You know what? There’s something reassuringly old school, about a power reserve indicator on a watch dial. It goes all the way back to the 1940s bumper automatics from Omega and JLC we reckon, just knowing that your watch had some charge..or needed a shakedown.
So this Rado Coupole, despite its slightly pretentious name, wins an upvote from us at NWC mag. It has that classic car dashboard feel and the fume brown dial is arguably the best of the four different dial colourways.
Plus, it isn’t ceramic pottery, which is a bonus. Price of replacing those broken links, eh Rado fans?
At 41mm across it’s a nice compromise size, you get a sapphire crystal naturally and a big crown too. Inside you’ll find the same ETA derived automatic movement that powers other watches across the Swatch empire, so you have a reliable unit.
The only downside is the RRP of £1550 which is steep for something that shares a movement, give or take a few tweaks, with a Hamilton that retails for 1100 quid less.
OK, we are not sure how Rado are getting away with naming a watch after Captain Cook, that well known colonialist type explorer and general all-round white privilege guy. These are the times we live in, we don’t buy into cancel culture by the way.
Anyway the popular Captain Cook watch now has a ceramic case edition, and although we just aren’t that keen on wearing watches – or bracelets – made from pottery, here’s the press info for you Rado fans out there;
The Captain Cook High-Tech Ceramic is the culmination of many years of research and development together with the history and tradition of the Rado Captain Cook.
The further development of the Captain Cook collection in high-tech ceramic is Rado’s DNA in its purest form. It features some of the brand’s most stellar achievements such as Rado’s innovative high-tech ceramic monobloc case construction, scratch-resistant and hypoallergenic high-tech ceramic, powered by the premium Rado calibre R734 featuring a Nivachron™ hairspring.
The innovative Nivachron™ hairspring provides an advantage in everyday life by protecting the timepiece from magnetic fields.
The Captain Cook Ceramic is presented for the first time in a case size of 43mm, and in four versions.
A first version in black high-tech ceramic case and bracelet with a hardened stainless steel turning bezel and black high-tech ceramic insert.
A second model holds this same case and dial but is offered with a rubber strap for those who prefer a more casual look. A third version is offered similarly in black high-tech ceramic case and bracelet but with contrasting rose gold coloured PVD coated stainless steel turning bezel, and black high-tech ceramic insert.
Followed by the fourth model, a highly distinct plasma high-tech ceramic case and bracelet, with hardened stainless steel bezel, and blue high-tech ceramic insert.
All the references are powered by the Rado calibre R734 characterised by a strong 80 hours power reserve, and up to 30 bar (300m) water resistance. The dial and case back are stunningly crafted in black tinted sapphire crystal allowing its wearer to explore and admire the inner workings of the skeletonised movement in a subtle manner, whilst still proving to be legible.
As the triangle on the bezel, the indexes, and the classic Captain Cook chunky arrow hands on the dial are filled with white Super-LumiNova®, the watch offers clear visibility in the dark.
This magnificent sapphire dial is also home to the iconic Rado rotating anchor at 12 o’clock, and is protected by a chevé box sapphire crystal.
The new Captain Cook Ceramic is a mechanical masterpiece that needs to be felt to appreciate its lightness and wearer comfort besides its stunning looks. The Captain Cook High-Tech Ceramic is Rado’s DNA at its fullest. Welcome aboard.
Here’s one we missed from December, the new Rado Captain Cook Burgundy model. Here’s the word from Rado;
One look at the new Captain Cook bronze burgundy dial is all it takes to understand the grandeur of this timepiece. Rado is proud to present its new version of the Captain Cook bronze with the much awaited burgundy high-tech ceramic bezel.
It is not unusual for Rado to make such striking material combinations, and the ‘The Master of Materials’ once again plays with a modern material like high-tech ceramic and the oldest material created by men – bronze. The result is a timepiece that enamours with its brushed bronze case, bronze turning bezel with burgundy high-tech ceramic insert and laser engraved numbers and markers. The burgundy sunray brushed dial clearly contrasts against the yellow gold coloured applied indexes, but blends easily with the classic red-date display from Rado.
Its indexes, numbers, hands and markers are all powered with Super-LumiNova® that allows clear visibility in the dark, and whose looks remain almost untouched from the 1962 original Captain Cook, giving it a natural vintage look. However, diverging from the original, this timepiece is powered with the 11½ Rado calibre 763 movement prodiving 80 hours power reserve.
Red tones are known to be the hardest to be replicated in ceramics, and even more a challenge to be used in watches, that now the watchmaker from Lengnau can add to its many materials’ achievements.
Verdict: Handsome design and the NATO strap adds a certain adventure sport look. Ceramic bezels add an extra level of durability too. It’s a pricy watch at about £2400 mainly because Rado don’t generally hold their resale value too well. We like the DC Leake jewellers green Captain Cook better at two grand in the Sale.