Surprisingly, as part of the mighty Swatch Group, we rarely hear from Rado in terms of hot new watch news, but at Baselworld 2012 they launched the Rado R-One Limited Edition, which, they earnestly claim, propels watch design well out of the orbit of tradition and convention.
Underneath all the usual press release hyperbole what we really have here is a rather funky and futuristic black as night watch powered by one of the smallest movements known to man. The watch design is said to be inspired by intergalactic travel.
The appearance of the finished chronograph is supposed to resemble a picture of the earth’s atmosphere taken from space. Three round chronograph sub dials are placed strategically around the dial like space age launch pads.
Each of the 300 pieces that make up the limited edition comes in its own wooden presentation box, mirroring the watch’s shape and protecting it like a time capsule.
With a combination of stretched rectangles and gentle curves the dial design focuses on a dynamic, user-friendly interaction of straight lines and space age circles.
Round counters in applied steel stand out against the sleek black high-tech ceramic, harmonising with futuristic blue luminous hands and a matching fine straight line linking 12 o’clock and 6 o’clock. Steel, ceramic-capped crown and steel pushers act as the chronograph’s operational ‘cockpit’.
The Rado R-One features a six-hand, Swiss-made 10 ½ ETA 2094, mechanical automatic chronograph movement, one of the smallest ever produced and incorporating a power reserve of 37 hours. A date window midway between three o’clock and four o’clock follows the circular path of the number markings.
The case is ultra scratch resistant high-tech ceramic with a domed sapphire crystal. The watch comes on a black rubber strap with a fine grey line to echo the visual theme. The strap ends in a titanium three-fold buckle with a high-tech ceramic black cover.
Automatic chronograph – Black high-tech ceramic
Limited edition – 300 pieces
10 ½ ETA 2094, mechanical movement, 33 jewels, 6 hands, 2 pushers, date at 4.30, 30-minute and 60 second counters, 12-hour counter, small second at 9 o‘clock, 37 hrs power reserve
Black high-tech ceramic dial with printed indexes, applied steel colour counters
Black high-tech ceramic case with blue luminous
Black titanium case back with sapphire crystal
Steel crown with black ceramic cap
Steel pushers with black ceramic cap
Dome-shaped sapphire crystal
Silver-coloured with blue luminous
Black rubber with grey line
Titanium 3-fold buckle with black high-tech ceramic cover
34.6 x 48.5 x 12.4 (WxLxH in mm)