The Peak (Malaysia) - - Art & Design -

While bronze was ex­tremely pop­u­lar in watch­mak­ing a few years back, Rado re­minds us ex­actly why this al­loy shouldn’t be for­got­ten. Mar­ry­ing the world’s old­est al­loy to its ac­claimed ce­ramic, the Leng­nau watch­maker has cre­ated an un­de­ni­ably dashing HyperChrome Au­to­matic Chrono­graph Limited Edi­tion. Af­fec­tion­ately termed HyperChrome Bronze (for ob­vi­ous rea­sons), the 45mm case is crafted from a monobloc matt black high-tech ce­ramic with bronze crown, push­ers and side in­serts. Con­sid­er­ing that Rado’s ce­ramic is known to stay as fresh as the day it was made and bronze’s char­ac­ter­is­tic patina that de­vel­ops over time, it will be in­ter­est­ing to see how the HyperChrome Bronze ages with the con­trast of old and new on one watch. Another com­pelling vis­ual high­light on the chrono­graph is the rose gold coloured hands and in­dices against the ebony black dial with lin­ear brushed fin­ish. These al­lur­ing hands are kept mov­ing across the dial for 42 hours by a Cal­i­bre ETA 2894-2 au­to­matic chrono­graph move­ment. While the dec­o­rated move­ment is kept hid­den in­side the bi-ma­te­rial case, turn­ing the watch over will re­veal an en­grav­ing of ‘LIMITED EDI­TION ONE OUT OF 999’ that de­notes the chrono­graph watch’s re­stricted pro­duc­tion.

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