Florence classic

Rado revisits Renaissance Florence

Rado revisits Renaissance Florence
Swiss watchmaker Rado has taken a fresh look at its Florence collection, named after the Italian city at the heart of the Renaissance. Like Renaissance artists themselves, the new Florence Classic collection takes inspiration from the enduring beauty of classical Greek and Roman art and architecture. The soaring towers and graceful domes of Renaissance Florence find contemporary reflections in the elegant lines and harmonious proportions of the new models in polished stainless steel. They are presented in sets of complementary men’s and women’s models with slim profiles and tapered seven-link bracelets, each pair an ideal gift for couples.

This re-interpretation of the popular Rado line presents a number of finely finished new design elements, immediately evident in the elegant pair featuring a black lacquered dial held in a polished stainless steel case and bezel beneath a curved sapphire crystal with newly developed bevelled and metallised black edges. Rhodium-plated hands glide above four full-cut diamonds set as indexes at hours 3, 6, 9 and 12. Their sparkling presence is underscored and celebrated in the new Florence Classic collection by the return, of the famous Jubilé logo. First used to indicate the use of genuine top-class – rather than synthetic – diamonds, its reappearance is an elegant evocation of the brand’s past and present dedication to the highest quality in materials and design. The logo is printed here in a silver hue above the date window at 6 o’clock. This classic Rado model is further enhanced by the use of polished stainless steel for crown and bracelet, the latter a true 7-link version with newly designed lugs.

A second pair presents the curved sapphire crystal with bevelled and metallised yellow gold-coloured band surrounding a sunbrushed white dial with yellow gold-coloured hands and indexes mounted at 3, 6, 9 and 12 o’clock. The yellow gold colour of the bezel, crown and metallisation band is reprised on the polished stainless steel bracelet with three alternating middle links in yellow gold PVD. These are only two of the 7 pairs – 14 models in all – comprising the new Florence Classic collection.

Inspired by the light in the streets of Florence

The play of light and shadow in Florentine streets finds an echo in contrasting surface hues throughout the collection. Each of the new designs comes in matching 38 and 30mm diameter models for men and women. Stainless steel cases are a slim 8.7 and 7.8 mm high, respectively, and are worn with 7-link stainless steel bracelets tapering to 19 and 15.8 mm. All bracelets are fashioned in polished and/or coloured stainless steel, offering supple flexibility and exceptional wearer comfort thanks to an innovative lug design and true 7-link construction.

Rado Florence Classic men’s and women’s watches are three-hand models with a date at 6 o’clock. All are powered by robust Rado R073/R079 quartz movements featuring PreciDrive and HeavyDrive technologies, which ensure enhanced accuracy and improved resistance to shocks. All models are water resistant to 5 bar (50 metres).


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