Introducing: The Rado True Blaze

By Stephen Pulvirent

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Creating design-minded watches with a little shine to them is stock and trade for Rado. The brand’s latest watch though, the True Blaze, adds something new to the mix. Created in partnership with designer Sam Amoia, the True Blaze has a new metallic dial that simulates the appearance of fine diamonds, bringing some serious sparkle. It’s definitely not for everyone, but it is worth a closer look.

The True Blaze starts out simply enough. It’s based on the True Automatic, one of Rado’s more popular models that sits at the core of its current collection. The case is 40mm across and 10.5mm thick, and is made of plasma high-tech ceramic, which gives it that unique color and shine. It looks like metal, but it’s not. The bracelet is also plasma high-tech ceramic, and it’s partially integrated into the case. Unlike the usual True Automatic watches, this one has no date window. Through the back you can see the ETA C07.611 movement, with it gold-colored winding rotor and 80-hour power reserve. This is the same caliber that powers Tissot’s Powermatic 80 watches (with different branding, of course) and it is based on the well-known ETA 2824-2.

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The True Blaze definitely has that Instagram-worthy “designer” feel.

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The True Blaze definitely has that Instagram-worthy “designer” feel.

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The markers and signature sit on the underside of the crystal so they don’t disrupt the dial itself.

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The markers and signature sit on the underside of the crystal so they don’t disrupt the dial itself.

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The ETA C07.611 movement offers an 80-hour power reserve.

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The ETA C07.611 movement offers an 80-hour power reserve.

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On the wrist the watch looks a little more toned-down than in the renderings.

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On the wrist the watch looks a little more toned-down than in the renderings.

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Sam Amoia is just one of a few designers that will create limited editions with Rado this year.

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Sam Amoia is just one of a few designers that will create limited editions with Rado this year.

This watch is really all about that dial though. If you’re familiar with Sam Amoia’s furniture, it will make perfect sense. The American designer is known for working with metal and stone fragments to create detailed textures on otherwise straightforward forms. And …read more      

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