At this year’s Baselworld, Rado revealed its new Rado HyperChrome automatic replica models in a rich brown shade – a new look for the high-tech ceramic pieces that the company has been known for since 1986.
Despite the pictures (and press release) that would have you regard them as very chocolate-y in colour, in reality they’re closer to a dark grey lustre – which to many will make them a touch more wearable.There are three models in dark brown, featuring the HyperChrome monobloc case: an automatic, a ladies automatic with diamonds and a chronograph.
The Brown Ceramic Rado HyperChrome Tachymeter Automatic Chronograph is picked out with rose gold-coloured accents – indices, sub-dials, pushers, crown and hands are all tinted PVD, as well as the flashes of rose gold down the sides of the case.
As the ceramic is heated in a specially developed kiln, the colours alter – but sintering is a very tricky process to get exactly right. Rado has a proven record of doing just that though: Baselworld also saw the company showcasing its plasma high-tech ceramic with a metallic look.
A teeny, blink-and-you’ll-miss-it date window sits between 4 and 5 o’clock – the overlapping sub-dials mean there’s a lot to fit in here. The tachymeter has actually been etched into the polished ceramic bezel, and filled in with white LumiNova. The Tudor copy watch bracelet continues the combination of finishes on the dial with matte and polished ceramic links.
For our take on Rado’s True collection, read here.