2012/04/17 - Rado the HyperChrome presents a world first in high-tech ceramic case construction

Treading new technological territory 

The Rado HyperChrome presents a world first in high-tech ceramic case construction

Rado is premiering a breakthrough technology in the high-tech ceramic models of its new Rado HyperChrome Collection. Sophisticated injection moulding has enabled the creation of a one-piece (monocoque) high-tech ceramic case, where the case forms the entire structure of the finished timepiece. Differentiating this monocoque case from others is the full integration of the lugs and surrounding brackets into the high-tech ceramic form. These watches come in sleek black or pure white and demonstrate impressive hardness of 1’250 Vickers. They are embraced by parentheses in a variety of metallic finishes, echoed by matching dial detail to distinguish indexes and chronograph discs and on the chronographs’ pushers.

Time in parentheses

Literally bracketing together the 27-strong Rado HyperChrome family is a design incorporating contrasting elements on either side of the case to resemble elegantly elongated parentheses. Mirroring the heat-intensive processes pioneered by Rado to create its innovative materials, these watches harmoniously unite high-tech ceramic, Ceramos® and diamonds. A selection of hardened metal versions in golden- or silver-coloured steel adopts the same construction, presenting a classical alternative. Individual timekeeping tastes are accommodated by automatic chronographs and three-hand automatic or quartz versions. Size variations satisfy his and her styles and preferences. The perfectly round frame around the dial has an ultra-modern, smooth surface inspired by the enigmatic ring around the planet Saturn. In all of the models in the new line, Rado showcases its skill at uniting shapes from the past and materials of the present, in products for the future with unrivalled comfort, durability and Swiss precision. Digression is both desired and gained in watches inspired by such famous ancestors such as the Rado Golden Horse Collection.


Matchmaking materials 

Two flagship Rado HyperChrome watches get to the heart of the matter

For Rado, high-tech ceramic, pioneered by the Swiss brand in the 1980s, has literally become a way of life. The new Rado HyperChrome Collection combines this dynamic material with hardened steel to create watches that live and breathe the rhythms of the 21st century lifestyle. Two models in particular express the ability of high-tech ceramic to embrace contemporary desires for exquisite style and versatility. Their bracelets and entire cases are high-tech ceramic, clearly demonstrating that Rado is the master of modern materials.

Men in black

An XXL black chronograph Rado HyperChrome, dressed from head to toe in high-tech ceramic, is elegantly groomed with hardened stainless steel brackets around the case, push-buttons finished with ceramic, plus a stainless steel and black rubber moulded crown. These suave touches are matched by rhodium-coloured hands, counters and applied indexes, creating a sophisticated yet sporty statement. Dynamism is constantly in the driving seat for a watch that accelerates Rado into a new era. The wearer can indulge his love of innovative materials and show-stopping shapes, while relying on the precision of Swiss made chronograph functionality. Whether he is an architect contemplating the perfect materials to translate his plans into aesthetic objects, or a sporty individual interested in both personal pulse rates and wrist-wear, with the stunning 45 mm Rado HyperChrome chronograph he has met his match.

White wedding

A 36 mm white Rado HyperChrome, with a case and bracelet made entirely of high-tech ceramic, adds irresistible feminine charm to the new family. The design harmoniously marries pure white with gold-coloured PVD stainless steel detailing to produce a rich expression of modernity. It equips savvy femininity with effortless timekeeping thanks to its Swiss made automatic movement. When viewed from above, the strikingly shaped watch mesmerises with its pure whiteness, yet a light tilt reveals a teasing golden shimmer coming from the metal accents. This timepiece will look equally respectable in the elegant surroundings of an art gallery, or at a distinguished sporting event. Its comfort and durability ensure that the watch’s glamour brings both character and a long-lasting partnership.

Unlimited Spirit. Rado.





Technical Specifications

Rado HyperChrome Automatic Chronograph (black high-tech ceramic, XXL)

Movement
  • 12 1/2 ETA 2894-2, chronograph, 25 jewels, 6 hands, date at 4.30, 42 hrs power reserve, decorated movement 
Dial 
  • Black dial with 12 rhodium applied indexes with white luminous 
  • Black reflector, white Rado and Automatic logos, 
  • Moving anchor symbol 
Case
  • Black polished high-tech ceramic case 
  • Black polished high-tech ceramic see-through case back 
  • Steel and black rubber moulded crown 
  • Stainless steel pushers with black high-tech ceramic 
  • Stainless steel case inserts 
  • Water resistant up to 10 bar (100 m) 
Crystal
  • Curved sapphire crystal 
Hands
  • Hour and minute: rhodium with black veneer and white luminous, 
  • Second: rhodium 
  • Small counters: rhodium with black veneer 
Bracelet 
  • 3-row black polished high-tech ceramic 
  • Titanium 3-fold buckle and black ceramic pushers 
Dimensions 
  • 45 x 51 x 13 (W x L x H in mm) 

Rado HyperChrome Automatic (white high-tech ceramic, M)

Movement 
  • 8 1/2 ETA 2681, automatic, 25 jewels, 3 hands, date at 3 o‘clock, 38 hrs power reserve, decorated movement 
Dial 
  • White dial with 12 gold-coloured applied indexes with white luminous 
  • White reflector, grey Rado and Automatic logos, 
  • Moving anchor symbol 
Case 
  • White polished high-tech ceramic case 
  • White polished high-tech ceramic see-through case back 
  • Steel and white rubber moulded crown 
  • Stainless steel yellow PVD case inserts 
  • Water resistant up to 10 bar (100 m) 
Crystal 
  • Curved sapphire crystal 
Hands 
  • Hour and minute: gold-coloured with white veneer and luminous 
  • Second: gold-coloured 
Bracelet 
  • 3-row white polished high-tech ceramic 
  • Titanium 3-fold buckle and white ceramic pushers 
Dimensions 
  • 36 x 42.4 x 10.4 (W x L x H in mm)