The Times Square Ball by Waterford Crystal, a beacon of opulence and a symbol of the world’s most extravagant New Year’s celebration.
As the clock strikes midnight on New Year’s Eve, the world holds its breath as all eyes turn to the dazzling spectacle unfolding in Times Square. It’s a moment of anticipation, celebration and sheer extravagance that has captured the hearts of millions for over a century. The ICONIC Waterford Crystal Times Square Ball is already an emblem of opulence, and the exquisite craftsmanship of Waterford Crystal makes it even more breathtaking.
Century of Splendor: The Times Square Ball’s Journey
Tourists and New York locals have been congregating in Times Square to welcome the New Year since 1904. But it wasn’t until 1907 that the inaugural New Year’s Eve Ball made its grand descent from the flagpole atop One Times Square. Crafted by Jacob Starr, a skilled immigrant metalworker, this first-ever ball was an exquisite fusion of iron and wood, adorned with a hundred 25-watt lightbulbs.
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Throughout the years, the ball has seen several transformations. In 1920, a 400-pound wrought iron ball replaced the original. By 1955, it morphed into an aluminum marvel weighing a mere 150 pounds. The 1980s saw a whimsical twist when it transformed into a glowing apple, symbolizing New York’s allure in the “I Love New York” campaign. But tradition reigns supreme, and in 1995, the ball regained its classic radiance with aluminum skin, rhinestones, strobes and computer controls.
Enter the Crystal Era: Waterford’s Dazzling Contribution
The turn of the millennium ushered in a new era for the Times Square Ball. In 2000, Waterford Crystal took center stage in the redesign, marrying cutting-edge lighting technology with timeless elegance. This crystalline masterpiece would mark the start of an exciting new millennium.
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Fast forward to 2007, the centennial anniversary of the Ball Drop tradition, calling for a luminous makeover. Modern LED lighting technology replaced incandescent bulbs, ushering in a new era of brightness and color. The spectacular Centennial Ball inspired the creation of a permanent Big Ball weighing nearly six tons and measuring 12 feet in diameter. Adorned with 2,688 crystal triangles illuminated by 32,256 LEDs, Waterford Crystal’s monumental masterpiece now graces the New York skyline year-round, a beacon of splendor above Times Square.