IT TAKES TWO (OR MORE)
Unlikely collaborations that result in fascinating creations.
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.