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Published: Wednesday December 4, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Wednesday December 4, 2013 MYT 9:13:00 AM

Drumming up a hit

Eric Singer in full Kiss regalia wearing the Ball Engineer Hydrocarbon Airborne with the SpringLOCK® System.

Eric Singer in full Kiss regalia wearing the Ball Engineer Hydrocarbon Airborne with the SpringLOCK® System.

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.

The Ball Engineer Hydrocarbon Airborne  with the SpringLOCK®.
The Ball Engineer Hydrocarbon Airborne with the SpringLOCK® System. 

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.

Tags / Keywords: Lifestyle, Ball Watch, Eric Singer, Kiss, SpringLOCK® System

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