Drum­ming up a hit

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - STYLE -

THIS year, Ball watch in­tro­duced its patented SpringLOCK® Sys­tem, the world’s first rev­o­lu­tion­ary anti-shock sys­tem that en­hances watch ac­cu­racy by re­duc­ing the bal­ance-spring shock im­pact by 66%.

Philippe An­tille, Chief Tech­nol­ogy Of­fi­cer at Ball Watch, of­ten used, as an ex­am­ple, the en­vi­ron­men­tal ef­fects a watch might en­dure while around the wrist of a drum­mer to il­lus­trate the pur­pose of such a sys­tem.

He found the per­fect tester for his anti-shock sys­tem: Eric Singer, the drum­mer of the band Kiss.

Singer al­ready has two Ball watches and is a mem­ber of the “Friends of Ball”.

He wore the first pro­to­type on stage in Mi­lan in June 18 and the re­sults found that the watch only had a dif­fer­ence of a few sec­onds af­ter be­ing “mis­treated” dur­ing the whole first set of the con­cert.

On be­ing asked how hard he was hit­ting the sticks, Singer ex­plained, “It’s wood on steel. It may sound like a con­tra­dic­tion, but I try and be re­laxed, but also as force­ful as pos­si­ble. If I tried to drum the way I do on­stage now, without the adren­a­line, it would hurt too much and I couldn’t do it. Aside from the fact that (a watch) doesn’t re­ally go with my cos­tume, I was al­ways afraid that I’d de­stroy a move­ment if I wore it on stage.”

The SpringLOCK® works as a “cage” around the bal­ance-spring and ab­sorbs the en­ergy cre­ated when the watch is sub­jected to ex­ter­nal im­pacts.

These im­pacts can cause stan­dard me­chan­i­cal move­ments to vary by up to 60 sec­onds a day.

Singer went on to test the fi­nalised prod­uct a few months later in Tokyo. He wore the brand new En­gi­neer Hy­dro­car­bon Air­borne fea­tured with the SpringLOCK®.

As a start, Ball Watch will en­dow a few mod­els with the SpringLOCK® Sys­tem; The En­gi­neer Hy­dro­car­bon Black, The En­gi­neer Hy­dro­car­bon Air­borne and the Train­mas­ter Can­non­ball.

eric Singer in full Kiss re­galia wear­ing the ball en­gi­neer Hy­dro­car­bon air­borne with the SpringLOcK® Sys­tem.

The ball en­gi­neer Hy­dro­car­bon air­borne with the SpringLOcK® Sys­tem.

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