Ball Watch and CronotempVs Collectors join to present the 00RED
When CronotempVs Collectors decided to collaborate in a piece by Ball Watch Co. it was clear that making a special piece would not be a easy task. Amongst all the possibilities, the Engineer III stood out as the most pragmatic choice to build upon. The goal was to stay within all unique qualities that the Engineer III is known for but focus on a feature that makes it unique in the industry. The tritium gas tubes. Within this peculiarity there are some colours that are very difficult to replicate or underperform with traditional luminous material such as red and white. Since it is at night when Ball watches excel in readability we decided to change the traditional 12 at midnight for a “00” since this is how midnight is displayed in devices today. At the moment when all standard luminous materials fail and BALL’s tritium gas tubes excel. This is how the 00RED by Ball Watch Co. came to be.
The impact of history
Nothing is more evident than the impact that the railroads had in the economic development had for the US. The backbone on which prosperity and growth was built upon. After a tragic accident in 1891, Great Kipton Train Wreck, Webb C. Ball is appointed Chief Time Inspector for the Lake Shore & Michigan Southern Railway. Three years later, “Ball Watch Co.” was founded to ensure a standard of timing reliability and accuracy to avoid such a tragedy to repeat itself. By 1908, Webb C. Ball was inspecting approximately 180 railroads and regulating more than 1 million railroad watches. Under his direction, train travel was made significantly safer for both the public and railroad employees. It is in homage to that catharsis that CronotempVs Collectors has decided to set the limit of manufactured units to 91.
The 00RED is a testament to the “tool watch” and it’s pragmatism. Without unnecessary narratives, discourses or superfluous functions the 00RED is strictly about telling time in all possible real life situations and conditions. Its numerous qualities that are mentioned bellow make the 00RED a most reliable companion for most occasions.
33 Tritium gas tubes
The tritium gas tubes in the 00RED are completely self-powered and 100 times brighter than conventional lume in total darkness. This luminescent technology safely seals pure tritium gas in lightweight mineral glass tubes. The amount of tritium used is considerably low so that its radioactive levels cause no risk to the wearer. This chemical process ensures luminous performance in total prolonged darkness.
A 904L stainless steel case
904L grade stainless steel is not widely used in the industry due to its increased solidity and difficulty to machine. Due to its additional amounts of chromium, molybdenum, nickel and copper, 904L steel features improved resistance to elements like corrosion, rust and acids. Its unique hardness withstands extreme conditions, while it displays a beautifully high polish and ages exquisitely well.
1,000 Gauss anti-magnetic resistance
The mu-metal shield protects the movement from magnetic disturbances. Mu-metal is an alloy of nickel, iron, copper and molybdenum with very high magnetic permeability, enabling it to attract and deviate static or low-frequency magnetic field lines and ensuring anti-magnetic properties far superior to the ones of the soft iron usually employed in watchmaking. The use of mu-metal is a genuine industrial feat, capable of protecting a mechanical watch against magnetic fields up to an astonishing intensity of 1,000 Gauss.
Resisting up to 5.000 Gs
Every BALL watch undergoes rigorous testing for impact resistance up to 5,000Gs. The crown, crystal and 9 o’clock position of the case are hit with a pendulum impact-testing machine to ensure impeccable performance according to ISO 1413, but also BALL’s stringent standards.
The RR1102-C calibre that beats inside the 00RED is COSC certified to guarantee an average daily rate of -4/+6 seconds accuracy. The COSC certificate is a Swiss horological standard since 1973 and is still considered a reference for many watch brands all over the world.
Only 91 units of the “00 Red” will be made and delivered between 2022 and 2023.
00RED by Ball Watch Co. (for CronotempVs Collectors)Case: 43mm in 904L stainless steelMovement: Automatic COSC certified.Functions: hours, minutes and secondsDial: anthracite with 33 tritium gas tubesWater resistance: 100 metersBracelet: 904L stainless steelLimited Edition 91 unitsPrice 2.200€ (without tax)