Presented last month at Baselworld 2011 trade show, the new Rado True Thinline series of ultra-thin luxury watches is powered by the world’s thinnest quartz movement that is encased in the world’s thinnest ceramic body that is secured on your wrist using the world’s thinnest rubber strap with a ceramic buckle. Currently available in two color combinations (white, ref. R27957109, and black, ref. R27741159,) the timepiece is predictably expensive, but not prohibitively so if you take into account the material it is crafted from.
It looks like everything is getting thinner these days.
Smartphones, notebooks, different kinds of tablet PCs look like they were made of a single sheet of tinfoil. Even front seats in sport cars get thinner to provide more legroom for the rear passenger at the expense of the driver.
The same goes with modern quartz movements. Pretty thin as they are, the movements still get thinner as manufacturers use more advanced chips, motors and high-tech batteries that store more energy in a lesser volume. Denser kinds of plastic that allow them to make stiffer chassis using thinner parts help, too.
The niche Swiss watchmaker says not a word about the caliber that powers their new Rado True Thinline, however it is known that the movement is less than 1 millimeter in height (that’s less than 1/25 inch*!)
Designed with the new movement in mind, the Thinline’s ceramic case is also extremely slim. In fact, measuring 30 millimeters in diameter and almost 5 millimeters thicker from top to bottom, it is just a tad thicker than the rubber strap that holds it on the wrist!
Rado says nothing about other specs of the watch but it is clearly seen that, once ready, the new collection will be a smashing hit!
* Update regarding the movement: According to information that was posted on Rado web-site after this “initial impressions” review was already published, their Rado True collection is powered by caliber ETA 282.001: a member of their Flatline series of ultra-thin quartz movements that is actually a bit thicker -NOT thinner!- than 1 millimeter (according to official specs, it is exactly 1.20 millimeter in height) and has dimensions of 13.00 x 18.20 mm that is just good enough to power ladies and so called “unisex” wristwatches.
This is a good caliber with gold-plated metal chassis that’s built on 13 rubies, listed as repairable and is actually quite expensive with some eBay sellers offering them at $80-$90 USD. When powered by stock Renata 346 battery, it offers a power reserve of up to 52 months, which is actually quite impressive for such a small mechanism.
See also: Rado Ceramica DiaStar Digital Automatic
Rado True Thinline quartz watch specification
Price: $1700 (MSRP)
Movement: Quartz, caliber ETA 282.001, Swiss Made
Movement decoration: Gold-plated
Functions: Hours, minutes
Power reserve: 52 months
Case material: Ceramic, black or white
Bezel material: Ceramic, black or white
Case shape: Round
Bezel shape: Round
Case size: 39.00 mm
Lug width: No data
Case height: 4.90 mm
Dial: Black or White
Hour markers: Gold-toned, stick-shaped
Water resistance: 30 meters
Strap: Black or white rubber strap with a matching ceramic buckle
Crystal: Sapphire, antireflective
Case back: Solid, engraved