Ball Engineer Hydrocarbon Black Watch Review
Friday - 23 August 2013
Alex Honnold holds numerous climbing records, and is considered a "living legend of free solo climbing" - where climbs are performed without the use of harnesses and climbing aids. Honnold recently joined Ball as a brand ambassador.
The Ball Watch Company Engineer Hydrocarbon Black was inspired by Honnold and their shared values of "determination, love of a challenge, precision, strength, excellence and humility".
Designed to be "deliberately free of superfluous detail", the 42 mm all-black watch is the first in the collection to use a DLC coating, which is extremely scratch resistant and offers increased durability. The titanium case ensures the watch is light to wear.
The Engineer Hydrocarbon Black is equipped with a new patented SpringLOCK system, exclusively developed by Ball. The device provides the balance spring with a 'cage' to absorb any external shocks to the watch. Shocks can cause a standard mechanical movement to go out by up to 60 seconds per day, but the SpringLOCK reduces shock impact by up to 66% and protects the accuracy of the calibre.
The bezel is made of ceramic, making it extremely resistant to scratches, corrosion and UV rays. It is unidirectional as a safety measure, preventing accidental movement of a time preset. Luminous paint has been added to the figures and scale on the bezel for improved visibility.
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