Rado D-Star Basel Special 2011 Watch

Rado D-Star Basel Special 2011 Watch

Rado D Star Basel Special 2011 Watch   watch releases

Things are getting a bit weird when brands start making limited edition timepieces for Baselworld. That would be like auto makers producing special cars to debut at auto shows, that are done in honor of those auto shows. It starts to turn into a cyclical argument. This piece is the new Rado D-Star. In addition to be being a "Basel Special" piece, it is also done in honor of the classic Rado Diastar.

"Diastar" has been hipped down to "D-Star," which is supposed to make the collection sound more cool. The slightly oval, oblong case is much like the original, but the sporty dial and subtle nature of the watch are a modern treat. In fact, this is probably an easy watch to brush off at first glance as being nothing special. Wear it on the wrist for a while and a design like this will quickly grow on you. The case is in black ceramic... in pure Rado style. Here done in a matte finish. The case is 42mm wide and water resistant to 100 meters.

Rado D Star Basel Special 2011 Watch   watch releases

On the dial you have a simple, elegant design with a minimalists chronograph layout and nice applied hour markers. The polish on the hour markers and hands helps contrast nicely with the more flat tones of the case. This is a watch that revels in the dial and has a case that is there for shape and comfort alone. Features like a tachymeter scale and red chronograph seconds hand are there to give the watch a sportier feel - and they more or less succeed in that.

Rado D Star Basel Special 2011 Watch   watch releases

The watch is attached to a rubber strap with fold-over deployment clasp done in titanium. Overall, a rather nice piece if you let it grow on you. The Rado D-Star Basel Special 2011 will be part of a limited edition, but I am not sure of how many pieces. Available in October 2011, price will be $3,495.

5 comments
Ben @ ukwatchstrap.co.uk
Ben @ ukwatchstrap.co.uk

Looks like the basic Traser H3 P5900 to me, which costs around $125. And CA's comment that it is limited to 1111 - isn't this too big a number so really make it limited edition? Anthing over 200 isn't really limited is it?

CA
CA

What is not mentioned here is that ths execution is limited to 1,111 pieces. And the case is made of high-tech ceramic.

John
John

Great dial but $3K for a watch with a rubber band?????

BIG CHRONO
BIG CHRONO

I keep grousing about needless & overused tachy scales, which are completely ignored by reality. Not original, but more practical ones are telemeters, pulseometers, E6B/CD, &
even cities of the world time zones.

Ulysses
Ulysses

A nice clear and uncluttered dial; something you don't see all that often any more. The sub-dials are in proportion for once. There are so many watches that make it painfully obvious that a standard movement was glued into an oversized case because the sub-dials tend to be bunched towards the middle (T.W. Steel for example, or Invicta who add to the horror by allowing you to observe the soulless quartz movement through transparent sub-dial windows). That, or they are so small that they are difficult to read. If I wanted to be fussy, i'd prefer stick markers to these tapered ones, and hands that came to a point rather than being cut-off; they seem a little too sporty and less elegant than the rest of the watch.

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