Watch Of The Day: Rado HyperChrome 1616Written by Joshua Yap
Your one-minute primer to the Rado HyperChrome 1616.
Inspired by the Cape Horn collection from the late-1960s, the HyperChrome 1616 looks old-school cool. A rounded boxy case frames its blue dial with heavy-set hands and indexes, as the watch’s nostalgic vibes are augmented by a brown vintage leather strap. However, its 46mm x 45.5mm dimensions reveal that it’s a modern creation. Crafted in hardened grade 5 titanium that scores 1,000 on the Vickers hardness scale (five times more than steel), one can be sure that it could take more than a licking. Limited to 1,616 pieces, it is equipped with an automatic movement boasting an 80-hour power reserve.
Though he wasn’t inducted into the world of watch journalism by choice, Joshua was hooked by mechanical horological wonders in no time. Although he personally favours modestly sized, no-nonsense timepieces, he sometimes misses the outrageous mind-bogglers of the pre-Credit Crunch years. As he dreams of owning a modern haute horlogerie watch one day, he’s currently content scouring the Internet for vintage value buys.