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 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 ultra-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 high-tech ceramic (Si3N4) half the weight of Rado’s standard high-tech ceramic, it is 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 caseback. It is fitted with a grade 5 titanium crown and is fitted with curved sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating on both sides. The case is 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 the pocket watches made in the early 20th century. The bronze edition is paired with an aged leather strap. This watch is a study in contrasts. While the styling is so 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 again a date window is placed at 3 o’ clock. This version is presented on a sporty, vintage look 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 plate and 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.