Essential Macau | Rado celebrates the 20th anniversary of Macau SAR

The Swiss watch brand introduces a limitededition timepiece to celebrate this special year for the region

December 2019 is a special time for this city – it marks the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the Macau Special Administrative Region. In celebration of this meaningful date, Swiss watch brand Rado has designed a special edition HyperChrome 1616, which is limited to 888 pieces in the world.

The release of this model proves the Swiss brand’s dedication to the spirit of discovery. Designed in a distinctively cushion-shaped case that has a diameter of 46mm, which is fairly large on the wrist, one may argue that the huge jump in size (approximately 10mm) from the original 1970s model is a little over the top. However, despite the humongous size, the watch sits perfectly on the wrist without weighing it down, thanks to the use of innovative light elements like Rado’s very own specialty material: high-tech ceramic and titanium.

 The most striking feature of the watch is the dark green dial, which represents the regional flag of Macau. A red anchor or ‘symbol of Rado’ is located at its usual position (below the 12 o’clock mark), which showcases the brave, fearless sprit of the brand and the city.

The Rado Hyperchrome 1616 is powered by an ETA automatic movement, specifically the Caliber CO7.621, which is an evolution of the classic 2824-2 movement. The dial shows the hours, minutes, seconds, day and date, while the movement is also enabled to boast a power reserve of a phenomenal 80 hours and water resistance up to 10 bar (100m).

To imbue the watch with even more special meaning, the brand invited local artist Fortes to create a special leather pouch for customers. Fortes is a famous illustrator, visual artist and main vocalist of the band Blademark. Especially for this watch, he created an illustration entitled “The Light of Hope”, which showcases the shared values of the brand and the city, which are both brave, creative, and respectful of tradition. He also wants to show his blessing to Macau for a bright future.