.
The screw-in crown features convex and concave surfaces, things Chris Bangle likes to put on his BMWs. There’s also mention of dials and disc brakes – we’ll leave it to you to spot them. Inka Orange, the classic BMW dial colour, is used across the range, so you can match the dial on your wrist with those in your BMW.
Apparently inspired by BMW’s suspension, BALL for BMW watches exclusively feature the patented Amortiser system that protects the watch against extreme shocks. The system features a shock-absorbing protection ring that protects the mechanical movement from sudden rotor oscillations brought by lateral impacts.
The Swiss-made range is also COSC certified and uses H3 (micro gas lights) in glass tubes for illumination. Light is emitted when the H3 molecules strike the capsules’ coloured inner surface. BALL says that its trademark gas lights can last for over 20 years without an external power source and is 100 times brighter than conventional luminescent paint.
Three models powered by automatic ETA calibers are available – Classic (ETA 2892-2), Power Reserve (ETA 2897) and GMT (ETA 2893-2). The 40 mm-sized Classic sports the biggest BMW logo and can be had with a steel bracelet or crocodile leather strap.
The other two 42 mm models have their own unique features – a second time zone indicator for the GMT and a power reserve meter for the other – and a small BMW logo next to the date cutout. All come with anti-reflective sapphire crystal.
Prices start from RM11,800 for the Classic to RM14,100 for the GMT. Live pics after the jump will give you a closer view of the watches, and the models wearing them.