Exploring new Materials: Rado Launches the Captain Cook Ceramic (with Live Photos)

Rado‘s Captain Cook is presented for the first time in a case size of 43 mm, and in four versions with two types of matte ceramic cases. The first one (Ref. R32127152) comes with a black ceramic case (Zirconium dioxide, ZrO2) and bracelet; the crown and bezel are made of hardened stainless steel, the latter one with a glossy black ceramic insert. The second Captain Cook Ceramic model (Ref. R32127156) comes with the same case and dial but is offered with a rubber strap and folding clasp:

The Rado Captain Cook Ceramic (Ref. R32127156) will retail for $3,300 on a black rubber strap, $3,600 on a matching ceramic bracelet.

The third version (Ref. R32127162) is offered similarly in a black ceramic case and bracelet, but with a contrasting rose-gold-colored (PVD-coated) stainless steel crown and bezel, and black ceramic insert. It is followed by the fourth and most expensive model (Ref. R32128202), featuring a highly distinctive plasma ceramic case and bracelet (Zirconium carbide, ZrC), with hardened stainless steel bezel, and blue ceramic insert.

All four versions (shown here is the R32128202 with gray ceramic case and blue bezel insert) come with a sapphire crystal dial underneath a “chevé box sapphire crystal”

All four models are immediately available and come with a slightly domed, black tinted sapphire crystal and applied indexes.

The new Captain Cook is powered by the R734 caliber from ETA, with 80 hours’ power reserve and a Nivachron hairspring. The case is water-resistant to 300 meters and comes with a titanium caseback with sapphire insert. Prices start at $3,300 (R32127156), the R32127152 retails for $3,600, the R32127162 with PVD is $3,700, and the R32128202 with blue bezel insert is $3,800.


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