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.

4 bronze watches you may have missed from $700 to $7000, including Zelos, Bell & Ross and Montblanc

The use of bronze as a case material in watchmaking has surpassed trend to establish itself as a mainstay. Certain bronzed, beautiful models have achieved legend status, such as the Panerai Bronzo, the OG of modern bronze watches, but just as many go undiscovered and unheralded – we compiled a quartet of very different offerings, from big and square, to a very cool indie execution from an Asian-based brand, to the extremely odd pairing of bronze with ceramic. All watches are taken from our recent Buying Guide, which you can access free, and in full, here. Zelos Mako 500 Singapore-based Zelos Watches are a prime example of why microbrands matter, by using unusual materials like carbon fibre, meteorite and, in this case, bronze. The brand offers great quality at a more than reasonable price. That's evident here, with a wavy radial patterned dial that adds visual depth and reminds you that this diver is good for 500 metres. Case size 40mm Case material CuSn8 Bronze Movement SW200 Price $799 USD Bell & Ross BR 03-92 Diver Bronze In 2017, Bell & Ross caused a splash and introduced their first ever square cased dive watch. This year they've done it again,… Read More

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INTRODUCING: Rado's hit Captain Cook Automatic now comes in champagne

We had a hint of it a little while ago when Justin previewed the larger Captain Cook models, but now it's official. The fan favourite Rado Captain Cook Automatic in 37mm is now offered in a limited edition champagne (or to give its official, but less romantic, name — brown sunbrushed) dial.  Dial aside, the details are unchanged: polished steel case, ceramic bezel insert in black, boxed sapphire crystal and automatic movement with 80 hours of juice. But this time around, there is a quite cool new addition, in the form of a handy leather travel case that includes space for the watch, and the two extra straps that come with it as standard. So, there's the suede-like leather, a Milanese mesh with straight end pieces for that authentic diver vibe, as well as a stylish fabric strap. And, of course, a tool to change them.  So, for a little watch, this Captain Cook sure packs a punch. It's limited to 1962 pieces.   Rado's Captain Cook Automatic limited edition Australian pricing   Rado Captain Cook Automatic, with brown sunbrushed dial, $2900

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VIDEO: New Traditions – taking a look at the Rado Tradition 1965

There's few things I like more in watchland than being surprised. Sadly, it doesn't happen too often. But when it does, it's always memorable. And being in Rado's booth at Basel last year was one of those moments. I had seen the large Tradition 1965 on display and dismissed it without a thought. Who needs a plus-sized rectangular watch, I thought to myself.  Turns out, me. When I put this watch on I was blown away at how comfortable it was (it wears very well for the shape, and the titanium case keeps the weight down), and the shape of the case was sophisticated and chic. On top of that, the dial was a masterclass in shimmering texture and stylised applied numerals. I learned that it was inspired by the Manhattan skyline and, boy, did it look the part. Later, I got to see the smaller version, and while it's not made with my wrist in mind, it obviously shares many of the same charms as its bigger brother. Rado Tradition 1965 Australian pricing and availability Rado Tradition XL, $3175, Rado Tradition M, $2625, both limited to 1965 pieces.

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4 bronze watches you may have missed from $700 to $7000, including Zelos, Bell & Ross and Montblanc

The use of bronze as a case material in watchmaking has surpassed trend to establish itself as a mainstay. Certain bronzed, beautiful models have achieved legend status, such as the Panerai Bronzo, the OG of modern bronze watches, but just as many go undiscovered and unheralded – we compiled a quartet of very different offerings, from big and square, to a very cool indie execution from an Asian-based brand, to the extremely odd pairing of bronze with ceramic. All watches are taken from our recent Buying Guide, which you can access free, and in full, here. Zelos Mako 500 Singapore-based Zelos Watches are a prime example of why microbrands matter, by using unusual materials like carbon fibre, meteorite and, in this case, bronze. The brand offers great quality at a more than reasonable price. That's evident here, with a wavy radial patterned dial that adds visual depth and reminds you that this diver is good for 500 metres. Case size 40mm Case material CuSn8 Bronze Movement SW200 Price $799 USD Bell & Ross BR 03-92 Diver Bronze In 2017, Bell & Ross caused a splash and introduced their first ever square cased dive watch. This year they've done it again,… Read More

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VIDEO: Game, set, match…point. A closer look at Rado's HyperChrome Match Point

Sports tie-in watches play a — if you'll pardon the pun — dangerous game. On the one hand there's a lot of gloss (and potential sales) to be earned from the association with an event that's under the spotlight. The downside, though, is you might end up with a watch that looks more like a souvenir than a fine piece of precision engineering. This Rado HyperChrome Match Point walks this line just fine. To most casual — and even closer — viewers, it's a regular Rado chronograph, complete with the high-tech ceramic case and bracelet so synonomous with Rado, as well as a particularly handsome brushed blue dial and some nice raised, applied Arabic numerals. But look very closely and you'll notice the subtlest tennis detail on the dial — that outer track is marked with a scale specifically calibrated for the time between points in ATP and Grand Slam games. Now, if that's not a detail for the real fans, I don't know what is. Rado HyperChrome Match Point Australian pricing and availability Rado HyperChrome Match Point, limited to 999 pieces, $6475

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VIDEO: Rado's off-centre DiaMaster proves that life isn't always balanced

If you're looking for a watch that's a little left-of-centre style-wise, look no further. Rado's idiosyncratic DiaMaster takes many of the conventions of fine watchmaking and turns them, if not on their heads, at least a little bit sideways. And the resulting watch is, it must be said, quite charming. Of course, there are still some familiar Rado hallmarks on display, like the high-tech ceramic case. There's also an ever-reliable automatic movement that isn't content to be relegated to the caseback, instead taking centre stage on the dial side — to great effect. The case is hefty, at 43mm, and rated to 100 metres, which is a nice touch. There are four different variations on the theme, but we were most taken by this black-on-black option.  Rado DiaMaster XL Automatic Australian pricing Rado DiaMaster XL Automatic, black ceramic case, $3850

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HANDS-ON: The brand new Rado Captain Cook 42mm satiates the Goldilocks Syndrome sufferers out there

Constantly feeling like the Captain Cook offerings were either too big or too small? Problem solved. If you think about it objectively, watch collectors may be the most widespread sufferers of Goldilocks Syndrome out there. While many, regardless of interest, are picky about certain aspects of their life — what foods they eat, what colours they wear, how warm or tidy they keep their home, etc — but let's face it, we fuss over millimetres on a disturbingly frequent basis. "I won't wear anything over 40mm in diameter" or "When they changed the case size from 42mm to 43mm it completely ruined that watch" are things we've either heard or said on more than one occasion, and they were said with the utmost sincerity. Now don't get me wrong, I'm just as fussy as anyone when it comes to this matter, as was proven this past Thursday night when Rado decided to present the global first look at the Rado Captain Cook 42mm diver in Toronto. When the Captain Cook models first launched in 2017, they stuck two polarised ends of the spectrum — a 37mm model that was true to the original case size (in steel), and a beastly… Read More

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