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.

EDITOR’S PICK: The Rado HyperChrome Ashleigh Barty Limited Edition is fit for a champion

Rado HyperChrome Ashleigh Barty Limited Edition

Editor’s note:  Ash Barty achieved a childhood dream at the weekend with a thrilling three set win against Karolina Pliskova in the Wimbledon final. The Aussie tennis player triumphed 6-3, 6-7 (4-7), 6-3 in just under two hours to become the first Australian to win Wimbledon since Lleyton Hewitt in 2002 and the first Aussie woman to win the game’s oldest grand slam since Evonne Goolagong Cawley in 1980.  Ever alert to her ambassadorial duties, Ash quickly buckled on her Rado True White before lifting the Wimbledon trophy. But today we wanted to revisit another watch in her collection, The Rado HyperChrome Ashleigh Barty Limited Edition that was released in 2019. Ash Barty has collaborated with Rado to release a watch, 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… Read More

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The Rado Captain Cook High-Tech Ceramic takes a bold leap into the future

Rado Captain Cook High-Tech Ceramic collection

In 2017, Rado decided to bring back their 1960s classic, the Captain Cook diver. Sparking positive reactions from the watch media, while making a strong connection with many a vintage watch lover’s heart, it became an instant success. Subsequently, Rado has refused to rest on their laurels by continuously evolving the line. We have seen more sizes introduced, the addition of a contemporary bracelet and a bevy of fresh new colours. But this year, the brand has taken its “Master of Materials” moniker to heart with the release of the Captain Cook High-Tech Ceramic to show the design in a whole new light. In the process, Rado has returned to its signature material, taking full advantage of the scratch-resistant and hypoallergenic properties of high-tech ceramic. The Case The Captain Cook High Tech Ceramic sub-collection has two distinct cases. Three of the four references (R32127152, R32127156, R32127162) are predominantly black ceramic matte while the remaining reference (R32128202) is a predominantly grey ceramic matte. In hand, you quickly realise how Rado makes perfect use of contrast between these matte finishes and the polished surfaces on the watch. More specifically, the polished surfaces outline the most significant parts of the watch; the hands,… Read More

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The tastiest red dials of 2021 from cherry delight to a bracing Negroni…

tastiest red dials

It’s summer in the Western hemisphere, so it’s time to get out those bright wrist colours and escape the tedium of monochrome. And if you’re languishing in the Aussie winter, well, this year’s tastiest red dials are a mere wrist roll away from perking up your day. Strangely, half of the watches in this story turn out to be collaborative efforts between watch media and brands, showing how these hook-ups can often result in more imaginative and, in this case, red-faced creations. Fratello x Oris Big Crown Bronze Pointer Date  With its oxblood red dial and bronze case, there is a different twist to this red dial Oris Big Crown. Instead of bold flash of colour, it imbues the classic Oris with a feeling of opulence like an embroidered cape worn by a knight over his armour. The classicism of the Big Crown Pointer Date, a design that has been a part of the Oris stable since the 1930s is only underlined, and if anything, made more regal by the bordeaux infusion. White numerals pop on the rich silk of the dial, while the golden minute track matches the warmth of the bronze case and detailed coin edge bezel. The… Read More

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EDITOR’S PICK: The Rado HyperChrome Ashleigh Barty Limited Edition is fit for a champion

Rado HyperChrome Ashleigh Barty Limited Edition

Editor’s note:  Ash Barty achieved a childhood dream at the weekend with a thrilling three set win against Karolina Pliskova in the Wimbledon final. The Aussie tennis player triumphed 6-3, 6-7 (4-7), 6-3 in just under two hours to become the first Australian to win Wimbledon since Lleyton Hewitt in 2002 and the first Aussie woman to win the game’s oldest grand slam since Evonne Goolagong Cawley in 1980.  Ever alert to her ambassadorial duties, Ash quickly buckled on her Rado True White before lifting the Wimbledon trophy. But today we wanted to revisit another watch in her collection, The Rado HyperChrome Ashleigh Barty Limited Edition that was released in 2019. Ash Barty has collaborated with Rado to release a watch, 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… Read More

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EVENT: Rado hosts the first brand sponsored meetup in NYC since COVID

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The best way to describe 2020 is that it was a black hole. Obviously there were far more serious casualties and situations, but the watch community sorely missed being able to get together and share our love for watches. Fortunately, the rising social media platform Clubhouse filled the void, but as we like to say in the hobby: there is nothing like getting together in the metal. But things are looking up here in the USA and, as a result, we have been able to finally engage with each other once again in person and not on Zoom or Skype, or any of the other video platforms that we are all sick to death of. That is why grins, laughs, drinks and, of course, watches were abundant last night’s event at a rooftop bar in Times Square, NYC where the master of materials, Rado, hosted the first in-person watch gathering (in NYC) since the pandemic. Organised by Robert Velasquez (a.k.a SpanishRob), Fiorella Rosales (Rado PR & Events Specialist), and Juan Lopez Davies (President of Rado USA & Caribbean), the Rado team allowed all of us to get in real close with a host of Captain Cook references in bronze, stainless… Read More

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Watch vs Wild – Epic photo essay of the Rado Captain Cook High-Tech Ceramic on the wrist in rugged Tasmania

There was a moment during the all-action Tasmanian launch of the Rado Captain Cook in high-tech ceramic that neatly summed up how this launch was different to others. It was an awkward one if I’m completely honest. Because after diving into the six-degree temperature water of a lake at Derby, in the north east of the Australian island state of Tasmania, where we lay our scene, we all climbed out and retreated to the scorching heat of a wood-fired floating sauna. (Stay with me, I know this is all a bit much for what is essentially still a watch review).  Once inside, I looked down at the watch I had been lent. It was the very same model I wore in the video first introducing the new collection; in grey matte ceramic with a blue ceramic bezel on ceramic bracelet. There was a dreaded discovery. The sapphire-crystal glass was fogged with condensation. Oddly though, despite the suffocating dry heat that gave all of us a sharp intake of break upon heaving open the heavy wooden door, the case and bracelet remained cool on the wrist – with ceramic resistant to heat, one of the many reasons it’s so comfortable on… Read More

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HANDS-ON: The Rado Captain Cook High-Tech Ceramic collection looks to the future, not the past

Rado Captain Cook High-Tech Ceramic

A watch doesn’t become a classic if designers keep radically altering the way that it looks. A classic design needs consistency and slow, gradual tweaks if it’s to make its mark in the history books. Rome wasn’t built in a day and neither was the Rado Captain Cook. But even a classic design can do with a bold intervention every now and then, just to see where the limits of its original intention can be pushed. When it was first relaunched in 2017, the Captain Cook was a head-turning watch in the halls of Baselworld as Rado took a brief pause from their constant pursuit of the future to acknowledge the depth of their own archives. The variations on this piece have proved highly successful for Rado with a number of different case sizes, dial colours and bracelet types to offer something for everyone. But none have been quite as bold as that first 37mm release, until this year… In 2021, Rado have taken the Captain Cook into a totally new place, fusing their past and their present in a watch that takes a classic dive watch design and executes it in the material Rado is so well known for… Read More

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