Although water-resistant to 10 bar, its brown, vintage-leather strap suggests that, much as luxury crossover vehicles seldom see mud, this 37mm piece isn’t really intended for extreme adventures of the deep. It does, however, look every bit the part, with its oversized indexes; chunky, arrow-shaped hands; and a rotating bezel inset with scratch resistant black hi-tech ceramic. Inside is an automatic ETA C07.611 movement with 80 hours of power reserve. A women’s version has a dial studded with eight Top Wesselton diamonds, a white, hi-tech, ceramic bezel, and a fine-knit metal Milanese bracelet.
The 37mm case is a very elegant size, but for men who like to make more of an impression, Rado also offers a 45mm model, with a blue colour scheme on a blue or black textile strap. All dials feature a rather novel, rhodium-coloured, moving-anchor symbol with red background at noon. Priced at just less than $2 000 at time of launch in Basel. rado.com or swatch.com/en_za/