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Crafted to perfection, the Rado Centrix collection infuses a versatile luxurious style with a flexible tapered bracelet construction, resulting in a luxurious range of timepieces that radiate a strong sense of sophistication, elegance and exquisite comfort. Notably, the Rado Centrix Automatic Black Ref. R30002162 emerges as a sporty diver’s style piece while the rest of the Centrix line up takes on a dressier approach, this is a fascinating model definitely worth taking a closer look at.
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 Black Ref. R30002162
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 stainless steel, the Rado Centrix Automatic Black Ref. R30002162 beautifully combines the muted tones of stainless steel with the deep, rich character of Rado’s high-tech ceramic on the bracelet. Measuring with a diameter of 42mm, a case thickness of 12.6mm and a lug to lug distance of 46mm, these bold dimensions exude a strong, energetic look on the wrist. The stainless steel case seamlessly transitions down to the outer links of the 16mm stainless steel bracelet, held together with gently curved high-tech ceramic centre links to bring a sophisticated appearance together with enhanced scratch resistance.
|Sapphire crystal with high-tech ceramic case
Standing out from many other models from the Centrix collection, the Rado Centrix Automatic Black Ref. R30002162 embraces an exceptionally sporty presence with a sleek 60-minute diver’s style bezel in jet black, along with stealthy grey bezel markers that handsomely compliments the high-tech ceramic elements of the timepiece.
Finding beauty through simplicity, the black dial of the Rado Centrix Automatic Black Ref. R30002162 carries a clean and uncluttered layout with a set of gracefully applied hour markers encompassing the broad pencil-style hands and needle second hand. With the hour hand being marginally broader than the minute hand, this provides a sense of orientation for an easy time-reading experience. The dial boasts a pleasantly symmetrical look with the black date complication partially obscuring the 3 o’clock hour marker. Protecting the dial sits a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal treated with anti-reflective coating, keeping the dial crystal clear for your enjoyment.
|Superluminova for night reading
Under the hood, the Rado Centrix Automatic Black Ref. R30002162 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, the watch is equipped with an effective water resistance rating of 100m.
From both a performance and a visual standpoint, the Rado Centrix Automatic Black Ref. R30002162 is one of Rado’s most fascinating timepieces that combines all the right elements to create an amazing offering showcasing the impeccable craftsmanship of the brand. On the wrist, the fluid design of the bracelet, together with the capable mechanics, this is a watch that holds its own unique character while cohesively integrating Rado’s high-tech ceramic for a complete Rado experience.