Rado adds shades of blue to its two favourite skeletons

June 2024

Rado adds shades of blue to its two favourite skeletons

The True Square Skeleton and Captain Cook High-Tech Ceramic Skeleton both welcome a new colour, enhancing their freshness and versatility. The “Master of Materials” brand now brings its expertise in high-tech ceramic to stunning colours with an unforgettable, sensuous feel.


n deep, urban shades of late-night blue, the new versions of both the Captain Cook High-Tech Ceramic Skeleton and True Square Skeleton timepieces will stir unforgettable notes in the hearts of watch lovers everywhere. The world’s well-known Master of Materials brings its undeniable expertise in the creation of high-tech ceramic in gorgeous colours, to two Rado favourites. The deep elegance and character of two iconic timepieces, with new, added freshness and versatility in stunning navy blue, along with that same unmistakable, sensuous high-tech ceramic feel that no one can ever forget.

The True Square Skeleton is one of Rado’s best-known models. Its big and bold case with softly rounded corners has pleased watch wearers from the start and the addition of a skeleton see-through movement with contrasting elements and meticulous finishing, refined the product line to a new level of sophistication. The latest model, in deep blue, comes for the first time with a blue rubber strap that matches the case, and a newly designed clasp using a high-tech ceramic cover, also in blue.

Rado adds shades of blue to its two favourite skeletons

Inside, protected by a flat sapphire crystal with anti-reflective treatment on both faces, a superb R808 calibre with a NivachronTM hairspring, chosen for its resistance to shocks, temperature fluctuations and magnetic fields, ensures absolute precision. The movement was tested for accuracy in a full five positions and also provides up to 80 hours of power reserve. The titanium case back is fitted with an additional sapphire crystal, to allow a full view of the intricately skeletonised movement and its lovely geometrics and fascinating operation. The balance, hands, minute-wheel bridge, barrel and movement jewels are all openly visible for watch enthusiasts to delight over.

The companion Captain Cook High-Tech Ceramic Skeleton, a model appreciated for its adventurous character and rugged good looks, boasts a slightly different application of the new colour. The deep navy-blue wears a matt finish, particularly well-suited to the sportier Captain Cook, and the bezel teeth are polished to a bright shine that beautifully complements the signature box-shaped sapphire crystal. The glass is treated with an anti-reflective coating on both faces, for best readability, and a second sapphire crystal is set into the case back, to allow a full appreciation of the timepiece’s workings and skeletonised calibre. For the first time, the case back is finished in matching deep navy-blue PVD, in a timepiece where clearly, no detail was left to chance.

Rado adds shades of blue to its two favourite skeletons

The R808 movement, a marvel of watchmaking engineering and finishing, is equipped with a cutting-edge NivachronTM hairspring, highly resistant to shocks, thermal variations and magnetic fields. Tested in a full five positions for maximum accuracy, the 25-jewel, 3-hand movement is able to provide an impressive 80 hours of power reserve, so even the most passionate explorers will get the rest they need. The new Captain Cook Skeleton comes with a sporty, adventure-ready rubber strap in matching blue colour, for a note of everyday wearability next to that sophisticated high-tech ceramic case, stunning skeleton movement and polished bezel detailing. The rubber strap is light and body friendly, as the material quickly adapts to the wearer’s skin temperature for maximum comfort. Two models in a mysterious new shade, perfect for a lovely night of memorable blues, in a famous place and with a favourite friend.

This is exactly what Rado high-tech ceramic is all about. The ancient origins of its base material render its durability almost inevitable, but it is indeed a great testimonial to the know-how and experience of the “Master of Materials” that it has proven to be true. High-tech ceramic is a beautifully light substance, and one that is also magnificently scratch-resistant.

In itself, all that might be enough qualities to love, in one exceptional material, but surprisingly, it doesn’t stop there. Not only is ceramic durable and impervious to almost everything, it has a rare silkiness to the touch that makes for exquisite comfort against the skin. Place it over a human wrist — fine, large, gentle or rugged, and it feels like it was made to be there — since forever. This is of course particularly true for timepieces making use of ceramic elements also in their bracelet, where the sensory experience becomes total and absolutely unforgettable.

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