Rado’s new HyperChrome 1616 is inspired by the discovery of Cape Horn
Rado is beefing up its collection with the HyperChrome 1616, an oversized hypermasculine ode to the spirit of discovery. A reinterpretation of Rado’s vintage Cape Horn collection, the pioneering Swiss watchmaker’s HyperChrome 1616 pays tribute to the 400-year anniversary of the brave discovery of this South American headland.
In 1616, two Dutch merchants pushed the limits of exploration with their discovery of Cape Horn, located at the tip of South America in a treacherous sailing route where the Atlantic collides with the Pacific. And now, 400 after the discovery of the watch’s namesake, Rado has relaunched its vintage Cape Horn collection—first introduced in the late 60s—with an innovative twist that reflects the brand’s ongoing quest for unprecedented designs and materials.
Rugged look, revolutionary construction The HyperChrome 1616 is the latest example of Rado’s boundary-pushing approach. In terms of both form and function, it is an audacious timepiece: Its angular case measures 46 mm, and it is available in two colours—black or metallic—each with an extra-wide leather strap. The watch features the brand’s signature high-tech ceramic, or titanium with an exclusive hardening treatment that is new to Rado’s range of materials.
Despite its hefty look, the timepiece is light because of the use of titanium and the brand’s own innovation of high-tech ceramic that is both harder and lighter than steel. Achieving a hardness of 1000 Vickers, the hardening treatment makes the titanium five times harder than watchmaking steel while being only half its weight.