January 24, 2013

Rado HyperChrome XXL Chronograph Review

Rado HyperChrome XXL Ceramic Watch Review
  Rado is no stranger to using ceramic in watch making, in fact they were at the forefront of this revolution. The Rado HyperChrome XXL Chronograph is possibly the best looking, "affordable" ceramic watch currently on the market (ref.600.0275.3.015). The HyperChrome was unveiled at last years BaselWorld and was officially released later in 2012.
  What's one of the biggest downsides to the trendy all black watch market? The finish/PVD scratches easily and reveals shiny stainless steel under the finish. Kinda like a black car, looks great when it is clean... Ceramic does not have this issue, no scratching, and no stainless steel. Enter the HyperChrome XXL Chronograph with it's all ceramic bracelet, bezel, and most of the case. The watch is quite elegant, with it's contrasting black ceramic and "chrome" high polished finishes. The dial features standard positioning for the chronograph subdials, typical of the ETA 2894-2 powering the watch. There is a date window tucked away at the 4:30 position. W&R really likes how Rado laid out the date window, circular, black date wheel, with contrasting numbers. Being a round window, opposed to square, it flows rather nicely with the chronograph subdials. 

 The HyperChrome is a very large watch for Rado. Coming in at a respectable 45mm, no doubt where the "XXL" in the name came from. Rado has also made the HyperChrome available for women, with a case size of 36mm. This side profile shows off the true beauty and design of the watch. The high polished sides flow seamlessly with case. A black crown, with an embedded anchor, along with the pushers, add the finishing touch to this watch. If you are looking for good lume, this would not be the watch for you. That said, it does have the appropriate amount of lume for a dressy sport watch and Rado used Super-LumiNova. The water resistance is an average 100m. This is in line with what W&R would expect for this style of watch in general. Want an all black watch, with out all the usually wear and tear concerns? Check out the Rado HyperChrome XXL, it just might be the solution you've been looking for.

Pros - scratch resistant, smooth lines
Consideration - price point for a standard ETA movement

Specifications & Dimensions:
Case: Black Ceramic
Case Diameter: 45mm
Bracelet: Black Ceramic
Lug Width: 22mm
Crystal: Sapphire
Bezel: Black Ceramic
Movement: ETA 2894-2
Power Reserve: Estimated 42 hours
Water Resistant: 100M


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