Rado HyperChrome Ultra Light Limited Edition wins prestigious design prize recognising excellence and innovation
(Lengnau, Switzerland – January 2019) For the 8th year in a row, pioneering Swiss watchmaker Rado has received a prestigious GOOD DESIGN Award from The Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design.
This year’s prize was awarded for the HyperChrome Ultra Light, a new product in the 2018 collection that was created with lightness in mind. It was made using Rado’s innovative ultra-light high-tech ceramic (Si3N4), which is half the weight of standard Rado high-tech ceramic but even harder and more scratch-resistant. It is a truly exceptional material.
The super modern materials and Rado’s signature monobloc case construction contrast strongly but impressively with the dial design. Taking its inspiration from 20th Century pocket watches, the understated simplicity and unparallelled legibility of the sunray high-tech ceramic dial gives the watch a classic appearance.
The HyperChrome Ultra Light was recognised in this year’s awards in the ‘Personal’ category. The jury looks for “quality design, function and aesthetics at a standard beyond ordinary consumer products.” Rado is proud to have been recognised for its dedication to fulfilling this criteria in its continued mission to produce watches designed to stand the test of time.
Rado is known as the Master of Materials for the way it has revolutionised traditional watchmaking, leading the industry by introducing high-tech ceramic, ultra-light high-tech ceramic, colourful high-tech ceramic and CeramosTM to its design-led collections. An award-winning designer with numerous prestigious international prizes to its name, and considered the most forward-thinking design player in the watch industry today, Rado has always been a pioneer and leader, setting the standard and raising the bar.
About GOOD DESIGN™
GOOD DESIGN™ is a prestigious, recognised, and longstanding design award programme organised annually by The Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design in cooperation with the European Centre for Architecture, Art, Design and Urban Studies. The trademarked awards were founded in Chicago in 1950 by renowned architects Eero Saarinen, Charles and Ray Eames, and Edgar Kaufmann, Jr.. GOOD DESIGN covers new consumer products designed and manufactured in Europe, Asia, Africa, and North and South America.
HyperChrome Ultra Light Limited Edition
Movement ETA A31.L02, automatic, 21 jewels, 3 hands, date at 3 o’clock,
64-hour power reserve, black oscillating rotor, decorated movement, black anodised aluminium bridges and plate, exclusive to Rado
Case matt ultra-light high-tech ceramic (Si3N4 silicon nitride), (TiN Titanium Nitride) case, monobloc construction
hardened grade 5 titanium side inserts
matt ultra-light high-tech ceramic (Si3N4 silicon nitride), (TiN Titanium Nitride) case back with sapphire crystal
hardened grade 5 titanium crown
curved 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 500
Dial brown sunray high-tech ceramic dial, bronze coloured Roman numerals
bronze coloured moving anchor symbol
bronze coloured printed Rado and Automatic logos
Hands bronze coloured
Strap brown vintage look leather
hardened grade 5 titanium pin buckle
Dimensions 43.0 x 50.5 x 11.2 (WxLxH in mm)