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波尔(Ball)品牌介绍

火车和手表制造似乎是两件毫无联系的事,但在一八九一年一个充满厄运的 日子,它们却紧紧地纠缠在一起。那天美国俄亥俄州两列邮件列车悲惨地相撞了,那在四月十九日发生的悲剧,导致两列列车的驾驶员全部死亡,还有其它九名人员 在撞车事件中丧生。这次事件更催使现代精密制表行业中一个伟大名称的诞生。
 
在那次意外之后,来自俄亥俄州克利夫的波尔先生被铁路公司列为总检察 官,导致那场意外的原因其实简单透顶,事后的研究表明:由于时钟故障导致计时错误。其中一列火车上的工程师的手表停了四分钟,但他不知道,依然继续前进, 还在想着再有七分钟就到站了,到那里就可以将车道让给另外一列火车,然而事实上,他离死亡却只有三分钟。

为了杜绝类似的事情再次发生,铁路当局在波尔先生的各项职责中,托付他一件 主要的任务,就是监管并记录铁路时间。

手表制造商也立刻开始对所有铁路员工配戴的手表进行隔周检查,所有检查工作 都由经过审查的手表制造商来完成。波尔先生为此设立了严格的标准,严禁采用误差超过30秒钟的时计。

正是波尔先生的标准系统确保了计时的精确和统一,也建立了铁路时间和铁路手 表作为精确计时的标准,这个网络最终覆盖了美国百分之七十五的铁路。波尔先生的成就受到了国际社会的称赞,不仅是因为他作为一个普通公民的贡献,更因为他 在钟表制造史上充当的角色。

今天,波尔表在美国是最受尊敬的手表品牌之一。在二十一世纪,波尔表在他的领域中继续领先,紧随消费者的步伐,但尽管产 品外观发生了变化,品牌的创立精神 —强调实用性— 却从来没有被打过折扣。

在波尔先生原先的详细标准中,含有诸如手表表盘需要严格遵从他的设计原则的铁路手表标准,每一个细节,从指针的形状到数 字的形式,都按他准确计时的要求被制定出来。

这就是波尔家庭仍然坚持的精神。对于在今天的分秒必争社会,瞬间的决定将会改变世界,这是公认的看法。

波尔表:“始于1891年,在恶劣环境中,依然准确无误”

To a large extent, the development of the watch industry in America can be attributed to the advent and subsequent development of American railroads.

Prior to the advent of trains as a means of transporting people and goods, there was no real need for precise timekeeping or uniform time. Even after the railroad system in the United States had reached significant proportions following the Civil War, communities continued to maintain their local times.

By the end of 1883, the railroad industry had agreed, at least among themselves, to divide the nation into four time zones and had adopted Standard Time. The public soon followed suit, although it is interesting to note that the Congress did not officially sanction the concept until 1918.

In 1996, Cleveland, Ohio, celebrated the bicentennial of the founding of the city on the lake. During this celebration, many individuals were remembered and recognized as Cleveland's favorite sons, and their accomplishments were reviewed. One Clevelander honored, whose accomplishments reached international acclaim, not only for his civic contributions, but also for his place in horology, was Webster Clay Ball.

Webb C. Ball was born in Fredericktown, Ohio on October 6, 1847. When Standard Time was adopted in 1883, he was the first jeweler to use time signals, bringing accurate time to Cleveland. On July 19, 1891, the General Superintendent of Lake Shore Lines appointed Webb C. Ball as Chief Inspector for the lines. His early inspection system was the beginning of the vast Ball network that would encompass 75% of the railroads throughout the country and cover at least 175,000 miles of railroad. Webb C. Ball also extended his system into Mexico and Canada.

On April 19, 1891 the Fast Mail train known as No. 4 was coming west on the Lake Shore & Michigan Southern Railroad in Kipton, Ohio. At Elyria, 25 miles from Cleveland, the Engineer and the Conductor of the Accomodation were given orders to let the fast mail train pass them at Kipton, a small station west of Oberlin, the University town.

As the Conductor of Accomodation admitted afterward, from the time the train left Elyria until it collided with the Fast Mail at Kipton, he did not take his watch out of his pocket. He said that he supposed the Engineer would look out for Fast Mail No. 4. But the Engineer's watch stopped for four minutes and then began running again, a little matter of life and death of which he was unconscious. There were several stations between Elyria and Kipton, but the Engineer pounded slowly along in the belief that he had time to spare.

Leaving Oberlin, the Engineer supposed he had seven minutes before reaching the meeting point. Of course he only had three minutes. Had the Conductor looked at his own watch he could have prevented the accident. The trains came together at Kipton, the Fast Mail at full speed and the Accomodation under brakes, because it was nearing the station. The Engineers of both trains were killed, and the dead bodies of nine clerks were taken from the kindling wood and broken iron of the postal cars.

The Kipton Disaster prompted the Lake Shore officials to enlist Webb C. Ball to investigate Time and Watch conditions throughout the Lake Shore Line and develop an inspection system for their implementation.

Webb C. Ball set about immediately and put in place fortnightly checks on the watches worn by all railroad workers. The checks were carried out by approved watchmakers. Ball set strict standards, forbidding variations more than 30 seconds among the watches.

It is important to recognize and applaud Webb C. Ball, for his system was the first successful one to be accepted on a broad scale. It was his system that set the standard for railroads; it was his system that helped establish accuracy and uniformity in timekeeping. It was his system that resulted in railroad time and railroad watches being recognized as STANDARD, whenever accuracy in time was required. In general, it became accepted that when the average person asks a railroad man the time, he is assured a correct answer.

Today, BALL Watch is one of the most respected and established watch brands in the United States. We continue to update the product range in the 21st century to keep pace with shifting consumer patterns. But, despite changes in appearance, the founding spirit of the brand - industrial function - is never compromised.

It is upheld in Ball's original details, such as the watch dial that faithfully follows his design guidelines for the standard railway watch. Every detail, from the shape of the hands to the style of the numerals, was laid down by the founder in his quest for accuracy in timekeeping.

It is a vision that the Ball family remains faithful to. For legions of men and women today whose split-second decisions keep the world ticking, it is a shared commitment. 

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