Close-Up: Ball for BMW TMT

The Ball for BMW TMT is one of the most recent — and most distinctive — additions to the series of replica watches that the Swiss brand with railroad-timing roots launched in a partnership with the German sports car marque in 2012. The watch, which we had a chance to get our hands on this week, is equipped with a complication one doesn’t see very often: a mechanical thermometer.

Ball for BMW TMT - Blue - Front
Ball for BMW TMT - Blue - Hands

The Ball for BMW collection, whose development was headed up by noted BMW designer Magali Metrailler, is heavily influenced by the aerodynamic lines and ergonomic details of BMW cars and their engines. The replica watches feature alternating polished and satin-finished surfaces and screw-down crowns that evoke the detailing on BMW dashboard knobs. The grille-motif dial designs are influenced by the cars’ dashboards and the shape of their disk brakes, and each features a BMW logo. The dials’ hands and diamond-cut metal indices contain micro-tubes of luminous H3 gas (14 of them on this watch), a Ball Watch hallmark. BMW’s signature color, Inka orange, is used on details such as seconds hands and subdials. The replica watches feature a patented, micro-mechanical anti-shock technology called Amortiser, which absorbs lateral impacts to protect the movement when the watch is on the wrist. read more

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Just for Kicks: 6 Watches That Celebrate Soccer

The eyes of the sporting world were on soccer’s European Championship yesterday, won by Portugal over France in a hard-fought 1-0 victory at Paris’s Stade de France. To celebrate, we re-present our feature showcasing six special-edition replica watches, from six luxury brands, devoted to the “beautiful game” and its players.

Hublot — headed by rabid fútbol fan Jean-Claude Biver — became official timekeeper for the FIFA World Cup in 2014. Accordingly, the brand used the opportunity to release a plethora of special-edition Hublot World Cup replica watches. The most technically interesting of these replica watches is the Hublot Big Bang Unico Bi-Retrograde Chrono, nicknamed the Hublot “Soccer Bang.” Designed to showcase the colors of host country Brazil’s flag, the watch is powered by a new in-house movement, Caliber HUB1260, which features a bi-retrograde chronograph function with the hands recording 15-minute intervals, making it ideal for timing the halves of a soccer match, plus 15 minutes “extra time.” The Hublot Big Bang Bi-Retrograde Unico is available in two cases, both with carbon fiber bezels, one in black ceramic ($26,600), the other in Hublot’s proprietary “King Gold” ($42,200). Click here for more information on the watch. read more

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Close-Up: Ball for BMW TimeTrekker Limited Edition

Ball Watch has a long history that links the brand to transportation. After all, its eponymous founder, Webb C. Ball, made his name by creating timing instruments for the American railroads. One contemporary way that the brand connects to these roots is through its partnership with BMW. Ball Watch brought out a new piece for the special collection, the Ball for BMW TimeTrekker, at Baselworld 2015, and is now offering it in a new, limited edition.

Ball for BMW TimeTrekker LE - bracelet - front

Combining Ball Watch characteristics with BMW signatures, the TimeTrekker is a tool watch with racing DNA. Its case is 44 mm wide and made of stainless steel. This case helps the watch maintain its anti-magnetic strength: it can protect the movement from forces up to 4,800 A/m. read more

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Close-Up: Ball Engineer Master II Voyager

Ball Watch Co. has become known for its use of micro gas tubes to provide bright, long-lasting luminescence on its dials. The brand’s new Engineer Master II Voyager — a limited edition available for a short time at a special pre-order price — features the thinnest such tubes ever used on a Ball watch.

Ball Engineer Master II Voyager - black dial - bracelet

Offered in both 44-mm ands 40-mm case sizes, the Ball Engineer Master II Voyager features a dual time display, a big date indication, and a minute track made up of 60 micro gas tubes — at 0.3 mm x 2 mm in size, the thinnest the company has ever used on a dial. Along with the ones incorporated into the hour and minute hands, the watch has 74 micro gas tubes in total, all of which are self-powered and don’t require recharging from the sun or any other light source, and whose luminosity lasts for 25 years. Super-LumiNova is used for the additional luminous displays on the Arabic hour numerals and dual-time subdial. read more

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The Rolex Deepsea and 6 Other Extreme Dive Watches

All divers’ replica watches share certain characteristics that make them divers’ replica watches: unidirectional rotating bezels, secure screw-down crowns, higher-than-typical water resistance. Some of these divers’ replica watches, however, go the extra mile (or fathom), with cases that can descend to 3,000 or even 4,000 meters, chronographs operable at incredible depths, or high-tech depth gauge devices built into their mechanical movements. Below, we take a look at seven of these “extreme” dive replica watches and what sets them apart from the pack. read more

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