Saturday, August 12, 2017

Rado HyperChrome Captain Cook Collection

Swiss watchmaker Rado is continuing its retro revival with the relaunch of its vintage Captain Cook collection. A reinterpretation of a Rado watch collection from the 1960s, the new HyperChrome Captain Cook family offers a trio of timekeepers for men and women who want to pull off a hip casual look with style and whimsy.

The collection is named after 18th century British explorer Captain James Cook, who charted thousands of miles of hitherto unexplored coastline in the Pacific, bringing with him a wide-ranging, mostly self-taught knowledge of cartography, anthropology and astronomy.
Oversized indexes, chunky arrow-shaped hands, and a rotating bezel in high-tech ceramic and stainless steel or titanium combine to give the Captain Cook an unmistakably playful aesthetic. Two 37 mm models steal the spotlight with distinct masculine and feminine looks.

The HyperChrome Captain Cook’s most ladylike iteration features a silvery, slightly raised dial studded with eight Top Wesselton diamonds. A white high-tech ceramic bezel and fineknit metal Milanese band combine for a luxe yet sporty feel. The gent's version boasts a darker colour scheme and a black high-tech ceramic bezel with a complementary brown vintage leather strap. In a nod to the launch year of the original Captain Cook collection, this gent’s timepiece is limited to 1962 pieces.

For an even bigger impact on the wrist, wearers can opt for the 45 mm model, which is sure to grab attention with its show-off size and unapologetically throwback approach to timekeeping. The pleasantly chunky case features a versatile blue colour scheme and fastens to the wrist with a comfortable black or blue textile strap.

The HyperChrome Captain Cook is the second watch family with a 1960s heritage that Rado has revived and reinterpreted in as many years. Last year saw the relaunch of Rado’s vintage Cape Horn collection, which was reborn as the oversized and ultra-masculine HyperChrome 1616.

Ref. 763.0500.3.130, Rado HyperChrome Captain Cook
Movement
11 ½ ETA C07.611, automatic, 25 jewels, 3 hands, date at 3 o’clock printed in red, up to 80 hours power reserve

Case
Polished stainless steel
Dimensions: 37.3 x 43.1 x 11.1 (WxLxH in mm)
Black high-tech ceramic insert engraved and coated, fixed in a stainless steel turning bezel
Polished stainless steel case back with 3 sea horses stamped
Polished stainless steel crown
Box shaped sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating on both sides
Water-resistant to 10 bar (100m)
Special engraving on case back: LIMITED EDITION ONE OUT OF 1962

Dial
Black sun brushed, printed indexes with vintage look coloured SuperLumiNova®
Silver coloured printed Captain Cook, Rado and Automatic logos
Large rhodium coloured moving anchor symbol with red background
Hands: rhodium coloured with vintage look coloured Super-LumiNova®

Strap
Brown vintage leather
Stainless steel pin buckle

Ref. 763.0500.3.070, Rado HyperChrome Captain Cook
Movement
11 ½ ETA C07.611, automatic, 25 jewels, 3 hands, date at 3 o’clock, up to 80 hours power reserve

Case
Polished stainless steel
Dimensions: 37.3 x 43.1 x 11.1 (WxLxH in mm)
White high-tech ceramic insert coated, fixed in a stainless steel turning bezel
Polished stainless steel case back with 3 sea horses stamped
Polished stainless steel crown
Box shaped sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating on both sides
Water-resistant to 10 bar (100m)

Dial
Silver coloured, jubilé, 8 diamonds, 1.25-1.30, Top Wesselton, VS-SI, full cut, 0.064 carat
Rhodium coloured applied indexes with white Super-LumiNova®
Silver coloured printed Captain Cook, Rado and Automatic logos
Large silver coloured moving anchor symbol
Hands: rhodium coloured with white Super-LumiNova®

Bracelet 
Milanese

Ref. 763.0501.3.220, Rado HyperChrome Captain Cook

Movement
11 ½ ETA C07.611, automatic, 25 jewels, 3 hands, date at 3 o’clock, up to 80 hours power reserve

Case
Grade 5 titanium with hardening treatment
Dimensions: 45.0 x 54.0 x 13.8 (WxLxH in mm)
Blue high-tech ceramic insert engraved and coated, inserted in a titanium turning bezel with hardening treatment
Titanium case back with 3 sea horses stamped
Polished grade 5 titanium screwed crown with hardening treatment
Curved sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating on both sides
Water-resistant to 20 bar (200m)

Dial
Blue sunbrushed, applied indexes with white Super-LumiNova®
Large white moving anchor symbol with red background
White printed Captain Cook, Rado and Automatic logos
Hands: rhodium coloured with white Super-LumiNova®

Strap
Blue textile
Stainless steel extensible folding clasp
Satin brushed stainless steel cover with hardening treatment

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