Ball has launched a new pre-order campaign which is going to be available online until May 28th. The Ball Watch Company Roadmaster GMT is a nod to Ball explorer Danny Thompson. Danny devoted his life to motorsports–racing in the motocross class and then shifting to automobiles. It’s a career path that followed his dadMickey Thompson, also known as the”Speed King”.
In 1960, racing legend Mickey Thompson hit 406.6miles from the Challenger 1 in the Bonneville Salt Flats. His album was not formalized and the Speed King continued to work on making his dream come true. After building a second automobile, Mickey Thompson was killed before making it into the Salt Flats and the Challenger 2 was put into storage for almost 2 decades.
Not inclined to resign, Mickey’s son, Danny, chose to complete his family’s legacy by bringing the Challenger back to life. In 2016, back to the famed flats, Danny joined the 400 club behind the wheel of the Challenger 2 having an official time of 406.7mph–a new national record for a piston-powered car or truck. For Danny, the accomplishment was over 50 years in the building, driven by the passion to fulfill his dream. This August, Danny will roll out the Challenger two once more, as he chases more documents in what could be the fastest encore of all time. While producing the circumstance, Ball’s designers sought to incorporate the aerodynamic components of their rocket-shaped streamliner. The outcome? A slick 42mm case with sharp curves which truly stands out and still allows for a comfortable fit. A blue ring representing the color of the Challenger 2 was precisely put on the crown while the plan of this transparent case back resembles its own exhaust.
Includes vibrant micro gas lighting for intense readability and aerodynamic curves, so it’s the only watch to boast a GMT interior bezel illuminated by self-powered micro gas tubes. The H3 micro gas tubes provide the timepiece incredible readability in the dark and do not need any external source of electricity. These micro gas tubes can also be featured on the rest of the dial and the hour, minute, and GMT handson. The contrast between the thin numbers on the 24-hour GMT watches bezel and the exceptionally wide tubes used for the indexes, as well as all the various colours, add balance to the watch in the dark and create an wonderful visual effect.
Every Ball Roadmaster GMT is equipped with a chronometer-certified movement, allowing for a better accuracy. To secure this accuracy, Ball added its patented Amortiser® system to the timepiece’s movement. This system consists of a ring surrounding the motion that absorbs external shocks.