IT TAKES TWO (OR MORE)

Un­likely col­lab­o­ra­tions that re­sult in fas­ci­nat­ing cre­ations.

The Peak Selections: Timepieces - - Contents -

RADO X IN­DUS­TRIAL DE­SIGN­ERS

Hav­ing last part­nered well­known in­dus­trial designer Kon­stantin Grcic to up­date its rec­tan­gu­lar Ceram­ica watches, Rado now turns to a trio of de­sign­ers to put a fresh spin on its round True time­pieces.

First up, we have the Rado True Phos­pho by Swiss de­sign stu­dio Big-Game, which of­fers a mod­ern twist on skele­tonised watches. The black brass dial is per­fo­rated to al­low a peek into the au­to­matic move­ment, and it gets its name from the Su­per­lu­mi­nova-coated in­dexes, sec­onds hand and tips of the hour and minute hands.

The True Blaze comes from the mind of US-based model-turned-fur­ni­ture designer-ex­traor­di­naire Sam Amoia. The 40mm case is made of plasma high-tech ce­ramic, which gives the ma­te­rial its shine. The dial is an ex­plo­sion of glit­ter, which is achieved by hav­ing metal­lic sliv­ers repli­cate the crys­talline struc­ture of di­a­mond pow­der, via a gal­vanic process. The glam­orous look is fin­ished with yel­low gold hands and in­dexes.

Ar­guably the sporti­est of the lot is the True Stra­tum, de­signed by Rainer Mutsch from Aus­tria. Mutsch gave this watch an un­usual con­cave dial with the use of asym­met­ri­cally ar­ranged descend­ing steps. In­creas­ing this three-di­men­sion­al­ity is a per­fectly cen­tred black dot ap­plied to the un­der­side of the sap­phire crys­tal that casts a small shadow over the dial. A yel­low cen­tral sec­onds hand adds a pop of colour to this black beauty.

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