A new exciting timepiece is coming from the workshops of the BALL watch company. The Swiss based brand is proud to unveil its latest accomplishment – the Roadmaster GMT limited edition. Available in stainless steel or DLC-coated steed, the new BALL watch comes as a limited edition of 1,000 pieces. The BALL Roadmaster GMT limited edition is priced at CHF 1,675 (USD $1,659) and available for pre-order from the brand’s website. The watch is available at this special price until 28 May, 2017. The customers who choose to pre-order will receive their timepiece between August 2017 and September 2017. After this period, the BALL Roadmaster GMT limited edition will be available officially available at a full retail price of CHF 2,900 (USD $2,999).
The new BALL Roadmaster GMT limited edition is inspired by the skills and passion of the American race car driver Danny Thompson. Born in 1948, he is the son of the racing legend Mickey Thompson. Danny Thompson began his professional career at the age of just 9, competing in the quarter-midget series. Two years later, after winning his first championship, he moved to motorcycles and eventually to cars. In 1960, his father became the first American to travel faster than 400 mph on land when he drove his Challenger I across the Bonneville Salt Flats at 406.6 mph. However, this was an unofficial result as Mickey was unable to make the return run (engine failure) that would have made for an official result. Determined to fulfill his father’s legacy, Danny Thompson decided to restore the Challenger 2, a car that Mickey built in 1968. On 13 August, 2016, he broke the national land speed record for piston-powered vehicle with a speed of 406.7 mph. This summer, Danny Thompson will once again hit the famed Bonneville Salt Flats in an attempt to break more records.
Housed in a 42 mm case, the BALL Roadmaster GMT limited edition features a 24-hour GMT inner bezel illuminated by self-powered micro gas tubes – the only watch to boast this feature! The latest BALL watch is available in two dial colors: grey and black. The dial shows hours, minutes, seconds and date, while the second time zone is displayed via a central hand and a 24-hour scale on the bezel. The dial itself features 38 highly colorful micro tubes: yellow, green, white and icy blue. This, in combination with the innovative inner bezel, makes the Roadmaster GMT highly legible, even in very dark conditions.
Inspired by the possibilities of man and machine united, the new BALL Roadmaster GMT limited edition is powered by the brand’s Calibre BALL RR1201-C with 21 jewels. Visible through the transparent sapphire caseback, this ETA-based movement is officially chronometer-certified by COSC. The self-winding movement beats at a frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour and enables a power reserve of 42 hours. The stainless steel Roadmaster GMT comes with a metal bracelet while the DLC version features a black rubber strap. Both versions are available with an additional blue NATO strap.