Ball rightfully named their latest addition to the collection Engineer Master II Voyager. Although a mouth full, the watch unites all the elements of these names in a single timepiece. Next to the bold numerals with Ball’s signature micro gas tubes (which are also placed on the hands) is it the large date that demands attention. A subtle subdial at 6 o’clock displays the second-time-zone. With this Ball unites two very popular complications in a single watch that is consistent with their brand DNA.
Ball offers the watch in two sizes: 40mm and 44mm in diameter. Both look similar and well proportioned, although the 44mm comes with a sub dial for the second time zone that eats some of the numerals, which is not everybody’s taste. The price of both is equal, so it is really up to personal preference. They also offer the watch in two different dial colors: Black and Blue. The black is all business; the blue dial looks a bit more casual since Ball opted for a blue jeans kind of color. Readability is near excellent, thanks to the large sword hands and of course does Ball’s lumination technology also ensures that this is also the case when it gets dark.
Given the fact that the Engineer Master II Voyager combines a second-time-zone complication with a large date makes the price of US$1.659,- fair, although we suggest that you spend an additional US$40,- and get the watch on a metal bracelet. Leather straps can easily be found for US$40,-, but getting a suitable bracelet afterward tends to get difficult or expensive, most likely both. The watch is also limited to 1.000 pieces and Ball lets you pick your own number (when still available). That all together makes this Ball a very solid offering, especially for those who travel often.
More information on the Engineer Master II Voyager can be found on the website of Ball.