“The inaugural book in the Kingsbridge series, The Pillars of the Earth, has sold over 27 million copies worldwide. So, Ken Follett knows what he’s doing, but no one would blame him for blinking twice at the prospect of penning the prequel. The Evening and the Morning proves he has nerves of steel. Set at the tail end of the Dark Ages when England was being pinched by the Vikings and the Welsh, it mines the growing pains of a budding legal system, one that wouldn’t only benefit the ruling class and corrupt clergymen. It’s also a star-crossed love story involving a humble boatbuilder and Norman noblewoman, two heroes whose journey provides the emotional center of an otherwise brutal, and yet beautiful, tale. Fans of Follett will certainly relish this very worthy addition to a beloved oeuvre, but it will also attract new admirers like yours truly, who initially balked at the 928 page count and then was disappointed that The Evening and the Morning didn’t stretch on to the afternoon.” —Erin Kodicek, Amazon Book Review
The watch is a Ball Engineer III.
This is the most legible watch I own. It has the brightest watch face I have ever seen on any watch. That’s because Ball use micro gas tubes, a novel light source manufactured by means of innovative laser technology. They provide superior brightness – 100 times brighter than markings using luminous paints
Ball is a fascinating American company. Originally based in Cleveland—they are now in Switzerland—owner and founder Webb C. Ball was the man who realized that in order to avoid fatal railroad collisions there had to be a standard watch that was used by all railroad conductors — and this watch had to be unusually accurate.
In short, Webb C. Ball is the man who made the trains run on time.
My grandchildren are fascinated by this watch. Whenever I wear it, they drag me into a dark closet where they ooh and ahh at the luminous watch face.
Ariel Chaim, 7, asked if he can get this watch as a Bar Mitzvah gift.
The story of Ball Watch Company and the Kipton Railroad Tragedy can be found here.