What it's Worth
When Webb C. Ball was summoned to testify about the timekeeping discrepancies that led to the great Kipton, Ohio train wreck, in 1891, he could not have fathomed in his wildest dreams that he would go down in history as the driving force behind standardizing the watch industry worldwide, nor that his dream would live 115 years later.
Blancpain is one of those companies that, as many of the finer Swiss watch Companies oft-times do, presents its watches in the most conservative of fashion. The company has been around in some form or another since its founding in 1735 by Jehan-Jacques Blancpain, and is steeped in a tradition that somehow gives it the ability to make "conservatism" hip.
Rarely do I get a chance to provide such a quick follow-up to a story about a watch company. But the reaction from many of you (the phone calls, emails and letters) about our story on the resurgence of the BALL WATCH COMPANY two issues ago (Volume 7, Issue 6, Nov./Dec. 2004) has been so great that a follow-up became necessary.