Pre-Baselworld 2018: Rado True ThinlineWritten by Alvin Wong
Mother Nature inspires Rado's latest.
Not all ceramic watches are created equal, where Rado is concerned. The elder statesman of material experimentation is at it again, promising more high-tech ceramic-based alchemy for the new horological year, starting with this nature-inspired teaser.
Among Rado's recent obsessions is the application of colours in ceramic watches. Where other brands would typically offer ceramic watches only in black or white, Rado has managed to imbue its creations with shades of grey, brown and midnight blue - and the palette continues to expand with the latest True Thinline in foliage green.
Although the colour takes its cue from lush gardens, the glossy emerald hue exudes a dash of glamour, accentuated no less by a beautiful mother-of-pearl dial with a leaf motif printed on its underside. Completing the sophisticated demeanour are slim gold indexes that are metallised on the sapphire crystal. And true to its moniker (excuse the pun), this version of the quartz-powered True Thinline sits like a leaf on the wrist, the tough but lightweight ceramic case registering a mere 5mm in height.
Rado has pushed the envelope further than most brands in the field of ceramic watches, since introducing the world's first model back in 1986. Not resting on its laurels, the brand has mastered - and continues to discover - new treatments and finishing techniques that would otherwise prove challenging for the super hardy, yet ultra-light, material. Watch this space for how Rado truly lives up to the 'high-tech' prefix in high-tech ceramics.
Alvin promises not to be a douche when talking about watches. He may have scoured the Basel and Geneva watch fairs for the past 15 years, and played an instrumental role to the growth of Singapore's pioneering horological and men's lifestyle publications, but the intrepid scribe seeks to learn something new with each story he writes.