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INTRODUCING: Rado True Square Thinline Les Couleurs Le Corbusier

The Rado True Square Thinline Les Couleurs Le Corbusier edition in grey and teal ceramic.

The Master of Materials harnesses the evocative and eternal power of colour by dipping into Le Corbusier’s palette.

Known for its pioneering mastery of high-tech ceramics, Rado has also made a name for itself with its bold use of colour in timepieces. It continues this tradition with a new limited-edition collection that combines two of its most iconic lines – True Square and True Thinline – drawing from legendary architect Le Corbusier’s colour theory. Featuring three autumnal colourways, Rado’s new True Square Thinline Les Couleurs Le Corbusier line-up is limited to 999 pieces each. 

Charles-Édouard Jeanneret, better known as Le Corbusier. Image courtesy of Le Corbusier Foundation.
Charles-Édouard Jeanneret, better known as Le Corbusier. Image courtesy of Le Corbusier Foundation.

Born in the heart of Swiss watchmaking country in 1887, Charles-Édouard Jeanneret, better known as Le Corbusier, was a visionary architect who played a crucial role in shaping the modernist movement in the 20th century. His groundbreaking work influenced architecture, design, and urban planning. In the 1930s, he created a palette of 63 shades that he identified as “architectural, naturally harmonious, and able to be combined in any way.”  

The Rado True Square Thinline Les Couleurs Le Corbusier in three colourways for this season.
The Rado True Square Thinline Les Couleurs Le Corbusier in three colourways for this season.

Nearly 90 years later, designers – including Rado’s – continue to take inspiration from this palette of colours, which Les Couleurs Suisse SA has the exclusive responsibility, under the auspices of the Fondation Le Corbusier, to license the colours. The connection Rado shares with Le Corbusier, outside of his birthplace in Switzerland, is evident based on a shared passion for colour – he said, “Colour is an incredibly effective triggering tool. It is a factor of our existence.” Words the Lengnau-based watch brand certainly lives by, considering its willingness to experiment with colours not often seen in watchmaking.

The Rado True Square Thinline Les Couleurs Le Corbusier in eggshell and grey ceramic.
The Rado True Square Thinline Les Couleurs Le Corbusier in eggshell and grey ceramic.

While this is not the first time Rado has dipped its paintbrush into Le Corbusier’s box of colours, having launched a previous True Thinline collection in bright shades, this is undoubtedly the first time it combined colourful ceramic elements in a single watch. It is also the first time the Maison has fused two of its models into one, marrying the True Square’s signature square shape with the True Thinline’s slender dimensions. Size-wise, the new models occupy the sweet spot that transcends gender – a decent 37 x 43.3mm, with a thickness of just 5mm courtesy of its quartz movement.

The Rado True Square Thinline Les Couleurs Le Corbusier edition in grey and teal ceramic.
The Rado True Square Thinline Les Couleurs Le Corbusier edition in grey and teal ceramic.

Of the three options, the iron-grey version is the most outstanding. On display through its sapphire crystal is a matching sun-brushed dial with slightly greyed English green printed indexes and hands, along with the Rado logo. It has a bracelet with centre links in the same greyed green. With a grey-brown natural umber matt high-tech monobloc ceramic case, the second reference makes a calm but compelling colour statement. The matching sun-brushed dial perfectly complements the case, as does the bracelet with cream-white centre links. The third member of the collection is classic Rado, with an ivory-black case, tone-on-tone sun-brushed dial, and bracelet.

The caseback of the Rado True Square Thinline Les Couleurs Le Corbusier features its emblematic colour wheel.
The caseback of the Rado True Square Thinline Les Couleurs Le Corbusier features its emblematic colour wheel.

All three True Square Thinline Les Couleurs Le Corbusier collection references feature a PVD-coated titanium three-fold clasp. The sapphire crystal of the caseback is digitally printed with the Le Corbusier colour stripe and the words “Le Corbusier POLYCHROMIE ARCHITECTURALE” and “LIMITED EDITION ONE OF 999”. There is also a Collector’s Box for the diehards. Limited to 99 sets, it features a True Square Thinline Les Couleurs Le Corbusier in classic black alongside eight round Thinline Les Couleurs Le Corbusier models from the current collection.  

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