The Rado True Square Formafantasma – a design collaboration with the award-winning Italian-Dutch design duo that gives its name to the watch– is sticking with tradition with a side of mystery.
Taking the base of the ground-breaking new full high-tech ceramic True Square, this special design edition draws on the historic idea of a closed watch to create a bold and impactful style statement that is designed to stand the test of time.
The idea of the closed watch refers back to historical pocket watches. The housing of the watch was made to protect the delicate dial and mechanism inside. Only a small opening gave a glimpse of the time – the true function of the watch.
The True Square Formafantasma uses an extra layer of high-tech ceramic as the ultimate scratch-resistant protective layer in which a small window for the dial has been made. The window itself is protected by sapphire crystal, yet another super scratch-resistant layer.
As is typical for the Master of Materials, multiple materials are integrated into this watch. The bracelet is also matt light grey high-tech ceramic titanium with a comfortable 3-fold clasp, and the titanium case back is hypoallergenic. They were all chosen for their tactility and embrace a distinct, unusual light grey tone-on-tone approach.
The design comes not only from the inspiration of pocket watches, but also from the name of the design duo themselves. The ghostly appearance comes from both the monochromatic light grey construction and the ‘floating’ presence of the dial through the small aperture.
Smooth, light and comfortable to wear, the True Square family meets every Rado requirement. 30 years after the creation of the iconic Ceramica, we’re able to create a square monobloc case using our pioneering injection moulding technology. Only Rado has the technology and we’re proud to launch the first ever square high-tech ceramic watch with an injected monobloc case.
With its high-quality Swiss-made movement, pure high-tech ceramic case and bracelet construction and outstanding design, the True Square Formafantasma is the perfect way to protect your precious 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 Ceramos 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.
Andrea Trimarchi and Simone Farresin are Studio
Formafantasma, an Italian designers duo based in Amsterdam,
The Netherlands. In perceiving their role as a bridge between craft, industry, object and user, they are interested in forging links between their research-based practice and a wider design industry. Whether designing or investigating alternative applications of materials, Studio Formafantasma apply the same rigorous attention to context, process and detail to every project they undertake. The added nuance for the duo is that they do so with an eye to the historical, political and social forces that have shaped their environments. Their work has been presented and published internationally and museums have all acquired Formafantasma’s designs for their permanent collections..