Saturday, January 14, 2017

Rado DiaMaster Grande Seconde – New Models

Rado is adding two new timepieces to its distinctive DiaMaster Grande Seconde family – welcome news for watch aficionados who cultivate a gentlemanly aesthetic.

The Rado DiaMaster Grande Seconde is notable for its asymmetrical dial design, which features two stacked sub-dials, one for hours and minutes and the other for seconds. Updated details make these two new models a beautiful reminder that time is of the essence: Roman numerals have been added, and a sunray pattern in greyish brown or strong blue frames the subdials. The 43 mm case is outfitted with a colour coordinated leather bracelet in either brown or black for an overall look that is at once edgy yet comfortingly familiar.
The DiaMaster Grande Seconde is crafted from one of Rado's signature materials, plasma high-tech ceramic. To create this extraordinary material, finished white ceramic components are fired in a plasma oven, where gases activated at 20,000°C give rise to an otherworldy metallic shine on the surface – without using any metal at all.
This means that the DiaMaster Grande Seconde has the look of a classic metal wristwatch while offering the benefits of high-tech ceramic construction. High-tech ceramic is 25% lighter than steel, which creates a wearing experience that is as easy on the eye as it feels on the wrist. High-tech ceramic weds this impressive lightness with an equally impressive level of scratch resistance, resulting in a material that is up to five times harder than steel. Rado’s ceramic timepieces are also hypoallergenic and adapt readily to the temperature of the body, making them comfortable to wear and gentle against the skin.

Rado DiaMaster Grande Seconde, Ref. 657.0129.3.420
Movement
11 ½ ETA 2899, automatic, 21 jewels, 3 hands, date at 9 o‘clock, 42 hours power reserve (Setting the time: clockwise)

Case
Polished plasma high-tech ceramic case, monobloc construction
Pressed on titanium case back with excentered sapphire crystal
Polished plasma high-tech ceramic crown
Curved sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating on both sides
Water-resistant to 10 bar (100m)

Dial
Blue with sunray pattern, silver coloured printed roman numerals
Silver coloured minute track
Blue flange
Moving anchor symbol
Silver coloured printed Rado logo and silver coloured printed
Automatic logo
Hands rhodium coloured

Strap
Black leather
Stainless steel extensible folding clasp
Stainless steel cover with hardening treatment

Dimensions
43.0 x 51.2 x 11.8 (WxLxH in mm)

Rado DiaMaster Grande Seconde, Ref. 657.0129.3.431
Movement
11 ½ ETA 2899, automatic, 21 jewels, 3 hands, date at 9 o‘clock, 42 hours power reserve (Setting the time: clockwise)

Case
Polished plasma high-tech ceramic case, monobloc construction
Pressed on titanium case back with excentered sapphire crystal
Polished plasma high-tech ceramic crown
Curved sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating on both sides
Water-resistant to 10 bar (100m)

Dial
Grey/ brown with sunray pattern, white printed roman numerals on curved dial
White printed minute track
Grey/ brown flange
Moving anchor symbol
White printed Rado logo and Automatic logo
Hands: rhodium coloured

Strap
Light brown leather
Stainless steel extensible folding clasp
Stainless steel cover with hardening treatment

Dimensions
43.0 x 51.2 x 11.8 (WxLxH in mm)

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