Monochrome and Minimalist: Three New Rado True Thinline Watches
Rado’s new releases for 2016 have embraced the concept of lightness and streamlined, minimalist design. Perhaps best embodying this “less is more” aesthetic are this trio of new timepieces from the brand’s True Thinline collection, with three monochromatic color schemes.
Rado describes the designs of the new True Thinline models as “stripped to their barest essentials,” with the dials adorned with nothing but an hour and minute hand and a Rado logo — no indices, subdials, seconds hand, or design flourishes. Available in three colors — black, white, and a gunmetal gray color the brand refers to as “plasma” — the watches all have cases made of high-tech ceramic (Rado has long been recognized as a pioneer in using this light-but-sturdy, scratch-resistant material in watchmaking), measuring 39 mm x 43.3 mm in diameter and a wafer-like 4.9 mm thick. The watch weights just 82 grams.
The monobloc ceramic cases — made of solid ceramic in a special process that eliminates the need for a stainless steel core, as in other ceramic watch cases — are all polished, while the dials and flanges have a sunray finish. The sapphire crystals are curved; the winding crowns and three-link bracelets on each watch are made of the same polished ceramic as the case. Continuing the lightweight theme, the bracelets fasten with three-fold buckles made of titanium.
The Rado True Thinline is outfitted with the incredibly thin quartz caliber 9 ETA 210.001, which is just 1 mm thick and ticks behind a solid, sandblasted titanium caseback. The retail price for the black (Ref. 140.0741.3.018) and white (Ref. 140.0957.3.001) versions is $2,100; the plasma model is $2,200.