The year 2012 wasn’t exactly rewarding for the better part of the population. Greece didn’t default, Doomsday didn’t happen and Valve yet again failed to deliver HL:3. However, there were certain bright spots, too: Spain emerged victorious in the 2012 UEFA Euro cup and the European politicians somehow managed to prevent collapse of the single currency. The watchmakers from Europe and Japan, too, managed to introduce a number of great watches, although there was nothing truly revolutionary neither in terms of design, nor technical characteristics (here I am talking about mass-produced models, not some ultra-expensive one-offs).
With its new Rado D-Star 200 automatic diver, the Swiss-based brand has given its D-Star line a new twist. Soon to be available in two versions (blue dial, ref. R15960203 and an even sexier slate grey dial, ref. R15959103,) the 2012 collection is the first modern Rado watch that can actually be used as a real diving companion!
The 2011 Rado D-Star Ceramic (ref. R15609162) follows in steps of its more advanced sister: the limited-edition D-Star Basel Special 2011 model that was presented last March during the annual Baselworld 2011 exhibition. If you followed the above link, you may have noticed that both models are presented in the same oval-shaped (or, rather, elongated cushion-shaped) black ceramic case and basically feature the same styling with similarly shaped hands and applied hour markers.
Rado has officially introduced the self-winding D-Star Basel Special 2011 during the Baselworld 2011 international trade show. Produced only in 1111 pieces, this limited edition is a tribute to the iconic 1962 Rado DiaStar.
For this year, Rado has reissued its oversized r5.5 collection of chronographs in an even bigger case that draws even more attention to its owner. Renamed as r5.5 XXL Chronograph (ref. 541.0390.3.011,) this new variation is still powered by a “Swiss Made” quartz movement and features the same sort of plastic-like finish of ceramic elements.
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.
The 2010 Rado Ceramica DiaStar Digital Automatic employs a movement that was designed by ETA as an answer for the hybrid-powered Japanese quartz calibers. Equipped with a real winding rotor with a personalized black PVD-coated oscillating weight, the mechanism gets its battery constantly recharged by converting the energy of your movements into electricity