Rado HyperChrome Automatic Watches

Rado HyperChrome Automatic Watches

Rado HyperChrome Automatic Watches   watch releases

"HyperChrome" sounds like a pretty cool name if you ask me. That could be the name a neat video game or anime TV show. But no, for 2012 the HyperChrome is going to be a new collection of watches from Rado. In this article I am debuting two of the new HyperChrome watches, but according to Rado there will be about 27 varieties this year alone!

The HyperChrome asserts Rado's key strength as a producer of quality ceramic watches. Available in black and white ceramic variants, Rado uses some sophisticated technology to make nicely formed ceramic parts. The case for example is a monocoque (single) piece, with hardened steel sidings. Hardness rating for them is 1,250 Vickers. It comes in a few styles and sizes for both men and women.

Rado HyperChrome Automatic Watches   watch releases

Rado HyperChrome Automatic Watches   watch releases

Rado has learned over the last few years that many of its key designs (many thematically unchanged since the 1980s) are a bit too distinct for the modern mass market. I think that a lot of their core pieces will stick around, but they are really working on spicing up the collection with more mainstream designs. Rado was the first brand to really make something of the ceramic watch, but it took Chanel to highly popularize the material. Learning a few lessons from Chanel as well as other brands, Rado is pushing forward to become a major brand internationally once again.

The men's piece here is in black ceramic with steel pushers (set with ceramic pieces in them). The crown is rubber coated. The case is 45mm wide and sporty in an elegant manner. The design reminds me a bit of some of the more recent Movado pieces. The piece is called the Rado HyperChrome Automatic Chronograph XXL (I assume there will be smaller ones as well with a name like that). The case and bracelet look great and the dial is very traditional with modern minimalist elements.

Rado HyperChrome Automatic Watches   watch releases

Rado HyperChrome Automatic Watches   watch releases

An interesting design note that Rado mentions is that the Rado anchor logo placed under 12 o'clock actually moves. I assume it spins around like a tiny rotor if I understand their language correctly. If that is true then I think it will be fun and unique element to the collection. The cases are really quite nice and I enjoy what Rado is doing mixing metal and ceramic parts. The side of the HyperChrome Automatic Chronograph XXL is just very neat looking. Crystals are of course sapphire, and the cases are water resistant to 100 meters.

Both the three-hand and chronograph variants share the same type of dial theme. Mid 20th century era hands and hour markers that you'd find in Rado pieces from the past. They translate well into classy sport watch styles in watches today. For women Rado has use previewing for you a white and PVD rose gold women's model of the HyperChrome. The attractive looking piece is 36mm wide and feels like a good mix of white and gold colors. I am very curious about the rest of the HyperChrome collection.

Rado HyperChrome Automatic Watches   watch releases

This HyperChrome Chronograph comes with a Swiss ETA 2894-2 automatic chronograph movement while the HyperChrome Automatic contains an ETA 2681 automatic movement. While I don't know too much about the rest of the watches I do know that there will be additional case size options. All will be in either black or white ceramic, and there will be automatic and quartz movement options available. There will also be models of the HyperChrome with diamond decoration. The bracelets further look appealing - and according to Rado they have titanium deployment clasps.

Overall it seems like Rado is starting off 2012 properly with their new D-Star 200 Dive watch and the HyperChrome. Two product families with universal appeal and good use of the brand strengths and history.

26 comments
CreationWatches
CreationWatches

Black watch looking sporty.I am very much impressed with its design.

CG
CG

I have to agree with Ariel "Overall it seems like Rado is starting off 2012 properly with their new D-Star 200 Dive watch and the HyperChrome. Two product families with universal appeal and good use of the brand strengths and history." I don't see a Miata in my future unless a west coast tuner builds it for me but I do see one of these... Reliability wise my Rado diver has never failed, even with the most extreme dive abuse, so I'm a believer. not saying that Rado can't do wrong, but these new lines are certainly a refreshing resign of earlier concepts.

CG
CG

"Overall it seems like Rado is starting off 2012 properly with their new D-Star 200 Dive watch and the HyperChrome. Two product families with universal appeal and good use of the brand strengths and history".... Totally agree and I don't see a Miata in my future unless a west coast tuner builds one for me... But I do see one of these D-Stars and HC's.

JohnnyJohnnyJohnny
JohnnyJohnnyJohnny

People who wear RADO's are the same people who drive Miatas. You just look at them and say, "Ugh".

admin
admin

Oh that is cool. I didn't realize that it was something they did before.

HugoDaConceicao
HugoDaConceicao

About the rotating Rado logo, if you look that the first Rado models, before the ceramic, you can see that the rotating logo was a distinctive feature of them. Nice watch.

Ulysses31
Ulysses31

These looks very stylish. I like them all but especially the chronograph. The over-lapping sub-dials kill it for me though. Still, it's a shiny toy that will gain admiring glances. I do wonder if anyone in the Swiss watch industry actually tries using these designs, or maybe they are all hell-bent on making impractical jewellery. Why bother with a movement, pushers or hands? With a barely noticeable re-design that chrono could be a real winner.

JohnnyJohnnyJohnny
JohnnyJohnnyJohnny

@CG you're in luck; I think they actually include a Miata with every purchase. Limit one per customer.

nateb123
nateb123

@JohnnyJohnnyJohnny Generally I agree. Shiny gold diastars and diamond-laden black ceramic watches (that are just a little too small and too femme) on dudes surely go well with miatas. These new pieces are changing my mind though. Some matte ceramic components would seal the deal though.

rdoder
rdoder

@admin I saw the Rado Hyperchrome watch in-store.  When you turn the crown to wind the watch, the anchor symbol on the dial turns.  Quite neat and unique!

hashang
hashang

 @HugoDaConceicao I thought it was continued in all the Rado watches ever since. I guess I'm wrong. My good old DiaStar has a rotating anchor.

nateb123
nateb123

@Ulysses31 Someone always finds something to whine about. Overlapping subdials now. Oh god! Has it been 2 hours and 12 minutes or 2 hours and 13 minutes!?! Life is dependent this level of precision!

The only reason you're complaining is because you think you could do better, which is bullshit. Especially in this case because your design suggestion would screw it up. The designers clearly understood that if they didn't create larger subdials, it would have a much too stark dial and the proportions would be all wrong.

rdoder
rdoder

I looked at Rado's anchor symbol again today, and actually it's not connected to the rotor.  The anchor faces down to the ground when the watch is shook.  Sorry about the misinformation before.

Ulysses31
Ulysses31

@nateb123 If we're going to start flinging insults, let's point out the obvious reason why you're full of shit. You're the kind of moron who'd buy a sports car that couldn't be driven or a house with no roof because it offended your stylistic sensibilities. You'd look a complete ass while people drove past you as you sat in your white elephant, but i'm sure you'd feel a smug sense of satisfaction that at least you paid lots of money. Don't excuse bad design. There are plenty of manufacturers out there that produce better looking watches that don't compromise function. It wouldn't even require a massive redesign as I said - a simple hairline thickness of indices on the the parts of the sub-dials that were cut-off would be fine and you wouldn't even notice it, except you'd now be the proud owner of a watch that worked. If only I were a lazy, unpunctual bum like you, then I wouldn't be concerned with a basic principle that even a school-kid would get right. Could I design a better watch than this as a whole? Probably not. Could I make a trifling tweak that would vastly improve the function? You bet your gullible ass I could.

admin
admin

ahh yes... Passion in action. I love it.

nateb123
nateb123

@Ulysses31 It's kind of sad that you're gloating about the amazing job you did. They say that the more you comprehend your own ignorance, the smarter you are. I think you've demonstrated the inverse is equally true. Not only dumb but to dumb to know it. You're a rare breed. Although you've perfectly and elaborately demonstrated what I objected to in the first place: that you weren't talented enough to suggest any improvement to the design and really just wanted an opportunity to point out a non-existent flaw so as to focus the attention of others on yourself for a quick ego boost. Bravo for keeping that pattern going despite being openly mocked for it. :)

Ulysses31
Ulysses31

@nateb123 Hey everyone, get a load of this guy. You're so stupid it's a miracle you're alive at all. I didn't make this up. The watch WITH SAND IN IT can be found here: http://www.ablogtoread.com/bausele-australian-surf-watch/

You've proven to us that your observational skills are just as pathetic as every other aspect of your so-called personality. Bravo; I recommend you keep digging a hole for yourself. It's really amusing to me how you constantly reaffirm your inadequacies with every further comment you make. I'll let you have the last word, because i'm sure your pride won't let you resist a final parting shot, so go ahead and rubber-stamp that certificate of senility. I will leave you with one word of advice though. While I do have passionate opinions on watches as we all do here, I try to justify them. It's human nature to scrutinise every aspect of a potential purchase especially a valuable one. It's also human nature to try to find flaws with anything so one might avoid buyer's remorse. I don't launch into random insulting attacks on other members here as you did with me unless first attacked. If you think our little debate has been too lengthy, look back to the condescending and rude tone with which you addressed me. You wouldn't do that to a random passer-by on the street, so don't do it here just because you're "safe" on the Internet. That you're still in possession of a full set of teeth is only because you're an Internet troll safe behind a screen who likes to tell others (since it's not just me i've noticed you attacking) that they are whiners and their opinions, while reasonable, are worthless. As the better man, i'm walking away from this conversation.

Must be embarrassing to be beaten by a "schizophrenic" with "straw man" arguments, eh Nate?

nateb123
nateb123

Haha. I think you're a little mad.

You forgot "If everyone was like me, then we'd have lost WWII" on your list of hilarious hyperboles you just pulled out of your butt. I'd contribute more to this argument but you seem to have both sides handled pretty well! So I'll just sit on the sidelines while you start ranting about watches with sand in them and generally going off on tangents that would leave schizophrenics green with envy.

Cool argument bro. Next time stay on topic.

Ulysses31
Ulysses31

@nateb123 This is what I said; "These looks very stylish. I like them all but especially the chronograph. The over-lapping sub-dials kill it for me though." In other words, I LIKE the design. But design alone isn't sufficient for a machine. Machines are built to serve a purpose. Engineering and design must work in concert or else why bother? Why do so many manufacturers move heaven and earth to produce the most accurate mechanical movement they can? Enter nate! Killing human endeavour at every opportunity. He laughs at the foolish Swiss, Germans and Japanese and all the effort they go to to invent new technology because he knows better, insisting that if they are seeking accuracy they should "get a Timex" and save themselves the trouble. Nate, you're a promoter of mediocrity. Buddy, you're clearly in the market for bending over and being taken roughly from behind. May I recommend to you the H9 Reduction Watch? It cannot tell the time accurately and looks rather shiny and well-made. It's right up your alley, or should I say back-passage.

You're the main reason why the rest of us bemoan watches with sand in them, or with opaque crystals and god-knows what else. Because it's easier to design a watch for a damn fool who deludes himself into thinking he is wise. You've appointed yourself the alpha and omega of watch design in recent entries, rubbishing anyone who finds valid flaws in certain designs. Noticing a few flaws is not a condemnation of the whole, but that's how watch makers pick up on real concerns and improve their work. People like you hurt the watch industry because you have no desire or appreciation for improvement; everything is "good enough". If everyone were like you we'd have no silicon-based components, paltry power reserves and accuracy levels that ranged in minutes per day rather than seconds.

nateb123
nateb123

@Ulysses31 I feel like I should just be saying "Umadbro?" Seriously, did I just catch you at that time of the month? You said the design was ruined because your inner 90-year-old felt the legibility was imperfect. I said you were being a nitpicker, especially since you're not the market anyways (clearly). Now you're going on about "simple logic" that's amusingly far from logical.

Here's simple logic: if precision of timekeeping and legibility is so important, why do have anything but a Timex Indiglo? Mechanical watches don't need to tell time perfectly, not every dial has to have every hash mark and index. As far as visual balance, I'll save explaining that for someone who isn't just a hobbyist with an inflated self-image.

Ulysses31
Ulysses31

@nateb123 I am actually a 3D and CAD designer, though I don't design watches. The fact of the matter is there are better ways of doing this design. I'd point you to the various Zenith designs that feature clipped, yet usable chronograph sub-dials due to the way the instrument is meant to be read. Reading through your LiveFyre profile your "opinion" primarily constitutes denigrating the views of other people here who raise concerns about the practicality of watch designs, some of whom themselves are watch designers. For the price you're expected to pay for these things you should expect close to perfection. My argument is based on simple logic, though evidently still not simple enough for you. What's the primary purpose of a watch? To measure time. If you don't want to know the precise time, shove a stick in the ground and look at the shadow, but don't pay through the nose for something that doesn't fulfil the primary purpose. Your eye for aesthetics must be as laughable as your thoughtless views, and consist of "ooh, shiny pretty, me want". Why not take off your stilettos and diamante earrings and have a rest while the men talk watches.

nateb123
nateb123

@Ulysses31 That straw man you're arguing with sure is taking a beating. But meanwhile in reality, you've got a ton of opinions and no experience or eye for aesthetics. You might as well tell an engineer how to build a bridge. Unless you've got a hard drive full of designs in cad/illustrator you're sitting on?

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