Saturday, August 12, 2017

Rado HyperChrome Light Series - Rado HyperChrome LS Chronograph Tachymeter & Rado HyperChrome LS Moonphase

Rado adds new innovation to its pioneering product lineup. The Rado HyperChrome LS harnesses the power of light and mobile technology, offering an unprecedented way to interact with the timekeeper on your wrist.

The HyperChrome Light Series, or LS for short, features the sporty-chic design of the Rado HyperChrome family combined with new technology developed by the Swatch Group. Two models are on offer for the tech-driven, style-conscious gentleman: the HyperChrome LS Chronograph Tachymeter and the HyperChrome LS Moonphase. As the names suggest, each model boasts a central speedometer or moonphase function that can be controlled in a totally new way – with the frequency of light radiation.
A long press on the crown of the HyperChrome LS primes the watch to receive the light signal. A flashing light is created with a dedicated mobile app and penetrates the watch through a tiny pinhole in the dial. By activating the HyperChrome LS in this way, the wearer can then control the functionality of the watch via their mobile device.

Using a mobile phone as a remote control is not only a completely new way of controlling a watch, but it also opens up a new realm of timekeeping possibilities. Both HyperChrome LS models make use of a serial perpetual calendar that allows the movement to account for different month and year lengths, meaning it is no longer necessary to regularly adjust the date. DST (Daylight Savings Time) technology is also integrated, allowing the watch to adjust automatically between winter and summer time.

A perpetual calendar and automatic DST adjustment are not the only advantages offered by the HyperChrome LS collection. The moonphase model is powered by a bidirectional motor that can rotate in both directions, allowing the moonphase display at 3 o’clock to adapt to the wearer’s geographic location: the plate turns clockwise in the northern hemisphere and counter-clockwise in the southern hemisphere. The moonphase function is complemented by a sunrise/sunset complication at 9 o' clock, which displays the sunup and sundown in sync with any location defined by the user.

To use the sporty speedometer function of the HyperChrome LS Chronograph Tachymeter, the wearer simply uses their smartphone to enter the distance to be travelled before starting the timer that will calculate their average speed, which is then displayed by the tachymeter hand.

Rado HyperChrome LS Chronograph Tachymeter

Movement
13 ¼ E57 quartz, 5 independent bi-directional micro motors

Functions
Hours, minutes, small second
Date at 4:30 with perpetual calendar
1/10th of second counter at 3 o’clock / 60 minute counter at 9 o’clock / 60 second counter at the center
End of life indicator

Case
Polished and brushed stainless steel case
Dimensions: 44.9 x 51.8 x 11.7 (WxLxH in mm)
Polished black high-tech ceramic bezel with engraved tachymeter filled with white lacquer
Polished stainless steel case back with 2 stamped sea horses
Polished stainless steel crown
Polished stainless steel pushers
Curved sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating on both sides
Water-resistant to 5 bar (50m)

Dial
Black, rhodium coloured applied indexes with white SuperLumiNova®
Silver coloured printed Rado logo

Hands 
Rhodium coloured with black veneer and white Super-LumiNova®
Rhodium coloured second hand
Rhodium coloured minute & 1/10 counters, second counter with black veneer

Bracelet
3-row polished stainless steel with satin brushed middle links titanium 3-fold clasp with stainless steel cover

Rado HyperChrome LS Moonphase

Movement
13 ¼ E57 quartz, 5 independent bi-directional micro motors

Functions
Hours, minutes, small second; date at 4:30 – perpetual calendar
Perpetual and universal moon phase display for both hemispheres
Sunrise and sunset display according to preset geographical location
End of life indicator

Case
Polished and brushed stainless steel case
Dimensions: 44.9 x 51.8 x 11.7 (WxLxH in mm)
Polished black high-tech ceramic bezel
Polished stainless steel case back with 2 stamped sea horses
Polished stainless steel crown
Polished stainless steel pushers
Curved sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating on both sides
Water-resistant to 5 bar (50m)

Dial
Black, rhodium coloured applied indexes with white SuperLumiNova®
Silver coloured printed Rado logo

Hands
Rhodium coloured with black veneer and white Super-LumiNova®
Rhodium coloured second hand (small counter)
Aluminum disk with moon phase printed in grey
Aluminum disk with sunrise-sunset printed in grey

Bracelet
3-row polished stainless steel with satin brushed middle links
Titanium 3-fold clasp with stainless steel cover

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