Rado watch company has made a name for itself as an innovator and pioneer. Starting in 1917 as the Schlup & Co. clock factory, the company grew to become Rado Uhren AG, inventor of the scratch-resistant sapphire crystal still widely used today. Rado went on to introduce Diastar 1, the first ceramic watch, and the Rado V10K, the world’s hardest watch.
Rado is also known for the cool elegance of its designs, and some of the finest can be seen in the Jubile editions where the company’s classic looks are embellished by the brilliant gleam of white diamonds. Jubile is a general term for these diamond editions, and each of the Rado lines has them.
Rado Jubile watches have a sleek, futuristic look that rejects the ornateness of older watch designs. The gleaming stones are used sparingly to enhance the simplicity of the dials, creating watches with an understated style.
An example is the Rado Centrix Jubile, a beautifully simple design. Here the dial is wide and round with no markings except the Rado emblem. The three, six, nine and twelve positions are each marked with two white diamonds, and there is a date window at three. The bezel is narrow and dark. It tapers into a rounded link bracelet of stainless steel.
The tasteful use of diamonds that characterizes the Jubile editions works well on a rectangular dial. A good example is the Rado Integral Jubile, in which a rectangular dial of gold-plated steel is embellished by the icy fire of tiny stones. Again the face is unmarked except for the inscription “Rado Jubile” and three diamonds on each side of the face. The hands are also gold, and the date window is at six. The link bracelet is the same width as the case, its lines emphasized by rows of tiny diamonds on the left and right of the dial.
Rado also makes Jubile editions of some of its chronograph watches. This is exemplified by the Rado Integral Chronograph Jubile, a handsome design with a rectangular face bearing a small second hand and two chronograph sub-dials. Here the face has second markers and oversized hour markers. The three smaller dials are square, emphasizing the straight lines of the face and case. A single row of white diamonds runs down either side of the case.
In the ladies’ models, the Jubile style produces watches of rare beauty and refinement. One of these is the Rado Hyperchrome M Automatic Jubile, a watch with a bracelet, case and dial of pure white. The three, six, nine and twelve positions are marked with single diamonds, and the date window is at three. There are no other markings except the logo. This watch is a thing of beauty, like a pearl carved into a wristwatch.