Well, it’s been a big couple of weeks for Australian watch lovers. Firstly, the announcement that the incredible Chapter Two by Maitres du Temps was being offered for retail sale for first time in Australia, then the exclusive Fine Watchmaking event hosted by Cartier in Sydney and now we have some more exciting news to share.
Today we received official confirmation that the excellent collection from the BALL Watch Company will soon be available in Australia!
The BALL Watch Company
For those of you not familiar with the brand we encourage you to check out our article on the Ball Watch Engineer Hydrocarbon, in which we cover the company’s rich history. However, for the purposes of this article all you need to know is that the Ball Watch Company was established in 1891 by Webster Clay Ball, a jeweler and horologist who established an accurate and uniform system of timekeeping within the American railroad system.
That, and the fact that they make exceptional timepieces. Robust, highly legible and famed for their excellent build quality, Ball watches truly are tool watches as they should be. Not only do they look great but they also serve a practical purpose and their range is broad enough to suit nearly all tastes and budgets.
Australian retail prices will range from around $AUD2,000 – $AUD5,000 for the standard models and go all the way up to around $AUD20,000 for the limited edition models in precious metals, such as platinum. Pieces from the ladies collection will also be available and will range from around $AUD1,500 – $AUD3,000. Although all models may not be available in store, we are told that it should be possible to order any specific model from the current collection directly from Switzerland, if you should so desire.
No information has been released yet on stockists, however, as soon as this information becomes available we will let you know. We anticipate things should move fairly quickly, however, as the brand is being distributed by the highly reputable Avstev Group, Australia’s largest privately owned watch distributor which also looks after Raymond Weil, Frederique Constant, Girard-Perregaux and TechnoMarine.
The Final Word
Ball watches really do offer a viable alternative to mainstream brands such as Tag Heuer and Omega and it’s fantastic to see these sorts of brands finally making their way into the Australian market. Having said that, the distribution will be very selective and in limited numbers so you can be safe in the knowledge that not too many people will be walking around with your new favorite timepiece!
To find out more about the Ball Watch Company please visit their official website: www.ballwatch.com/