Angus Davies reviews the BALL Watch Fireman Storm Chaser Pro, recently launched at Baselworld 2014. This chronograph, with its highly legible display, is attractively priced and exhibits a robust demeanour which makes it an ideal watch for daily wear.
I recall attending a careers lesson at school and being asked about my chosen profession. Aged 15, I proffered several suggestions including accountant, army officer, policeman and dentist. My fellow students also mentioned similar professions as well as notions of becoming teachers, nurses and doctors.
Ironically, my career path never followed the path discussed in that cold uninspiring classroom. Indeed, I wonder how many stated ambitions were ever realised. Often individuals remark that my occupation is unusual and seem to struggle with the concept of writing about wristwatches for a living. However, if my job appears unusual to some, then I don’t know what they would think of Dr Joshua Wurman’s “typical day’s work”.
Dr Wurman is a meteorologist and has been a brand ambassador for BALL Watch Company since 2008. Dr Wurman’s speciality is the study of extreme weather. Moreover, he is president of the “Center of Severe Weather Research (CSWR)” and his professional role has seen him develop innovative methods for locating and analysing tornadoes and hurricanes.
He has been responsible for creating many inventions in the field of meteorology including the “Doppler on Wheels”. The CSWR’s Doppler on Wheels (DOW) network of three equipment laden trucks are dispatched and positioned near extreme weather. They capture useful data that can be used to warn of similar impending events in the future. Dr Wurman’s work is said to have contributed to saving many lives.
Dr Wurman and BALL Watch Company seek to mitigate the impact of extreme conditions. Indeed, the watch company has gained a reputation for its robust watches and its association with Dr Wurman seems logical.
On hearing the name of this latest watch from BALL Watch Company, the Fireman Storm Chaser Pro, recently launched at Baselworld 2014, I was expecting to see an armour-plated ensemble which exhibited a tough exterior but lacked any aesthetic beauty. Indeed, my pre-conceived idea was that the watch would be grotesquely styled in the pursuit of exceptional resilience to impacts and shocks.
Daniel Alioth, Chief Operating Officer of BALL Watch Company with Angus Davies
I was therefore pleasantly surprised when I was subsequently presented with this tasteful, classically styled bi-compax chronograph. This is a handsome timepiece and, despite its sturdy construction, would prove the ideal complement to both formal or casual attire.