Rado Milestones

From day one, Rado has turned visions into concrete realities. From high-tech diamond to high-tech ceramic, Rado has gone from one breakthrough to the next. We’re proud of our heritage of innovation, which has continually introduced the unexpected into Swiss watchmaking.

2018: DiaMaster Ceramos

For the first time in 2018, Rado injected rose gold coloured CeramosTM to create the monobloc case of the new slim DiaMaster Ceramos automatic models.

2017: Ceramica Limited Edition

Rado made waves in 2016 with the relaunch of its iconic Rado Ceramica collection. Teaming up with renowned industrial designer Konstantin Grcic, the brand updated its well-known, starkly geometric timepiece with a contemporary new look. In 2017 the brand took this visionary timepiece a step further, adding matt grey high-tech ceramic and an automatic movement to the Ceramica collection for the first time ever.


Rado first introduced lightweight, scratch-resistant silicon nitride ceramic in a True Thinline in 2011, and the brand has been developing the remarkable material ever since. In 2016 Rado debuted the HyperChrome Ultra Light, which is crafted from a trio of incredibly light materials: case in silicon nitride ceramic and hardened titanium inserts; movement with anodized aluminum parts. Weighing just 56 grams, the HyperChrome Ultra Light boasts minimalist design and featherweight components that place it on the cutting edge of fashion and technology.


Sumptuous chocolate brown ceramic is the latest innovation in Rado’s notable range of high-tech ceramic colours – the inaugural black first pioneered by the watchmaker three decades ago, followed by a pristine white, an elegant grey, and a metallic plasma. Creating consistent colours with ceramic processes is notoriously difficult, but Rado’s mastery of materials and vision of superior quality have made these concerns a thing of the past. The HyperChrome was the first Rado family selected to reveal the exceptional properties of this dazzling new colour and material combination.


The HyperChrome Ceramic Touch Dual Timer embodies Rado’s passion for design and technological innovation. This award winning watch is set with touch technology: slide your finger along the left for hours and the right for minutes. The time zone swap function makes this the ultimate travel timepiece. Just touch the ceramic case at 9 and 3 o’clock simultaneously and change the time zone within seconds when crossing international borders.


The Esenza Ceramic Touch is Rado’s first ceramic watch to make use of touch technology. A smooth high-tech ceramic monobloc case with four embedded sensors enables the wearer to set the time with a simple touch and swipe. This crownless wonder was specially developed by the Rado design team, drawing on years of touch technology expertise from within the Swatch Group as well as Rado’s own expertise in high-tech materials. The latest technology and the most emotional of all the human senses unite for this unique, stand-out product.


The HyperChrome’s distinctive ceramic injected monobloc case builds on the technology developed for the Thinline in 2011. Before these two revolutionary watches, all ceramic models were built around a stainless steel “core”. Monobloc case construction does away with this steel skeleton and allows the case to be fashioned in a single piece of high-tech ceramic. While the case is made of single streamlined piece, additional details such as the side inserts, chronograph pushers, crown and integrated bracelet add to the appeal of the design and construction.


The True Thinline is a contemporary take on the classic watch face. Minimalism with respect to volume and weight is the driving force behind the design. With a thickness of less than 5 mm, it is the thinnest Rado ceramic watch and quite possibly the thinnest high-tech ceramic watch in the world. Its production requires a high level of expertise in construction, production processes, and assembly techniques.

2011: D-STAR

The D-Star is an updated version of the legendary DiaStar 1. The design adheres to tradition without appearing old-fashioned. The signature element of the DiaStar 1, the eye-catching oval bezel, is moderate and less dominant in comparison with the original. It encircles the round dial in a playful manner, a shape which benefits from the latest innovations in materials and injection techniques. 

2009: R5.5

The r5.5 is the stunning collection created by renowned British designer Jasper Morrison. The name is taken from the 5.5 mm corner radii of the case. An easily identifiable evolution of earlier Rado models, the r5.5 features a reinterpreted ceramic case and integrated tapered bracelet. The minimalistic, industrial look with its starkly contrasting details is reminiscent of earlier monochromatic Rado models.

2002: V10K

The V10K is the result of Rado’s quest to produce the ultimate scratch-resistant watch. Its unique scratch-resistance comes from coating the watch case with high-tech diamond, a synthetic layer of nano-crystalline diamond. With its uniquely resistant high-tech diamond surface, the minimalistic Rado V10K achieves the incredible hardness of 10,000 Vickers.

2001: ESENZA

The Esenza took Rado’s minimalistic approach to watch design to new heights. It is composed of two simple elements: an oval case and a straight strap. These two parts are not integrated as in other Rado models but instead form a harmonious and feminine whole.

1993: SINTRA

The Sintra was the first Rado model to use a titanium carbide based composite, an advanced form of hardmetal that is much more lightweight. This materials innovation expanded Rado’s  colour palette without sacrificing its minimalistic design. The dial, reduced to its basic functional elements, appears clear, tidy and precise. Through a subtle contrast in colour, the square bezel, flanked by a gently tapered bracelet, provides a fitting frame for the slightly elongated rectangular dial.


The Ceramica embodies most consistently the minimalistic style that would become such an important element of the Rado design philosophy. The watch is characterised by a very high degree of reduction: The case and strap are the same width, transitioning seamlessly into one other to form one continuous bracelet; they are made from the same material and same black glossy surface.


The Integral marks Rado’s first foray into the use of high-tech ceramic. The contrast between the black ceramic middle links and gold coloured outer links creates an ornate effect. A similar richness in contrast is achieved by the black dial and gold hands, the inscriptions, and the diamond embedding. Particularly notable is the visual integration of the straight bracelet and the likewise long straight case: they are the same width and resemble a bracelet, elevating the watch from a mere practical tool to a bijou for the wrist.

1981: ANATOM

The Anatom was the first Rado watch that exhibited a curved ergonomic form in order to embrace the wrist with “anatomical perfection”. The design of the Anatom dial is reduced to retain its minimalism; the twelve hour markers are replaced by four small diamonds and the minute scale is done away with altogether. Although the gold colour forms a strong contrast to the black dial, the hands appear restrained, due to their small size.


The Dia 67 Glissière, launched in 1976, exhibits an edgy yet minimalistic design. Thanks to a new technology, the metallised sapphire crystal glass covers the entire case with an edge-to-edge construction. The glass is directly affixed to the outer parts of the case – an inovative technique that is not employed for its own sake, but rather to support an overall minimalistic design concept.


Rado’s Planning model: the name indicates that it is not only a watch but also a multipurpose tool. It includes a perpetual calendar on a separate panel added below the case. With a day and date display in addition to the standard watch functions, the dial is packed with information. The futuristic look is compounded by the separate panel containing the perpetual calendar turning bezel.


The DiaStar 1 is Rado’s very first scratch-resistant watch. Even after years of use, it will still look as brilliant as the day you first brought it home. To achieve its durability, it was made using two materials new in the history of watchmaking: hardmetal and sapphire crystal. At the beginning of the 20th century, hardmetal was developed to meet the needs of the toolmaking industries, and Rado pioneered its use in watch manufacturing. Additionally, scratch sensitive glass was replaced by sapphire glass – a material that combines extreme hardness with transparency. The extreme hardness of these two materials was supported by the Original’s innovative design.


One of the first models to appear under the Rado brand name, the Golden Horse was marketed on its water-resistance when it was introduced. Although advanced movements were not a focus, the Golden Horse has a distinctive feature which all subsequent automatic Rado models share: the moving anchor symbol. In the case of the Golden Horse, it is a bold statement: silver against a red background, the literal beating heart of the watch.

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