Weapons of Sophistication: Ballast Designs Watches for Modern Wayfarers

Since the dawn of time, men of the seas have been considered another breed; rugged, mysterious and always adventurous. Celebrating the modern Poseidon, Ballast puts history at the heart of their nautically inspired collection of watches that launched this spring.

Dedicated to the crews that serve deep beneath the sea, the latest campaign from Ballast commemorates the life of the few that choose to serve their country by spending time in a submarine. Revealing tales from five real life nautical pioneers, the collection celebrates a new generation of exploration by interviewing crew who have served on submarines globally. 

"Each watch is inspired by the legacy of extraordinary submarines and the unique features bring that story to life,” says Ballast President, Drew Deters.

Time becomes everything underwater. Thousands of miles from land, separated for months on end from their friends and family, even the difference between night and day disappears. Typical work days average eighteen hours long. With no Internet, and no means of communication, card games or watching movies become the only options for entertainment. So how do you know just how long you've been submerged? By keeping time of course, with a Ballast watch.

“I don't think anyone really likes to be in a tight enclosed space with no light," says Lieutenant Chris Sergeant, a Staff Training Officer with the US Navy Nuclear Power Training Unit. Claustrophobia is a concern for the elite aboard a submarine. But, over time, like any good team the crew aboard becomes a community, explains Lieutenant Rashad McCloud. "Regardless of background, age, religion, whatever the differences may be, you all kind of meld, find commonalities and get along. It’s a special community; I haven’t found anything like it," says McCloud.

Alexa Mangrum

Alexa Mangrum culminates her love of culture with her passion for writing as a Justluxe Editorial Team Member. An authority on the arts and design world, Mangrum frequently freelances for various publications globally. An arts and entertainment enthusiast in her local community of San Diego, Mangrum is a visual artist as well. Recently awarded as an Emerging Creative of 2013 by Google Inc. and con...(Read More)

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