Rado’s Blaze headlines the True Collection

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May 2017

The Swiss watchmaker has broadened its popular True Collection, with the True Blaze stealing the show.

In 2017, the Rado True collection expanded to include an exclusive series of limited edition timepieces. Each has been made in collaboration with a talented designer, so let’s take a look at what the partnerships have delivered.

To begin, we have the Rado True Phospho, which has been co-designed with Big-Game. The watch embraces minimalism, housed in a matt ceramic case with matching bracelet. The brass dial is perforated, allowing the automatic movement below to peek through – a nice modern approach to the traditional skeleton watch.

Rado's Blaze headlines the True Collection

Another option is the Rado True Stratum, a contemporary beauty with asymmetrically arranged descending steps on its face. Co-designed by Rainer Mutsch, the watch has even more depth thanks to the brand’s familiar black dot applied directly to the underside of the sapphire crystal, casting a shadow on the dial.

Then there is the Rado True Blaze, which has been co-designed with Sam Amoia. The True Blaze is a celebration of glitz and glam, housed in a plasma high-tech 40 mm ceramic case and has the look of a sparkly disco ball.

Rado's Blaze headlines the True Collection

The dial appears as if the American designer has sprinkled it with infinite small diamonds - but in reality the dial is a solid piece of metal. Its stunning effect is achieved by a special galvanic treatment to create a unique texture on the dial.

The True Blaze is actually based on the Rado True Automatic, which is one of the watchmaker’s more popular models. On the inside we have the ETA C07.611 movement, which can be appreciated through the case back on the off chance that you get tired of looking at the dial.

Rado's Blaze headlines the True Collection

This movement in particular is based on the familiar ETA 2824-2 and it’s the same one that powers other Swatch models, including the Tissot Powermatic 80. It can deliver up to 80 hours of autonomy and also boasts a nicely finished rotor.

The fact that all this is packaged in a case that is just a hair over 10mm thick also ensures a comfortable fit around the wrist.

Rado's Blaze headlines the True Collection

But that comfort and sparkle will come at a price – which I reckon is reasonable enough considering the overall package. The True Blaze has been released in a limited edition of 1001 pieces – each selling for $2,200 USD.