Last week in London, Rado released three new variations on the True watch at the presentation of the first Rado Star Prize
Rado has recently been re-establishing its industrial design heritage, teaming up with Konstantin Grcic on the Ceramica and creating the Star Prize, an international celebration of emerging designers.
Grcic was on the judging panel for the inaugural Rado Star Prize UK, held in London last week. The winner was Joachim Froment for his laminated wood and carbon 0.6 chair, a durable dining chair requiring minimal amounts of material and manufacture.
The brand launched three new watches at the ceremony, all collaborations with designers who were given the dial of the True watch as a canvas. It’s a continuation of the True Designers’ series, which began earlier this year with another trio of collaborations.
The Rado True Cyclo
Co-created with French designer Philippe Nigro, the True Cyclo is a minimalist combination of a concave silver dial with a satin finish and a case made of Rado’s signature ceramic, in a matte black.
Details include slightly recessed markers in dove grey, and a round date window at 6 o’clock.
For industrial and homeware designer Nigro: “There’s something very reassuring about wearing an automatic wristwatch – a purely mechanical object that keeps us grounded in this hyper-technological world.”
The Rado True Shadow
Designed with avant-garde fashion designer Kunihiko Morinaga, the True Shadow features an unusual colour-changing dial.
In daylight, the dial blackens. In shade, the dial’s tint fades and becomes transparent, giving the wearer a direct glimpse of the ETA C07.631 with 80-hour power reserve inside.
It’s achieved by using a photochromic lens affected by UV light. For the True Shadow, Morinaga chose a polished ceramic case with a high shine.
The Rado True Face
Polish architect Oskar Zieta worked with Rado on the True Face: in matte grey ceramic, it has a concave, high-gloss metallic dial.
The dial is made of stainless steel with matt grey hands which have been finished underneath in rose gold, giving a warm reflection as they move around the dial.
Each of the new additions to the True Designers’ series is water-resistant to 50m, and limited to 1,001 pieces.