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Rado’s True Square collection takes after the 1990 Rado Ceramica, the brand’s first ever square timepiece constructed out of high-tech plasma ceramic. Challenging the boundaries of what is possible with the innovative use of cutting-edge materials, Rado reimagined the distinctive geometric appearance of the classic model in a groundbreaking high-tech ceramic case produced through injection-moulding technology. As the manufacturer who invented high-tech ceramic timepieces, the Rado True Square packs remarkable upgrades with a smoother, more refined case design and a modern workhorse movement, incorporating the 90s Rado spirit with marvellous contemporary revamps.
|Rado True Square Automatic Open Heart Black Ref. R27086162
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.
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.
|Driven by the Swiss ETA C07.611 Powermatic 80 movement
For the watchmaking industry, the 1960s was a booming period of valiant exploration and innovation for countless illustrious watch brands, it was arguably the golden age of wristwatches with watch manufacturers delving into unchartered waters when it comes to design and mechanical engineering. The ever-popular dive watch was certainly one of the genres of watches adopted by many major players in the market; and you’ve guessed it, Rado was no exception.
The all-black case of the Rado True Square Automatic Open Heart Black Ref. R27086162 represents the most iconic material associated with the brand — high-tech ceramic. Constructed out of a single piece of ceramic, the monobloc case is manufactured using an incredibly precise and sophisticated process of Rado’s pioneering injection moulding, an industry-first technology that revolutionized traditional watchmaking. This resulted in an extremely durable, lightweight, hypoallergenic and scratch-resistant case that not only feels silky smooth to the touch, but also visually attractive with its stealth dark appearance.
|High-tech ceramic monobloc case
Measuring with a case diameter of 38mm, a compact lug to lug distance of 48.5mm and an exceptionally slim case thickness of only 9.7mm. These tasteful dimensions translate into a watch that looks especially elegant on the wrist with minimal bulk. While fundamentally being a square-shaped case, Rado has refined the case with gently rounded corners for a significantly more cohesive design that seamlessly flows down to the integrated 15mm bracelet which is also made with the same high-tech ceramic. Needless to say, the whole experience of wearing this piece on the wrist feels immensely comfortable, providing a sensually pleasing feel when the ceramic surface comes into contact with the skin.
The sensational openworked dial of the Rado True Square Automatic Open Heart Black Ref. R27086162 is out of this world, featuring precise cutouts on the dial that reveals the intricate delicate inner workings of the Swiss-made automatic movement, finished with beautiful perlage 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. While this may not be the easiest dial to read with the rather busy design and slim applied 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.
|Superluminova for night reading
Under the hood, the Rado True Square Automatic Open Heart Black Ref. R27086162 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 the closed monobloc case construction, the watch features a water resistance rating of 50m, providing protection against light splashes.
From both a performance and a visual standpoint, the Rado True Square Automatic Open Heart Black Ref. R27086162 is one of Rado’s most fascinating timepieces that combines all the right elements to create a stellar open heart model. This feels like the perfect implementation of Rado’s plasma high-tech ceramic with the construction of the case and bracelet that seamlessly blend with each other to result in a cohesive design that will not fail to impress.