True Open Heart and other 2016 models by Rado
Rado True Open Heart
Baselworld is still a few weeks away, and there are still many timepieces to be announced, but I can already tell you that the Rado True Open Heart caught my eyes and I can’t get it out of my head… Part of the Rado True collection of modern, streamlined timepieces, the True Open Heart comes under two incarnations, limited to 500 pieces each, one is matt black while the other is polished white high-tech ceramic.
The most mesmerizing part is the mother-of-pearl dial, cut to razor thin 0.2 mm, it is slightly transparent exposing the nicely worked movement in a subtle way. The mother-of-pearl layer is fixed on a 0.4 mm brass “cut out”, resulting in 0.6 mm thin dial. It’s not that “in your face” open heart, or skeleton dial, it is way more sophisticated as the color of the mother-of-pearl is changing depending on the lighting condition and angle of view.
Depending on the colour of the watch, the black model comes with black mother-of-pearl dial coupled with black applied indexes and hands, while the white model is made with white mother-of-pearl, white indexes and hands.
The 40 mm monobloc case and its modern design render the True Open Heart appealing to both sexes. The high-tech ceramic used for the case and the bracelet will guaranty a superior comfort and durability — while high-tech ceramic is the lightest materials used in luxury watchmaking, it is nearly five times harder than steel.
Under the mother-of-pearl dial, we have the 25 jewels ETA C07.631 automatic calibre, offering 80 hours of power reserve.
If someone high-up at Rado will read this article, please make sure to register the True Open Heart for GPHG. Thank you!
Black True Open Heart: Ref. 01.734.0101.3.090, $ 2,600 CAD
White True Open Heart: Ref. 01.734.0106.3.090, $ 2,500 CAD
Rado True Thinline Skeleton
In the True Thinline Skeleton, Rado is presenting another limited edition model — only 99 pieces — it is also a great example of avant-garde design. The watch is only 7.8 mm thin with a diameter of 40 mm. Of course, the case and the bracelet are made from high-tech ceramic. It is only on the see-through back that we will find PVD coated titanium.
It is powered by the 21 jewel, black PVD coated ETA 2892-S2, offering 42 hours of power reserve.
True Thinline Limited Skeleton: Ref. 01.656.0971.3.015, $5,800 CAD
Rado Centrix Open Heart
Last year Rado introduced several Centrix Open Heart models for gentlemen (see our hands-on review of the chocolate brown Rado Centrix Automatic Open Heart here), and this year they are expanding the collection with several ladies models. Rose gold coated stainless steel, brown ceramic, mother-of-pearl, and diamonds come together to feminine frame for the pulsating open heart of the ETA C07.631 automatic movement.
For guys, Rado will present two new versions keeping the brown theme, but banishing the gold coating in favour of the more honest stainless steel.
Canadian suggested retail price will start at $2,050, up to $2,710 CAD.
Rado DiaMaster Grande Seconde
The DiaMaster Grande Seconde was introduced in 2015, (for the hands-on review, click here), and for Baselworld 2016, the collection is extended with three new models. Two of the models feature an intricate Clou de Paris pattern on the white surface framing the subdials: the grey leather strap version with blue and silver-coloured detailing, or the chocolate brown strap version with rose gold-coloured hands and applied indexes. The third model continues the chocolate theme, with its chocolate brown strap accompanied by a deep brown dial and contrasting rose gold-coloured detailing. They will retail for $3,470 CAD.
It looks like 2016 will be another great year for Rado, I can’t wait to have a closer look at these models. In the meantime, keep an eye on the newly redesigned www.rado.com.