rom its inception, the Captain Cook line was associated with strong character and uncompromising innovation in both design and materials. The latest in the series again breaks new ground, with a full-ceramic rotating bezel sporting a black, laser-etched ceramic insert with bright, bold numbers and markers in stylish relief. Next to the matt-black high-tech ceramic case and its slightly smoky sapphire dial surface, the design shows that uncompromising character so much in keeping with well-known, recognizable Captain Cook tradition.
The watch lover’s eye is immediately captured. The visual composition is rhythmic and strong, between the bezel markers, numerals, and the dial’s large indices behind the box-shaped sapphire crystal so typical of the Captain Cook. The hour and minute hands, visible even in low-light conditions thanks to the Super-LumiNova® treatment and their broad, almost playful shapes, carry the theme onward, for this exquisite timepiece with zero compromise, anywhere. The original Captain Cook has come of age, with the best of its strong visual tradition enhanced by Rado’s Art of Ceramic and truly cutting-edge 2022 technology.
Rado’s ingenious use of a monobloc design allows for a thinner case than one would have predicted, in such a virile timepiece. Inside, a three-hand, 25-jewel, state-of-the-art R808 movement exceeds standard accuracy test requirements from 3 to 5 positions, thanks to its antimagnetic NivachronTM hairspring and uncompromising Rado production technics. The smoky crystal atmosphere carries over into the PVD-treated titanium case back and its black-tinted sapphire crystal window, allowing a treasured glimpse into the exquisite movement’s airy, open, horizontal platine design and its Côtes-de-Genève engraving, as well as the yellow-finished train bridge.
Everywhere in the visual design of the new Captain Cook High-Tech Ceramic Limited Edition, one finds subtle, tasteful contrasts and accents, signs of a product line that has now fully matured. Rarely does a timepiece bring together to such an extent, modern materials technology and the finest in the timepiece designer’s art, visible down into the smallest detail. Here, even the automatic movement’s oscillating weight echoes the shape of the famous Rado anchor, something that real connoisseurs are sure to notice. Beautifully rounding out the design is a matt-black bracelet in high-tech ceramic, with a titanium triple-fold clasp equipped with ceramic push-buttons. Maturity in the watchmaker’s art, from the Master of Materials.
Rado calibre R808, automatic, 25 jewels, 3 hands, 80-hour power reserve, antimagnetic Nivachron™ hairspring, exceeds standard test requirements from 3 to 5 positions for higher accuracy
Matt black high-tech ceramic case, monobloc construction High-tech ceramic turning bezel with a laser structured black high-tech ceramic insert with relief numbers and markers, triangle in matt metallised yellow gold coloured Circular brushed, black PVD coated titanium case back with black-tinted sapphire crystalBlack high-tech ceramic screw-down crown Box-shaped sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating on both faces Water-resistant to 30 bar (300m) Special engraving on case back: LIMITED EDITION N° XXX/1962
Black, slightly black-tinted sapphire crystal Brushed, yellow gold coloured applied indexes with black Super-LumiNova®, blue light Brushed, yellow gold coloured moving anchor symbol with synthetic ruby backplate Yellow gold coloured printed Rado and Captain Cook logos mention of 300m / 1000ft
Brushed, yellow with black Super-LumiNova®, blue light
Matt black high-tech ceramic Titanium 3-fold clasp with black high-tech ceramic openers
Dimensions43.0 x 49.8 x 14.6 (WxLxH in mm)