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.

The dial on on this Rado is absolutely crazy …

Rado Bethan Grey

Rado are well known for their collaborations with important designers from around the world. Famous names who have designed watches for Rado include English product designer Jasper Morrison, Taiwanese graphic designer Leslie Chan, and more recently the renowned Welsh furniture designer Bethan Gray. The Rado True Thinline Studs Limited Edition is a meeting of Rado's expertise in high-tech ceramic as a case material, and Bethan's interest in traditional craft, and how she can tell that story through design. I was fortunate enough to sit down with Bethan to discuss the drivers of her design process and what it was like designing a watch with Rado. If you haven't come across Bethan's work before, it is informed by her interests as a passionate traveller and storyteller and her fascination with traditional craft techniques from around the world. She was born in Wales to a Welsh mother and a Scottish father, but her ancestors hail from much further afield, descending from a nomadic Rajasthani clan that migrated across the Middle East. This desire to explore the world has taken Bethan everywhere from China to Oman, two locations that heavily influenced the final design of her project with Rado. One of her favourite techniques… Read More

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4 of the most surprising Rado watches of 2019

Rado watches 2019

2019 was the year that Rado solidified their intent to deliver watches that not only pleased a loyal fanbase but surprised and captured the imagination of watch enthusiasts new to the brand. Everything from classically proportioned dress watches, to handsome and rugged tool watches and even bold reissues were released by the Swiss marque, to a great deal of fanfare. We've picked out the four watches that surprised and delighted us most in 2019 … here they are: RADO GOLDEN HORSE AUTOMATIC With clear design inspiration from the middle of last century, this Rado speaks to a time when a well-made watch was a daily necessity. The blue sunburst dial gives off an eye-catching shimmer that remains easy to read, with red accents. The slightly scored bezel and beads-of-rice bracelet offer other visual points of interest that make this a genuinely compelling consideration for an everyday watch. Ref No: R33101203/01.763.6101.3.220 / Case size: 41.8mm / Case material: Steel / Movement: Automatic / Price: $2750 RADO TRADITION GOLDEN HORSE 1957 LIMITED EDITION The Rado Tradition Golden Horse 1957 Limited Edition, limited to 1,957 pieces, comes in an era-appropriate case size of 36.5mm and underlines the designers' wishes to truly honour the… Read More

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The Rado HyperChrome Ashleigh Barty Limited Edition is a game changer

Editor's note: Hot on the heels of her imperious victory at the Adelaide Open, 2020's Young Australian of the Year, Ash Barty, is continuing to carve her name into the annals of tennis legend, trouncing all of her competitors so far at the Australian Open with a spellbinding blend of grace and dogged determination. Barty is nothing short of a national treasure and an exemplar for how all athletes should go about their business, especially her fellow Aussie tennis players. Swiss watchmaker Rado recognises Barty's greatness, and has been a long-term supporter of the tennis ace. The marque even created a limited edition watch in Barty's honour to celebrate her meteoric rise to the rank of World No. 1. That watch is the Rado HyperChrome Ashleigh Barty Limited Edition, and in a very noble act of generosity, Rado has donated one of these limited edition timepieces, of which only 123 will ever exist, to Time+Tide's "Watch & Act!" World Watch Auction in aid of the Australian wildfire crisis, and you can bid on that watch by clicking this link.  The latest young star to join the ranks of Rado is the Australian tennis player Ash Barty, who despite being only… Read More

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The dial on on this Rado is absolutely crazy …

Rado Bethan Grey

Rado are well known for their collaborations with important designers from around the world. Famous names who have designed watches for Rado include English product designer Jasper Morrison, Taiwanese graphic designer Leslie Chan, and more recently the renowned Welsh furniture designer Bethan Gray. The Rado True Thinline Studs Limited Edition is a meeting of Rado's expertise in high-tech ceramic as a case material, and Bethan's interest in traditional craft, and how she can tell that story through design. I was fortunate enough to sit down with Bethan to discuss the drivers of her design process and what it was like designing a watch with Rado. If you haven't come across Bethan's work before, it is informed by her interests as a passionate traveller and storyteller and her fascination with traditional craft techniques from around the world. She was born in Wales to a Welsh mother and a Scottish father, but her ancestors hail from much further afield, descending from a nomadic Rajasthani clan that migrated across the Middle East. This desire to explore the world has taken Bethan everywhere from China to Oman, two locations that heavily influenced the final design of her project with Rado. One of her favourite techniques… 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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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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