There’s a renewed creative energy at Rado that’s clearly visible in their product line-up these days. Case in point is the new HyperChrome Ultra Light models that stay true to the two core tenets of the brand – the use of innovative new materials and a strong design language.
Presented in two earthy tones - bronze and brown – these timepieces use a 43-mm-wide case made from extremely light high-tech ceramic (Si3N4). Despite the largish case size, the case weighs in at just 56 grams. It is worth mentioning here that not only is Ultra Light’s ceramic half the weight of Rado’s standard high-tech ceramic, it is also harder and more scratch-resistant.
The bronze tone ceramic case has a Monobloc construction and includes grade 5 titanium inserts on the case band. It uses a titanium nitride caseback fitted with a sapphire crystal. The case uses a grade 5 titanium crown and a curved sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating on both sides. Both watches are water-resistant to 100 meters
The brown high-tech ceramic dial has a sun-ray finish and Roman numerals in the same color tone as the case. The bronze tone is repeated on the hands and the brand logo and a date window is placed at 3 o’ clock. Rado says the dials are inspired by pocket watches made in the early 20th century. The bronze edition is paired with an aged leather strap. This watch is such a study in contrasts - while the styling is classical, the materials used in the creation of the watch are all ultra-modern.
The brown tone case has a similar construction as the bronze version including grade 5 titanium inserts and the sort. The brown sun-ray finished dial uses stick indexes for the hours but the minutes are also indicated in 5-minute intervals. Sandblasted black gold hands indicate time and a date window is placed at 3 o’ clock. This version is presented on a sporty, vintage style NATO strap.
Both watches are powered by the self-winding ETA A31.L02. Visible through the exhibition caseback, the decorated movement uses black anodized aluminum bridges and base plate as well as a black oscillating rotor. It houses a power reserve of 64 hours and an escapement that beats at 4 Hz. Both watches are limited editions of 500 pieces and is priced at $2,950 each.