The Rado True Thinline collection is an assortment of minimalist dress watches with casings specially made from high-tech ceramic. They offer automatic and quartz watches that vary in theme, color, and design. Light, comfortable and sophisticated, these Rado watches are one of the Swiss brand’s ultimate creations, offering ultra-thin and scratch-resistant watches.
Among many famous Swiss watch brands, Rado is most recognized for its high-tech ceramic designed watches. They are globally known for using innovative materials that are high quality, accurate, and durable. However, the true spirit of the brand lies in their creative and unconventional designs like in their 2011 Rado True Thinline collection that garnered the attention of their loyal customers and fellow watch enthusiasts.
These round-shaped Rado watches have a modern, minimalist, and quirky design that stands out from their other collections. Their colorful Les Couleurs Le Corbusier watch series, for instance, contributes to the collection’s reputation since it features a wide range of light and dark solid colors from its casing down to its indexes and hands. Despite not having a lot of additional features or complications, these watches are the pinnacle of Rado’s creative masterpiece.
|Rado True Thinline Nature, R27006912||$2,200 USD||39mm|
|Rado True Thinline Gem, R27007702||$2,500 USD||39mm|
|Rado True Thinline Diamonds, R27742722||$2,400 USD||30mm|
|Rado True Thinline Automatic, R27088202||$2,700 USD||40mm|
|Rado True Thinline Les Couleurs Le Corbusier Pale Sienna 32123||$2,200 USD||39 mm|
|Rado True Thinline Anima, R27112312||$3,300 USD||40 mm|
|Rado True Thinline Stillness, R27015012||$3,300 USD||39mm|
|Rado True Thinline Deep Web, R27969182||$2,800 USD||40mm|
|Rado True Thinline Toge, R27009192||$2,200 USD||39mm|
|Rado True Thinline Studs, R27012105||$1,800 USD||39mm|
What is interesting about these Rado watches is their spectrum of eccentricity. Under the Rado True Thinline collection, they have sub-categories of watch models that vary mostly in color and dial design. In general, these Rado watches have a very minimal and sleek dial design since they have non-numerical indexes and hardly any additional features. These watches mostly have a time-only function with varying minimal decorations for their indexes and overall watch color.
First is the classic True Thinline series which firmly represents the collection since it introduces the customers to the general clean and simple designs they offer. The watches in this series are simple and run on a quartz movement. Most of the dial designs either have elongated stick indexes or none at all for a smooth dial finish. In addition, their dial designs also range from simple solid colors to gem studded to add flair.
For instance, the True Thinline ‘Nature’ Ref. R27006912 is one of their most well-known watches. It has a vibrant green design for its monobloc and ceramic casing and bracelet. In addition, it also has a green mother-of-pearl colored dial with intricate leaf designs to match its “nature” theme, and gold accents for its indexes and crown. With a price of $2,200 USD, you can get this beautifully themed nature watch with a quartz movement.
The True Thinline Automatic also has a variety of models in its series which come in dark shades of black, blue, and green. Unlike the previous sub-collection, these Rado watches for men have an automatic movement. The $2,700 USD True Thinline Automatic Ref. R27088202, for example, is one striking model with its glossy blue dial and dark grey monobloc ceramic casing and bracelet. Furthemore, this 40mm Rado watch includes a small date display at 6 o’clock and has non-numerical indexes with small minutes in between.
Next is the Rado True Thinline Gem Ref. R27007702, which is the only watch model in this category of Rado watches for women. What is unique about this limited-edition watch is the intricate design which gives an illusion of depth and thickness. Apparently, its faceted sapphire crystal case activates a play of light absorption which reflects and refracts light to create the illusion. The gold accents and small round diamond indexes on its dial add on to the sparkle, creating a truly dazzling gem.The True Thinline Gem is different from the previous watches because the design was worked on by a Spanish designer, Inma Bermúdez, who intended to use luxurious materials to create an interesting $2,500 USD quartz watch.
Similar to the Thinline Gem, the True Thinline Diamonds makes use of square diamonds for its indices. It is also part of the Rado ladies’ watch collections. There are only three variations available in black, grey, or white with each model having similar minimal features. The True Thinline Diamonds Ref. R27958722, for instance, is a $2,200 USD all-white ceramic watch with a quartz movement and gold hands, rim, and crown. This beautiful white and gold combination from its casing to its bracelet makes the watch a more premium design for diamond watch lovers.
Next is the Rado True Thinline Designer series, which are in collaboration with renowned designers from around the world. They have six variations of either automatic or quartz watches with completely different designs and names. In general, the designs are more experimental and quirky which gives character to the collection.
For instance, the True Thinline Deep Web has an intriguing metallic colored web pattern dial design. It does not have indices or hands, but the overlapping web-like discs in the dial actually create a mysterious semblance of hands. It was designed by an award-winning Austrian fashion designer, Flora Miranda, who wanted a watch that went beyond normalcy. With its eccentric design, this $2,800 USD automatic watch is part of Rado’s limited edition timepieces.
Last in the collection is their iconic and globally recognized Les Couleurs Le Corbusier unisex watches in beautiful solid pastel colors. For these Rado watches, the inspiration is based on the color palette of Le Corbusier’s “Architectural Polychromy”, which is a collection of standardized colors that elicits a certain visual harmony and clarity.
In 2019, Rado released nine different watches that include some of the colors from the “Architectural Polychromy.” For instance, the True Thinline Les Couleurs Le Corbusier Powerful Orange 4320s is a vibrant orange color that represents optimism and youthfulness. Meanwhile, the Les Couleurs™ Le Corbusier Cream White 32001 has a subtle cream color that disperses and reflects light to create a balanced and warm ambience. With the simple elongated stick indices and logo, these 30 m water resistant watches are really meant for showcasing Le Corbusier’s color theory. You can get each of these $2,200 USD unisex watches as a box set or individually.
With their wonderful collection of super slim watches, Rado adds a few more True Thinline watches that feature complexity and simplicity. In 2020, they released the True Thinline Anima Ref. R27112312 and the True Thinline Stillness Ref. R27015012 among many others. These two Rado watches still adhere to the brand’s creative interpretation of a modern ultra thin watch.
The True Thinline Stillness, for instance, is a bright white ceramic watch that represents time as a luxurious commodity of modern life. It was designed by renowned trend researcher, Li Edelkoort, who symbolized the stillness and clarity of life as purely white. Hence, this $2,200 USD quartz watch only has the hour-minute hands and nothing else to represent calmness.
Conversely, the True Thinline Anima is a big step from the previous model since this $3,300 USD watch has a more robust feature that accompanies its automatic mechanical movement. It is also ultra thin, and an olive green high-tech ceramic casing and bracelet material. The focal point of the watch, however, is the “open-heart” and automatic rotating date display.
Rado is part of the biggest Swiss watch brands that are known for their high quality use of materials and advanced technology. They are most especially famous for their high-tech ceramic watches that can either be metallic or matte. What is good about a ceramic watch is that it is lightweight, hypoallergenic, and durable. Overall, it is comfortable to wear because of its ultra thin and ceramic features. We can see this with their Rado True Thinline collection where they made use of these materials and combined it with modern designs.
Despite not having a lot of additional features or complications, these automatic and quartz watches still prove that they are capable of longevity since the material is also scratch resistant. Although they are super slim watches, their quality and aesthetics are considered to be one of the brand’s finest timepieces that are as durable as their thicker counterparts.
Founded in 1917, Rado started off as a small watchmaking factory with their first-ever Rado collection in the 1950s. From then on, they have created innovative products that fostered their reputation as a Swiss watch brand. In the ‘90s, they sought to revolutionize a watch using a “cermet”, which is a titanium-based ceramic combined with metal. This became the brand’s signature material and would later on create the Ceramica watch with a pioneering plasma high-tech ceramic.
From this rich history, the Rado True Thinline came to be in 2011 where they created these ultra-slim ceramic horological timepieces. These watches would be refined and improved on further with their many watch releases throughout the years. The recent True Thinline watches are the result of honed craftsmanship that now combines the modern curvatures of elegance and minimalism. They crossed even more horological boundaries with their True Thinline Designer and Les Couleurs Le Corbusier sub-collections, thus showing their unyielding determination to go above and beyond in innovation.
With the range of design available in this collection, we are here to tell you four reasons why you should buy a Rado True Thinline watch. From its simple and clean designs to its wide array of colors, these are truly Swiss watches that are worthy of its reputation.
1. Rado is famous for its high-tech ceramic watches. A watch made from ceramic is durable, comfortable, and hypoallergenic. This collection of ultra thin watches reveals Rado’s inventive spirit. They do offer thicker counterparts, but the experience of these super slim watches are a completely different kind of comfort.
2. They offer a wide range of minimalist and modern watch designs for those who are interested in subtler looking dress watches.
3. The limited-edition Les Couleurs Le Corbusier collection has some of their finest timepieces that are visually appealing and comfortable to wear.
4. Lastly, this collection has a wide selection of unisex watches with minimal designs and 39mm to 40 mm sizes.
The Rado True Thinline collection offers an array of automatic and quartz watches for men and women. These famous ultra-thin, high-tech ceramic watches are part of Rado’s finest timepieces. From minimal designs of black and grey to a whole colorful collection of the Les Couleurs Le Corbusier, you will be experiencing Rado’s selection of durable and comfortable watches.