Presented at the Baselworld 2011 trade show, the Rado True Thinline series sports the world’s thinnest quartz movement that is ticking inside the world’s thinnest ceramic body secured to 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 sports cars get thinner to provide more legroom for the rear passenger at the expense of the driver.
The same goes for modern quartz movements. 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.
Rado says not a word about the caliber that powers the collection, 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 but I have no doubt that once ready, the new collection will be a smashing hit!
* Update regarding the movement. after this “initial impressions” review was already published, Rado finally posted some information their official website. According to the official specs, the True collection is powered by the caliber ETA 282.001. It is a member of their Flatline series of ultra-thin quartz movements that is 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. It features a gold-plated metal chassis that’s built on 13 rubies, is repairable, and is -surprisingly- expensive with some eBay sellers offering them at $80-$90. When equipped with a stock Renata 346 battery, it offers a power reserve of up to 52 months: impressive for such a small mechanism.
See also: Rado Ceramica DiaStar Digital Automatic
Rado True Thinline specification
Price: $1700 (MSRP)
Movement: Quartz, caliber ETA 282.001, Swiss Made
Movement decoration: Gold-plated
Functions: Hours, minutes
Power reserve: 52 months
Case: Ceramic, black or white
Size: 39.00 mm
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
Back: Solid, engraved