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Bearing a close resemblance to the True Open Heart line up, the Centrix Automatic Open Heart collection from Rado showcases a stunning open heart dial design, alongside a fluid case and bracelet construction to create a timepiece that combines Rado’s rich heritage in traditional watchmaking and an exquisite modern architecture.
From a brand that was initially conceived as a small atelier, to become an industry leader for innovation more than a century later. Rado is a well-respected name that is no stranger to the watch world, producing incredibly robust timepieces that pushes the boundaries of what was achievable with luxury watchmaking with top-class Swiss craftsmanship, revolutionary high-tech materials and outstanding timekeeping performance. While originally founded in Lengnau, Biel/Bienne, Switzerland in 1917 as ‘Schlup & Co.’ by brothers Fritz, Ernst and Werner Schlup, it wasn’t until the brand took off in the early 1950s, selling watches under the ‘Rado’ name we’re familiar with today.
|Rado Centrix Automatic Diamonds Open Heart MOP Ref. R30248902|
Ever since its founding, Rado has fostered the philosophy “if we can imagine it, we can make it”, which still holds true today, reflected by the brand’s highly-durable, innovatively designed timepieces. Rado is perhaps best known for their innovative use of technologically advanced materials, being one of the pioneers in the watchmaking industry adopting high-tech ceramics in their watches. Although the implementation of ceramic is widely seen across innumerable watch brands in this day and age, Rado revolutionized the industry with the birth of the Rado Integral back in 1986 with its use of scratch-resistant high-tech ceramic in the bracelet.
Constructed out of rose gold PVD treated 316L stainless steel, the Rado Centrix Automatic Diamonds Open Heart MOP - Ref. R30248902, the charming rose gold plating carries a deluxe appearance that splendidly amplifies the dressy nature of the piece. Measuring with a diameter of 33mm, a case thickness of 10mm and a lug to lug distance of 37.5mm, these are graceful dimensions fitting for a contemporary dress watch. The rose gold PVD seamlessly transitions down to the outer links of the 14mm stainless steel bracelet, held together with gently curved white high-tech ceramic centre links to bring a sophisticated appearance while offering exceptional scratch resistance.
|Open-works on dial side|
The sensational openworked dial of the Rado Centrix Automatic Diamonds Open Heart MOP - Ref. R30248902 is out of this world, featuring precise cutouts on the enchanting mother-of-pearl dial that reveals the intricate delicate inner workings of the Swiss-made automatic movement, finished with beautiful Côtes de Genève finishes. Being the key design attribute of the watch, Rado created a dial that breaks away from many of their simple, utilitarian dial with an offering that truly looks elegantly futuristic.
Set with 12 gorgeous diamonds for hour indices, glancing down on your wrist will definitely be worth it with such a stunning open heart design. The dial is protected by a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal treated with anti-reflective coating, keeping the dial crystal clear for your enjoyment.
|Slim profile at 10mm|
Under the hood, the Rado Centrix Automatic Diamonds Open Heart MOP - Ref. R30248902 is driven by the Swiss ETA C07.631 self-winding movement based on the ever-reliable Powermatic 80 movement. Featuring a power reserve of a whopping 80 hours, this 25 jewel movement beats at a 3 hertz rate of 21,600 beats per hour (BPH) with hand winding and hacking capabilities. Encased within an exhibition sapphire caseback (offering 30m of water resistance), you can essentially see right through the entire dial and the movement.
From both a performance and a visual standpoint, the Rado Centrix Automatic Diamonds Open Heart MOP - Ref. R30248902 is one of Rado’s most fascinating timepieces that combines all the right elements to create a stellar open heart model. On the wrist, the fluid design of the bracelet, together with the striking rose gold tones of the case, this is a watch that manages to look ten times its price with a ravishing open heart dial revealing the well-finished automatic workhorse movement.