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Rado celebrates the great gardens with its new collection of watches

As fall continues its journey through the northern hemisphere, connecting summer and winter with its growing cold, Rado’s True x Great Gardens of the World watches are wonderful reminders of the role that gardens – and those who create them – play in our lives, whatever the season.

The Swiss watch brand, in collaboration with the Grands Jardins du Monde, a global network of gardens, garden architects and international landscape architects, celebrates living art in three new watches. The new collection is part of the continuity of a partnership initiated in 2017 with Grandi Giardini Italiani, which led to the creation of the True Thinline Nature collection, a set of limited edition timepieces.

The three new watches

First, the technical specifications… Each of the three 40 mm timepieces is powered by the Rado R763 automatic caliber with an antimagnetic Nivachron ™ hairspring. Its functions include hours, minutes and central seconds and date. Rose gold-colored hands punctuate the dials, as well as a date window at 3 o’clock. Each watch has a one-piece ceramic case mounted on a ceramic strap with a folding clasp. The watches are water resistant to 5 bar (50 m).

“Great Gardens of the World” is imprinted on the anti-reflective sapphire crystal, along with the chapter number of the watch. The titanium casebacks have smoked sapphire windows to allow a view of the movement, which offers 80 hours of power reserve.

The first in the series, Chapter 1, is dressed in turquoise ceramic and features a mother-of-pearl dial in a matching hue with an exquisite nature-inspired motif in a gentle sweep across its surface. A Top Wesselton diamond marks each index and adds a delicate sparkle to the floral motif. The date window at 3 o’clock is discreet, as is the adjacent polished turquoise ceramic crown.

The second model, Chapter 2, is in black ceramic, designed to suggest a forest garden at night, according to Rado. The black mother-of-pearl dial is illuminated with dazzling jasmine flowers and Top Wesselton diamonds mark the hours. The caseback is in black PVD-treated titanium and the crown is in polished black ceramic to match the case.

Chapter 3, in black ceramic, features a black mother-of-pearl dial surrounding a smaller dial, with diamonds serving as a demarcation. The diamond indexes on the mother-of-pearl part of the dial add a touch of elegance. The finely engraved oak leaf pattern is subtle and elegant.

I think each of these watches is uniquely beautiful, incorporating many aspects that gardens impart, from color and unique shapes to stark, meditative beauty. The former Rado True Thinline Nature has thus become those remarkable pieces that combine Rado’s penchant for the masterful use of high-tech materials with a wider celebration of creativity.

Rado says it best:

“Indeed, the Grands Jardins du Monde are a lasting testimony to the power of human creativity and daring and relentless survival instincts. [These are] sometimes contested, but always healed by care and courage, often by the hand of man – the same hand that masterfully shapes, sculpts and sculpts every little part that becomes a magnificent piece of timepiece or a fabulous, inspiring garden.


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