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Rado Hyperchrome XXL Court Collection ‘Grass Court’ Watch

Posted on 12 June 2015 | 8:30 am by omega watches,omega seamaster

Rado Hyperchrome
 Today let's introduce the Rado Hyperchrome XXL Court Collection ‘Grass Court’ Watch.
The HyperChrome Court collection is Rado’s way of telling the world that they are serious about tennis. This mini-collection consists of three pieces, all matt dark grey with blue, green or orange accents, each one of them representing a different playing surface. The hard court is represented by the blue version, grass by the green and clay by the orange. The model I got for this review is the one representing the hard court surface.
Above the Rado logo on the dial, located on 12 o’clock, you will see the logo that rotates equally with the movement’s rotor. A fun little detail on this otherwise serious sports watch.
This HyperChrome collection was originally introduced in 2012, using a monobloc case construction (not to be confused with monocoq). This basically means that the watch case is made of one block of ceramic instead of ceramics used on a stainless steel core (as it was done in the past).
You can debate whether a 45mm diameter case is really comfortable being a sports watch and all, but I’ve found it to be quite good actually. A little side note is that I don’t do sports. The ceramic bracelet give the entire watch an integrated look & feel. Although I’d prefer a rubber HyperChrome strap if I were to buy the watch myself, the ceramic bracelet definitely gives the watch substance.
Flipping the watch around, you will see the mechanic movement used by Rado, based on ETA’s 2894-2 chronograph movement. The movement has a nice optical finish on the plate and bridge and Rado made sure to put a black rotor on there with ‘Rado Switzerland’ printed in white. Four screws are used to keep the caseback in place on the watch case. The watch is water resistant to 100 meters (10ATM). Both sides of the case use a sapphire crystal of course.
The design of the Rado HyperChrome is very nice and ergonomic, despite the large size of the case. I would even say that design is probably still the most important aspect why one should buy this watch, besides the fact that it is a nice mechanical chronograph sports watch. The guy (or girl) who has a weak spot for design furniture, design HiFi (B&O or Loewe) and sports definitely should take a look at this Rado HyperChrome Court Collection, available in a few different colours (also orange and blue as well as white ceramics).
The price of the Rado HyperChrome Court Collection on a ceramic bracelet is $4600.- USD. The rubber strap version is priced at $4300.- USD and would my own preference.

Technical specs

Black matt high-tech ceramic case with sandblasted stainless steel side inserts.
Black matt high-tech ceramic case back with sapphire crystal
Stainless steel and black rubber moulded crown
Stainless steel pushers
Water-resistant to 10 bar (100m)
Dimensions: 45 x 51 x 13 mm
12 ½ ETA 2894-2, automatic chronograph, 37 jewels, 6 hands, date at 4:30, 42 hour power reserve, small seconds, 12-hour, 30-minute and 60-second counters, black oscillating rotor, decorated movement
Officially it’s described as black rubber, but I would say it’s more of a dark grey color with blue line and Rado logo.

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