As the quality of life improves, the requirements for the items around us are getting higher. It is precisely because of this high demand that it will promote the continuous upgrading of science and technology and further enrich our lives. For men, in addition to suits and briefcases, watches are also essential decorations. But do you really know the watch on your wrist? How long does it takes for a watch to go from concept to delivery? Let’s take a look at the craftsmanship of the watch from the most representative Rado.
In the view of Rado, the design always goes hand in hand with the possibilities of new materials and technical equipment. The brand used high-tech ceramic material in rectangular or angular case and bracelet in the 1980s for the first time.
The round high-tech ceramic shape is theoretically possible, but it is a nightmare for the mechanical technology at the time. Today’s high-tech ceramics are injection molded rather than old-fashioned stamping technology, which gives the brand greater freedom in design.
The evolution behind the Rado True watch case shows how technological advancement has advanced the design of high-tech ceramic watches. In fact, the case of True watch has undergone numerous design evolution, all of which began with the 2000 Rado Xeramo.
Rado True Xeramo black high-tech ceramic imitated watch
The side edges of the round case of the Rado True Xeramo watch make it extremely recognizable, but don’t confuse your eyes. This case is a one-piece process.
At the time, Xeramo watch, like all high-tech ceramic watches, was made of high-tech ceramic-wrapped steel frames. The design of the early case has a large bezel because it has to cover its steel frame. In 2006, Xeramo watch developed into the first Rado True watch. During this period, there were no polished high-tech ceramic watches on the market, and matte high-tech ceramic watches also appeared.
The design of high-tech ceramic watch is more complicated.
Mold development is a big project: all screw holes, openings and indentation must be within the planned range, in order to be as close as possible to the ultimate product. And it is necessary to take into account the 23% shrinkage of the finished product.
While the mold cannot be run, and the designer must work with maximum precision and be 100% sure of the design. This reality prompted the design team to follow five work steps: manual drawing, computer generated sketch, 3D printing with hard wax, disposable steel or machined ceramic prototype and mold design.
Therefore, there is no doubt that the design and production of high-tech ceramic watches is more complicated than steel watches. Responsibly, the process from idea to finished watch takes two to three years.