BASELNEWSThe Rado Chronograph r5.5
Instinctive. Natural. A synthesis of two talents. Following on from a re-interpretation of one model in 2007 and the creation of a watch box, the r5.5 by Rado, represents the third stage of the collaboration with Jasper Morrison. The creation, all in high-tech ceramic, re-emphasizes the brand whose fame lies in merging separate components. A perfect fit.
Fusing the case and bracelet, an ongoing preoccupation for Rado, is today demonstrated in this wistful esthetic model. The bracelet is merely an extension of the case gradually getting narrower. Their lines fuse naturally together, a technical achievement despite its apparent simplicity resulting in a striking visual impact. The progressively reducing links with their matt ceramic finish lend a dynamic profile to the refined bracelet; it appears as one, hugging the wrist.
The properties of the material reinforce the serenity of the design. Dull luster. Clarity. Sensuality. The dial has a distinctive square silhouette with curved edges, on which the details are highlighted in white through a slightly iridescent surface. The indexes and hands stand apart in their effervescent quality. A finely brushed finish allows a continuous captivating play of light. Beneath the sapphire crystal are simply two counters, reducing it to its essential functionality, activated through two curved rectangular push-pieces.
Available in one size only, but with a three-hand option. A refined watch, quite restrained. Functional simplicity.