Friday, September 2, 2016

Rado New Ceramica - Designed by Konstantin Grcic

The Rado Ceramica, a timepiece known for its striking linear shape and visionary use of high-tech ceramic, has been redesigned by renowned industrial designer Konstantin Grcic.

In this new design, one of Rado’s most recognizable high-tech ceramic timepieces has been given a contemporary interpretation while retaining the strong geometric shape that made the original such a classic.
Like the original upon which it is based, the new Ceramica is a high-tech ceramic timepiece for both men and women who appreciate purist, modern aesthetics. The linear bracelet silhouette of the original has evolved into a more classic watch shape, with the gently curved edges of the monobloc case taking center stage. Advances in technology, together with Grcic's vision, have given rise to this masterful combination of form and material, which finds expression in the eleven models that make up the new Ceramica collection.
Two gents’ models offer a matt take on the Ceramica, previously best known in its high gloss iteration. Limited to just 701 pieces, Konstantin Grcic’s signature model stands out not only because of its velvety matt finish, but also thanks to the creative use of typography on the dial.
Fans of subdials can opt for the matt model featuring a small second counter, with grey printed indexes adding to the monochrome minimalist appeal.
Female aficionados of the avant-garde look have several models to choose from, including two diamond-studded pieces in a choice of either glossy black or white high-tech ceramic. Boasting silver coloured detailing and four diamonds on the dial, the ladies’ Ceramica offers the same high-impact presence on the wrist, but in a smaller form factor.
Konstantin Grcic is one of the world’s foremost industrial designers. He has developed furniture, lighting, accessories and house-wares for leading brands, with many of his products receiving prestigious international design awards. Known for his passion for technology and materials, Grcic was a natural choice for the 2016 redesign of the iconic Rado Ceramica. Famed for his pared-down pieces, Grcic is often referred to as a minimalist, but the designer himself prefers to speak of simplicity.

Rado Ceramica, Gent
References
Ref. 256.0706.3.016
Ref. 212.0708.3.015 (signature model)

Movement
8 ¼ ETA E61.511, quartz, 9 jewels, 3 hands, (small second: at 6 o’clock, date at 12 o’clock)

Case
Matt black high-tech ceramic monobloc case
Dimensions: 30.0 x 41.7 x 7.6(WxLxH in mm)
Black PVD coated titanium case back
Stainless steel crown with matt black high-tech ceramic cap
Curved sapphire crystal, metallised and glued
Water-resistant to 5 bar (50m)
Signature model: special engraving on case back – LIMITED EDITION ONE OUT OF 701

Dial
Lacquered polished black
Dial 016: white printed indexes with Super-LumiNova® grey printed Arabic indexes, minute track and Rado logo
Dial 015: Super-LumiNova® filled triangles and Arabic numerals with matt grey printed indexes and Rado logo

Hands
Hands 016: black, white Super-LumiNova®
Hands 015: matt grey, white Super-LumiNova®

Bracelet
Matt black high-tech ceramic links
Black PVD steel inner chain
Brushed titanium 3-fold buckle

Rado Ceramica, Lady

References
Ref. 420.0703.3.071
Ref. 420.0702.3.070

Movement
5 ½ x 8 ETA 282.001, quartz, 13 jewels, 2 hands

Case
White or black high-tech ceramic monobloc case
Dimensions: 22.9 x 31.7 x 6.6 (WxLxH in mm)
Titanium case back
Stainless steel crown with white or black high-tech ceramic cap
Curved sapphire crystal, metallised and glued
Water-resistant to 5 bar (50m)

Dial
Lacquered polished white or black
jubilé, 4 diamonds, 0.85-0.90, Top Wesselton, VS-SI, full cut, 0.011 carat
Silver coloured printed indexes and Rado logo
Hands: rhodium coloured

Bracelet
White or black high-tech ceramic links
White painted or black PVD steel inner chain
Brushed titanium 3-fold buckle

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