Round-UpThe Myriad Offerings Of The Rado HyperChrome Collection
Exemplifying some of Rado’s most ground-breaking developments in ceramic technology, the HyperChrome series has a range of options to choose from. Here are 10 pieces from the collection’s diverse offerings, each of which embodies the advancements in material innovation
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The coming together of avant-garde design, unbeatable engineering, and pioneering technology, all complementing each other in perfect harmony is nothing but sheer genius. However, to take it to new heights with a cutting-edge blend of the crucial components that define the orb of watchmaking and its progress is what the futuristic brand Rado excels in. To define the Rado archetype would be to speak of the brand’s restrained minimalism and simplicity, and the way they play to their strengths in material innovation, which is a commitment they take rather seriously. One of the biggest material innovations that Rado has given the watch world is making ceramic mainstream in watches and no collection other than the HyperChrome series highlights this key strength to its fullest.
Born in 2012, the HyperChrome series, with its high-tech materials, path-breaking technology and sophisticated style, packs a punch as the everyday timepieces for the modern trendsetting individual on the move. The ceramic case of a HyperChrome watch marks a technological breakthrough being crafted from a mono-bloc, or a single sleek piece of injected ceramic. The result is a HyperChrome timepiece that stands out for extreme comfort and durability, with eye-catching designs. This year, the brand continued its unparalleled quest with an all-new HyperChrome edition in cases constructed from ultra-light, high-tech ceramic. With a bewitching bronze chronograph model in the mix, there was also an admirable skeleton model to enthral any beholder.
Here we bring you 10 of the most noteworthy HyperChrome models that Rado has released over the last few years. These watches will suit every mindset and mood.
HyperChrome Automatic Chronograph Match Point Limited Edition
Skilfully crafted, this watch is a subtle play of contrasts on many counts: sporty yet chic, light yet comfortable, a polished bezel offset against a matte plasma high-tech Monobloc case and bracelet, and finally the refined juxtaposition of a blue dial with a grey strap. The watch scores points with its construction. Despite the case being 45mm in diameter, it is very light due to its plasma high-tech ceramic. The tachymeter engraved scale lends a sporty feel to the watch face. While the bracelet is also made of ceramic, stainless steel elements are seen on the side of the case, the crown and the pushers. The vertically-brushed blue dial features three sub-dials for the chronograph stopwatch function with two of the sub-dials finished in an off-white colour and a date window between three and four o’clock. Limited to 999 pieces, this one is sure to please enthusiasts with its aesthetics and functionality.
HyperChrome Automatic ‘Chocolate’—For Men
This one is a classic done right all the way! The classic, round case in 42mm houses an automatic movement and presents a seamless blend of aesthetics with its merging brown ceramic and rose gold accents. What more, it is crafted in high-tech ceramic that is quintessentially Rado. What makes it a must-have, however, is the rich brown ceramic that is bound to be a conversation starter. Built through a laborious and complicated process—wherein the ceramic powder is filled with a particular colour before the sintering process starts—the brown ceramic is a big win for the brand. A luminous play of glossy finishes on the case and the bracelet offset by the matte centre gives the watch a diverse visual appeal. The dark dial of the watch creates a stark contrast with the applied gold markers. With a date display window located at three o’clock, this superlight, scratch-resistant watch makes sure you score high on glamour.
HyperChrome Automatic Diamonds ‘Chocolate’—For Women
This one charms with its glistening diamond-studded bezel and delicious good looks. Warm and romantic, this scintillating 36mm timepiece takes pride of place in the Rado’s repertoire of the growing high-tech ceramic: chocolate brown. Built from one of the finest materials, combining a revolutionary substance with high fashion, the timepiece inculcates all the high-tech ceramic properties—including scratch resistance and lightweight—as it eases into the comfort level of a wearer by quickly adjusting to her body temperature. With an automatic movement, luminous hour markers, a date window, and sapphire crystal, this striking timepiece is limited to only 600 pieces. One for your sporty-chic soirées?
HyperChrome Automatic Chronograph
Suitable for sporting on and off the field, this one is particularly perfect for the hard core tennis enthusiasts. Designed to give the wearer utmost comfort, the HyperChrome high-tech ceramic watches are lighter than any other regular watches, ideal for sports, or simply for your travel to work. Meant for bigger wrists that can handle a 45mm case, this tennis-inspired timepiece sports incorporates some elements of the game. The grill mesh design inside the 12-hour counter is inspired by a tennis net, adding dimension to the dial. With a ceramic colour scheme in blue and grey, this automatic timepiece houses two chronograph counters—12 hours at six o’clock and 30 minutes at nine—along with small seconds at three and the date at five.
The cool, funky one on the block, this automatic timepiece by Rado pushes its design codes by all standards. Unabashedly bold and big, the 1616 automatic stands out instantly with its 46mm case and square dial, yet staying true to the superlight HyperChrome DNA. An audacious re-creation of Rado’s vintage Cape Horn collection, this watch was launched to mark the 400th anniversary of the discovery of the Cape Horn in South America. With a black leather strap, black ceramic case, an unusual day-date indicator, this one boasts of a phenomenal power reserve of 80 hours.
HyperChrome Captain Cook
If you want to wear a vintage looking timepiece to go back in time, this one is the perfect choice. Re-creating an original look from 1962 in a new and improved form for the 21st century, the HyperCrome Captain Cook stands out with its vintage details and styling, while staying true to the up-to-date features. A hardened titanium-carbon-diffused steel, high-tech brown ceramic case in 45mm, a brown leather strap and an engraved caseback seal the deal for this watch designed to stand the test of time. What adds a dash of modernity are the luminescent hands and markers, date display at three o’clock, the scratch resistant sapphire crystal with antireflective coating and its water resistance of 200m.
HyperChrome Automatic (UTC)
Look no further for the perfect travel companion. Showing two time zones simultaneously, this 42mm watch also takes care of your looks while you jet-set. The imposing black and silver metallic brilliance of this timepiece owes itself to the brand’s revolutionary plasma high-tech ceramic. This lends the warm grey colour that will not fade over time; instead, maintaining its scratch-resistant shine for ages. With a date window positioned at three o‘clock, the watch is water resistant to 30m and is also protected with scratch-resistant sapphire crystal.
HyperChrome Automatic Diamonds
A classic black beauty that will add a royal touch to any wrist, the timepiece marries form and functionality beautifully. Crafted out of high-tech ceramic and stainless steel with PVD treatment, the 36mm black case houses an automatic movement. Time is depicted by the movement of the rose gold-coloured hands, as the glittering diamond indexes on the black dial captivate with their sheer beauty. Water resistant to 50m, the sapphire crystal glass with an antireflective coating ensures a sharp view of the passage of time.
HyperChrome Automatic Chronograph
This contemporary timepiece makes a strong and enviable contender for your sporty yet semi-formal occasions. Seamlessly crafted out of high-tech ceramic and stainless steel with gold PVD treatment, the mix of brushed and polished surfaces on the case and strap add a dash of intrigue to the timepiece. Set in a 45mm case, this watch is powered by an automatic chronograph movement, and features a date window, a tachymeter scale on the bezel, rose gold hour hands and hour markers.
Keeping true Rado simplicity at heart, this all-grey steel and ceramic timepiece in 42mm spells mono-tone perfection with its one-piece mono-bloc case build. The plasma high-tech ceramic, stainless steel case is juxtaposed with the matte dial further accentuated by mildly contrasting silver tone indexes. The glossy high-tech ceramic bracelet ensures a high level of comfort for the wearer as well as long-lasting durability. This piece certainly makes a sharp statement and can become a part of any look quite effortlessly, yet effectively.
So which Rado HyperChrome watch would suit you the most?