The Thinline family (all together, I don’t know why) always lives up to its (thin) name and offers watches that, in reality, jump from the category of thin to the category of “flat” or “extra-thin”, because the height of the watches is very small. In the case of these Rado True Thinline Nature is 5 mm. And that is only an advantage because the number of quartz watches of the same height as mechanical watches is infinite, and that takes away their interest as long as you can get automatic or manual watches for the price of quartz. Without leaving the Swatch Group you have these or these, to give just two examples.
However, just as there are very few extra-thin mechanical watches, there are not as many extra-thin quartz watches. It is true that quartz movements have it easier because they only need a button battery and not a rotor, a gear train, and so on. But they are also obliged to include the mechanism of movement of the needles and the plate that houses the mentioned battery, the quartz oscillator and all the electronic elements. For this reason, and because it is always more comfortable to work with space – and, let’s not lose sight of it, because not everyone likes very thin watches – quartz watches are usually not less than 10 mm high.
Rado True Thinline Nature is the result of a creative collaboration with Grandi Giardini Italiani, an organization that promotes the rich heritage of the great Italian gardens. This is why they take nature as their inspiration and hence their name: Leaf, Water, Earth. They are made of ceramics, both the case and the bracelet. And although the colours are simple, it is very difficult to reproduce them uniformly in ceramics, and that is where Rado’s unique knowledge is expressed to the fullest extent.
This is the moment when I have to repeat what I’ve always said: you have to test your ceramics to find out how it feels. Rado was a pioneer in the use of zirconium oxide and has never stopped using it because it is a material that has given him most of his identity. In watchmaking there are already a lot of different materials (as in the whole industrial world on the other hand), so many that many times the names of the materials sound more like marketing than reality. But real ceramics have some unique characteristics. A ceramic bracelet immediately adapts to the skin, is never cold or hot and the touch and appearance is surprisingly soft. It is, how could I explain it, like a very well polished titanium (that of the Grand Seiko for example), but with an even sweeter touch. And that’s not to mention its lightness. That’s why wearing an all-ceramic watch is a very different experience than usual. And it’s addictive.
At the moment I can say this of these precious Rado’s, thank you very much for reading these lines.
May the guardians of time give you a good day.