Rado's story is fused with nearly three decades of innovation in high-tech ceramic. This challenging and rewarding material has been central to the brand's approach to watchmaking, with its smooth stylish surfaces that can be metallic or matt and crafted in an ever-expanding array of colours. Rado's watches are as much objects of art, glamour and craftsmanship as they are tellers of time.

HANDS-ON: The ladies Rado Golden Horse blue dial 35mm

Rado Golden Horse blue dial 35mm

These are strange times in the horological world … on the one hand, it honestly feels like a large portion of gents watches are regressing rather quickly into exceedingly vintage tendencies: aesthetically, dimensionally, mechanically — it just seems like there's been a complete about-face from the pursuit of the avant-garde. On the other hand, ladies watches have seemingly dodged the vintage vogue all together, and are instead carving a contemporary path forward that includes bright colours, big cases and better mechanical movements. This is evidenced rather perfectly with Rado's Golden Horse Ref.R33103203. It's a watch that's unequivocally made for the gentlewoman. However, unlike a ladies timepiece from a decade ago, which would've most likely been two-tone, champagne-dialled, quartz-powered and no more than 28mm, this Golden Horse features a complete stainless steel construction, large 35mm case, bright sunburst blue dial and a mechanical self-winding movement. In fact, the only thing that's antiquated about this feminine Golden Horse is its name — everything else about it is, for a ladies timepiece, very much from the new-school. The radially brushed, sunburst blue dial, for example, features modish contrasting hints of red, which can be found on the quintessential Rado logo, seconds hand and date wheel. Likewise,… Read More

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HANDS-ON: This Rado Golden Horse 1957 is one of the best watches of 2019

Rado Golden Horse 1957

2019 has spawned a literal plethora of new watches for all us timekeeping enthusiasts out there in the horological ether to enjoy. And while not all of them have been unmitigated successes *cough, cough*, the best watches of the year, in my opinion, have been the rather large assortment of reissue and homage pieces. Chief among these new reinterpretations of classic watches is Rado's Golden Horse collection. First released in 1957, the Golden Horse represented a convincing interpretation of a go-anywhere, do-anything wristwatch that adhered to the fundamentals that make up a ubiquitous timepiece. Reintroduced in early 2019, the new Golden Horse collection picks up where the original left off, and let me start by clearing something up from the get-go: there isn't a single bad model in the new Golden Horse Collection – they are all very impressive watches, especially when you consider the price point. But, personally, anecdotally, this limited edition 1957 is the best new Golden Horse. Sporting a highly polished 36.5mm stainless steel case that stays very true to the original watch's dimensions, this rarified timepiece is straight-up gorgeous. The concentrically patterned, shimmering glossy black dial is an utter joy, and the way it manages to… Read More

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VIDEO: Size isn't everything with the Rado Captain Cook Automatic

Rado Captain Cook Automatic ref. R32500315

Ever since its shock unveiling at Baselworld 2017, Rado's exciting range of Captain Cooks has represented a compelling proposition for anyone who's in the market for a solid, fit-for-purpose dive watch on a budget. However, most of the collection is on the larger size, measuring in at a fashionable and contemporary 42mm. Fans fond of the original Captain Cook, which was first unveiled in 1962, shouldn't fear however, because those who are after a smaller and more faithful reinterpretation of the Captain Cook need look no further than the limited edition ref. R32500315. Possessing the same exact dimensions as the first Captain Cook, the diminutive limited edition timepiece's stainless steel case measures a period-correct 37.3mm across. The vintage aesthetics don't stop there, though, as this watch also sports a gorgeous sunburst bronze dial that harkens back to the '60s aesthetic, as does the fauxtina-lumed hour indices and accompanying handset, which comes complete with an exacting oversized arrow head of the hour hand. The vintage-inspired case is capped with a highly domed sapphire crystal, which is treated with an anti-reflective coating, ensuring legibility no matter the conditions. As a result of the crystal sitting proud of the case itself, and contrasting… Read More

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HANDS-ON: The ladies Rado Golden Horse blue dial 35mm

Rado Golden Horse blue dial 35mm

These are strange times in the horological world … on the one hand, it honestly feels like a large portion of gents watches are regressing rather quickly into exceedingly vintage tendencies: aesthetically, dimensionally, mechanically — it just seems like there's been a complete about-face from the pursuit of the avant-garde. On the other hand, ladies watches have seemingly dodged the vintage vogue all together, and are instead carving a contemporary path forward that includes bright colours, big cases and better mechanical movements. This is evidenced rather perfectly with Rado's Golden Horse Ref.R33103203. It's a watch that's unequivocally made for the gentlewoman. However, unlike a ladies timepiece from a decade ago, which would've most likely been two-tone, champagne-dialled, quartz-powered and no more than 28mm, this Golden Horse features a complete stainless steel construction, large 35mm case, bright sunburst blue dial and a mechanical self-winding movement. In fact, the only thing that's antiquated about this feminine Golden Horse is its name — everything else about it is, for a ladies timepiece, very much from the new-school. The radially brushed, sunburst blue dial, for example, features modish contrasting hints of red, which can be found on the quintessential Rado logo, seconds hand and date wheel. Likewise,… Read More

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The 'Barty Party' hits Australia, and there are just 123 Rado watches available to celebrate

Barty

I'm fortunate to be able to say I've met a couple of world number one tennis players in my time. Ash Barty, current women's number one, is not like any of them. She has no star vibes as such. No X Factor. No celebrity aura. What she carries with herself, which comes across in person, is more powerful – and rarer – than that. It's total ease with herself. And a level of self-belief, to back herself in every word she says. It's borderline frightening. All answers are direct, honest, sincere. This one, for example. I'd asked, "Is Serena Williams intimidating to play against?" The response was instantaneous: "She is," and with this a squint and a nod. "The first time. But not the second." This answer frames exactly why the 23-year-old Australian is the best player in the world. She has a rock-solid self-belief. She has no doubt she is up where she belongs. The Number 1 seed for the Australian Open next month, who lists Alicia Molik, Kim Clijsters and Justine Henin as her heroes, has steel in her eyes. Friend of Time+Tide and tennis commentator Miguel Seabra describes her this way: "She's a great player. Or should… Read More

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INTRODUCING: The Rado HyperChrome Ashleigh Barty Limited Edition

Rado HyperChrome Ashleigh Barty Limited Edition

The latest young star to join the ranks of Rado is the Australian tennis player Ash Barty, who despite being only 23 has already reached the position of women's world No. 1. What is most exciting for us, and her fans around the world, is that she has collaborated with Rado to release a watch this year, bringing us the Rado HyperChrome Ashleigh Barty Limited Edition, a white-hot watch that matches perfectly with the uniform of Wimbledon, which was her first junior Grand Slam win. While we obviously love Ash Barty because she's an Aussie, we also love that she represents what an Australian sports person should be, with her humble nature and hardworking attitude. Ash's career has been one of meteoric rise, and of a multifaceted athlete very rarely seen today, as she reached a ranking of junior No. 2 in the world at the age of 15 in 2011. It was only three years later that she decided to take an indefinite break from the sport, shocking the tennis world and the Australian sporting community. Reaching such heights at such an early age can often see young athletes taking a break from their sport, or retiring, thanks to… Read More

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Which Rado Captain Cook Automatic is right for you?

Rado Captain Cook Automatic

Rado's Captain Cook Automatic dive watch collection is downright impressive for anyone in the market for a fit-for-purpose dive watch on a budget. What's more, it's got a great amount of heritage — Rado has actually used the Captain Cook moniker since 1962. But these modern iterations aren't resting on the laurels of their forefathers, they're packing an aesthetic and technical blow that is hard to beat in the price bracket. For example, all of the watches feature glossy, vibrant dials that do a wonderful job of catching the light, offering wearers a charismatic, almost multifaceted personality. And the inwardly concave bezels, which adorn the svelte 42mm stainless steel cases, are capped with ceramic inserts, ensuring a superior level of scratch and fade resistance. Housed inside the svelte cases, which measure just 12.1mm thick, you'll find another boon of the Captain Cook — its movement. All of the Rado Captain Cooks are powered by ETA's monolithic C07 self-winding movement, which offers a staggering 80 hours of power reserve and a robustness and reliability that is only to be expected of a movement manufacturer like ETA. These timepieces are also more than capable of hanging with some much more expensive dive watches when… Read More

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