Ball For BMW Full Watch Collection

Ball For BMW Full Watch Collection

Ball For BMW Full Watch Collection   watch releases

You recently got a first look at the new BMW by Ball watch collection here on aBlogtoWatch.com. There you learned that Swiss Ball watches was to be a major timepiece making partner of the Bavarian Motor Works car company. The details were a bit scant but you learned what the pieces were going to look like as well as that there wold be four version to start - one of them a limited edition.

That limited edition piece was the Ball for BMW Thermometer watch - with Ball's special mechanical thermometer in the piece. While that watch is not again covered in this article, this post has the full set of non-limited edition Ball for BMW timepieces. You'll see that they are spread in to "Classic, GMT, and Power Reserve" model families.

Ball For BMW Full Watch Collection   watch releases

Ball For BMW Full Watch Collection   watch releases

Each of the three models will have a range of initial styles. There are 28 non-limited versions of the Ball for BMW watches to begin with. I say that with the anticipation that more models and special editions will come as the relationship develops. Ball and BMW haven't exactly mentioned where the watches will be sold. However, they have noted that the watches will be available through a "network of exclusive dealers." That likely means customers can buy Ball for BMW watches at some Ball watch dealers and some BMW car dealers.

The most basic version will be called the Ball for BMW Classic. It is 40mm wide in steel with a range of dial color options from silver to blue. You can also get the Classic with a metal bracelet or leather strap. Overall the Ball for BMW watches will have a few strap options including leather, crocodile, and textile. The Classic watch will have a Swiss ETA 2892 automatic movement inside of it and has the largest BMW logo on the dial out of the entire series.

Ball For BMW Full Watch Collection   watch releases

The more interesting models are the 42mm wide Ball for BMW GMT and Power Reserve. Each will come in polished or DLC black coated steel cases. Information from Ball also seems to suggest that the Power Reserve model will be available in an 18k gold case as well. These models have the most interesting dials and of course the extra complication. I also like the smaller BMW emblem logo on the dials rather than then the larger embossed logo. More technical details are available below.

It goes without saying that all Ball for BMW watches will feature tritium gas tube illumination. Most of the tubes will glow orange with a single blue tube at 12 o'clock. Orange is said to be a signature color for BMW - especially on their instrument panels, so the watches try to use this when possible. Last, another interesting feature will be part of the Ball for BMW watch collection. This feature showed up on a Ball watch last year, and is called the "Amortiser." It allows you to press and screw down the caseback of a watch to lock the automatic rotor into place. This is meant to be used when the wearer expects the watch to endure shock or trauma to help protect the movement. The wearer must then disengage the Amortiser for the watch to continue automatically winding.

Ball For BMW Full Watch Collection   watch releases

Ball BMW Classic NM3010D-LCFJ-SL
■ MOVEMENT
‧Automatic caliber ETA 2892-2, chronometer certified COSC
■ FUNCTIONS
‧12 micro gas tubes on hour and minute hands and dial for night reading capacity
‧Patented Amortiser® anti-shock system
‧Anti-magnetic to 4,800A/m
‧Water resistant to 50m/160ft
‧Hours, minutes, sweep seconds and date
■ CASE
‧Stainless steel
‧Ø 40mm, height 10.87mm
‧Anti-reflective sapphire crystal
‧Screwed-in crown
■ BAND
‧Tapered stainless steel bracelet or crocodile leather strap with folding buckle
■ DIAL
‧Black / Blue / Grey / Silver

Ball BMW GMT GM3010C-SCJ-BK
■ MOVEMENT
‧Automatic caliber ETA 2893-2, chronometer certified COSC
■ FUNCTIONS
‧13 micro gas tubes on hour and minute hands and dial for night reading capacity
‧Second time zone indication
‧Patented Amortiser® anti-shock system
‧Anti-magnetic to 4,800A/m, Water resistant to 100m/330ft
‧Hours, minutes, sweep seconds and date
■ CASE
‧Stainless steel or Diamond-Like Carbon (DLC)
‧Ø 42mm, height 12,64mm
‧Anti-reflective sapphire crystal
‧Screwed-in crown
■ BAND
‧Tapered stainless steel bracelet, rubber strap or crocodile leather strap with folding buckle
■ DIAL
‧Black / Silver

Ball BMW Power Reserve PM3010C-P1CFJ-BK
■ MOVEMENT
‧Automatic caliber ETA 2897, chronometer certified COSC
■ FUNCTIONS
‧10 micro gas tubes on hour and minute hands and dial for night reading capacity
‧Power reserve indication
‧Patented Amortiser® anti-shock system
‧Anti-magnetic to 4,800A/m, Water resistant to 100m/330ft
‧Hours, minutes, sweep seconds and date
■ CASE
‧Stainless steel, Diamond-Like Carbon (DLC) or gold
‧Ø 42mm, height 12,64mm
‧Anti-reflective sapphire crystal, Screwed-in crown
■ BAND
‧Tapered stainless steel bracelet, rubber strap or crocodile leather strap with folding buckle
■ DIAL
‧Black or silver, Black & grey (for gold case)

8 comments
mcv1973a
mcv1973a

Dull. Not mind-numbingly so, but still a far cry from what Bell offers under their own product line.

japanwatchconnection
japanwatchconnection

I wish BMW would stick to co-brand watches with German watchmakers like Junghans, Sinn, Tutima, etc.

ddowns333
ddowns333

OMG, I am in love.... Ball is, and has been like my favorite watch maker and now they have really gone over the limit of AMAZING !!!

Could do without the logo, BUT the positives outweigh the negatives by SOOOOOO far it really dont matter !!!

Micro gas tubes for night markers, I mean, REALLY !!!!

I would NEVER take it off !!!

Ulysses31
Ulysses31

Except for the BMW logo which seems thoughtlessly tacked on in many of the pieces, these designs are appealing.  Especially love that blue dial model.  Yes, I know the whole point of this range is the branding but it doesn't add anything special at all - it certainly doesn't reflect the design prowess BMW are so well known for.  Should've gone the Porsche route and designed the whole thing from scratch.  I rather like Ball watches and think they have some beautiful designs, but the clumsy integration of the BMW symbol dulls my ardour for these pieces.

MarkCarson
MarkCarson

I wish they had a black PVD metal bracelet (to go with the black case and dial GMT model).

Outside of the BMW roundel, there is nothing about the watches that says BMW to me (and I've owned 6 of them over the years). BMW is fond of talking about "design language" these days in regards to the styling of their cars. But I see none of that on these watches. I'm a fan of Ball and I'm sure they are nice, but the product tie in seems weak to me.

SuperStrapper
SuperStrapper

Welcome back from your time under the rock while wearing earplugs and a blindfold.

You may be interested to learn that BMW did not start the tritium tube phase for Ball watches, and that they have many other models that do it not only much better, but without the needless and fugly BMW branding.

japanwatchconnection
japanwatchconnection

@MarkCarson 

I agree. Being a BMW/MINI fan myself I just don't see the design connection. These Ball watches, while nice, are pretty mundane IMHO.

Panagiotis
Panagiotis

@MarkCarson maybe if the BWM logo had subsidiary seconds? Or if the sub. seconds "hand" was the blue and white propeller? That could probably work. As is, i agree with you that it seems they just stuck the logo on dial.