The Rado HyperChrome Small Second Watch for 2014

Rado is a Swiss luxury manufacturer of watches, with headquarters in Lengnau, Switzerland. Found in 1950 as Schlup & Co., Rado initially produced watch movements only. In 1957, the company unveiled its first collection of watches under the name of Rado. Then the company began its new journey. This luxury watchmaker is famous for its use of scratch-proof materials, it’s an ancestor in this area. In 1986, the first watch made from ceramic by Rado debuted, it brought a brand new concept to the watchmaking.

Early this year, Rodo introduced the HyperChrome Automatic Small Second watch, a new development of the high-tech materials.


At 42mm, the case dimensions are substantially bigger compared to 25.6mm movement (that is apparent from looking at the rear). However, 42mm continues to be more compact than many of the contemporary watches within this cost category. When combined with an acceptable thickness of 10.8mm, the timepiece will sit easily on a variety of wrist dimensions. Regardless of whether you like the feel of the highly-polished ceramic just comes lower to non-public taste.

After being heated to 2,000 levels Celsius, the ceramic material undergoes molecular changes producing a metallic gray finish, without using any metals. Due to its high density, the ceramic may then be polished to some high shine.


The HyperChrome Small Seconds is available in two case materials across four models. Each case features monobloc construction – whether black “High-Tech Ceramic” or “Plasma High-Tech Ceramic.” Both materials support the scratch-resistance, hardness, and chemical stability natural to ceramic, although the Plasma High-Tech Ceramic offers something a little more interesting: a metallic finish.

Inside you’ll locate an ETA 2895-2 self-winding movement with 42-hour power reserve. Rado made a decision to color the rotor black-which may be seen via a sapphire caseback on all purchases. Three models make use of the metallic Plasma High-Tech Ceramic, two having a silver sun-burst dial and yet another having a black dial. The ultimate model uses black ceramic on the case and bracelet. Each case includes a metallic inlay around the sides. As the Plasma models use polished stainless steel with this inlay, the black ceramic case features rose gold-colored PVD-covered stainless steel.

On the whole, this watch doesn’t disappoint me. This HyperChrome Automatic Small Second watch from Rado, stands for the company, keep moving.

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