Worldtimers have often been the subject of wonder for many, despite their being less practical in the midst of recent technological advances. Connoisseurs in particular appreciate the care applied in making such a complicated wristwatch that does more than just tell the time. In the past years, we have seen worldtimers from brands like IWC, Montblanc and Patek Philippe that have captured the hearts of many aficionados. BALL has mostly been under the radar, but with its revamping of its Trainmaster Worldtime, it has only proved that it should be receiving more coverage and attention.
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Retail Price: US$4,399.00
BALL Watches has long made a reputation for A-grade timepieces, but it has quite a contender in the BALL Trainmaster Worldtime Chronograph. When you consider it, a worldtimer makes a lot of sense for BALL given its history for railroads and timekeeping. Despite the complexity of the worldtimer that doubles as a chronograph, this Trainmaster is at par with others in its features. While not exactly cheap, the price is especially enticing, and made even more attractive to the few with its subdued beauty.
- Movement: Swiss automatic
- Caliber: BALL Calibre RR1502
- Power reserve: 48h
- Case material: stainless steel
- Case diameter: 42mm
- Case thickness: 13.7mm
- Glass: sapphire crystal, scratch-resistant
- Water resistance: 50m/165ft
- Function: date, day, hour, minute, second, chronograph
The BALL Trainmaster Worldtime Chronograph, impressively enough, is clean and simple—that’s just not easy to do with a chronograph that also happens to be a worldtimer. If not careful with the design, it can easily be too much and too busy with just a single touch, but not with this one. We see this appealing to those who have an admiration for restraint in design. The world time may no longer be that useful unless you don’t have a mobile device with you, and in those few instances the BALL worldtimer is handy because of its ease in use and legibility. The unscrewing and adjusting are areas to be improved upon on previous iterations, but BALL took note of the criticism and made the process more seamless with this 2016 release. Moreover, the hands and the indices is well-made and the dial is highly legible, due in part to the anti-reflective coating on the crystal.
While the BALL Trainmaster Worldtime Chronograph is a pretty solid choice, it is not without its faults. First, the chronograph wears large and thick, which could be uncomfortable. At a diameter of 42 millimeters and a thickness of 13.7 millimeters, it would make its presence felt on the wrist, and not subtly. The design, while appealing to minimalists, is close to crossing the border of bland, especially when compared to other worldtimers with a more distinct design. It’s best kept away from water though as it won’t survive being submerged in it for too long because of its 50-meter water resistance rating.
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