May 18, 2024
Graduation Gift Guide: Remembering Their Big Day with Rado
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Did you know that Rado was one of the first watch brands to use high-tech ceramics in their timepieces?  In 1986, they launched the Integral, a style icon, which combined sapphire and ceramics. The goal was to create a watch that could withstand the rigors of everyday life and come out unscathed. In the decades that follow, many other brands have adopted this technology, yet Rado remains at the forefront. As the wheels of scholarship and innovation keep on turning, an education, just like high-tech ceramics, can protect and prepare for all of life’s upcoming challenges. In honor of graduation, we have selected 7 Rado watches that would make excellent companions as your graduate enters life’s next chapter.

True Square Automatic Open Heart

Will your graduate appreciate seeing the intricate movements of the automatic Rado calibre R734, with its 80-hour power reserve? If so, then the True Square Automatic Open Heart—with a diameter of 38 mm, a polished black high-tech ceramic square case, and a crown that projects a sleek, contemporary appeal—is perfect for them. The flat sapphire crystal, with anti-reflective coating on both sides, offers exceptional clarity.  Water-resistant to 50m, this unisex watch is light, scratch-resistant and comfortable to wear. Completing the ensemble is the polished black high-tech ceramic bracelet, offering both comfort and durability. 

Captain Cook High-Tech Ceramic Skeleton

The Captain Cook High-Tech Ceramic Skeleton displays the inner workings of its novel R808 movement through the dial. Tested in 5 positions, it is equipped with a reliable anti-magnetic Nivachron hairspring and has an 80-hour power reserve. The matte olive-green high-tech ceramic 43mm monobloc case is water-resistant to 300m and topped by a rose-gold-colored unidirectional bezel with a matching green ceramic insert. The dial features generous indices and rose-gold tone hands, treated with white Super-LumiNova. With a matching olive green high-tech ceramic bracelet and a titanium clasp, it’s ready for your most rugged and demanding explorations.

Centrix Automatic Diamonds

The classic Centrix Automatic Diamonds has been reworked and its new rounded sapphire crystal extends all the way to the edge of the curved 35mm case. The bracelet is made of polished PVD coated gold stainless-steel with white high-tech ceramic center links.  The 3D stamped dial, which is filled with lacquer creates visual depth and applied diamonds appear to float at hourly increments.  At its heart beats the calibre R763 movement, which exceeds standard accuracy test requirements, thanks to its reliable antimagnetic Nivachron hairspring. It is also water resistant to 50m and offers 80 hours of power reserve.

Captain Cook Automatic

For the archeology graduate or any adventurous spirit looking for a sport/dive watch that can just about go anywhere and do anything. The Captain Cook Automatic is an original design from 1962 and has been revitalized for the twenty-first century, with its vintage details and styling, combined with today’s latest technology and features. Available in 37mm and 42mm, both with 80-hours of power reserve, they are perfect for all wrists and genders. They also have Rado’s EasyClip System which allows you to change the bracelet or strap quickly and easily without the need for any tools. Lastly, they would not be proper dive watches without solid water-resistance—100m for the 37mm and 200m for the 42mm, plus rotating bezels each with a color matched concave ceramic insert to boot.

DiaStar Original Skeleton

The DiaStar Original Skeleton features another variant of the R808 automatic caliber. It is anthracite-grey coated and thanks to a uniquely cut sapphire crystal glass front and flat display back, the automatic movement can be appreciated in full technical detail, providing 80 hours of power reserve. Tested in 5 positions and with an anti-magnetic Nivachron hairspring everything remains extremely precise and reliable. Framing the skeletonized display in dark 38mm Ceramos bezel, which counterbalances the yellow gold-colored hands and indices that appear to float over the dial. All of which are generously coated in white Super-Luminova.

Anatom Automatic

A discreet and subtle timepiece, the Anatom Automatic is where comfort and harmony coexist. Powered by the calibre R766 movement, this watch ensures precise timekeeping due to its antimagnetic Nivachron hairspring. Durable and sophisticated, it boasts a black matte high-tech ceramic bezel and a curved sapphire crystal with anti-reflective on the inside. The dial is a captivating blue gradient adding visual depth and the overall diameter is 32.5mm. Designed for comfort, the black rubber strap is secured by a brushed stainless steel 3-fold clasp and a black matt high-tech ceramic cover. The watch is water-resistant down to 50m. Whether in your new office or out on the town, the Anatom Automatic is a perfect companion.

Produced by
Kyle Snarr

Written by
Marc Levesque

Photographed by
Chris Coe
Paolo Verzani

Gillian Blair
Dutch Lawrence Cortese

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May 18, 2024