The Rado HyperChrome 1616 replica watches were unveiled at Baselworld 2016, and grabbed my attention as a very handsome watch from a brand a lot of “watch people” can often overlook. A powerful-looking watch inspired by the brand’s vintage Cape Horn collection of the late 1960s revisited with new materials and a contemporary movement, the Rado HyperChrome 1616 is worthy of a serious look from buyers.
Although Rado yellow gold fake watches have historic models in its portfolio – like the Original, Integral, Sintra, and Ceramic families – we are more accustomed to the classic rounded cases of the Rado HyperChrome and Diastar collections. While the most innovative case I can remember was the R-One Tron of 2012, it’s not the design but rather the pioneering use of materials, especially in the use of high-tech ceramic, on which Rado has built it’s reputation.
The new Rado HyperChrome 1616, whose direct ancestor is a 1971 model, comes in two bold versions: one in hardened titanium and another in high-tech, matte black ceramic. The original Cape Horn watch was made in stainless steel, a material with a hardness of around 200-250 Vickers. The new titanium model has a hardness of 1,000 Vickers, five times harder than steel and closer to the hardness of high-tech ceramic, which reaches 1,250 on the Vickers hardness scale.
Rado has always made durability its forte and has gone beyond the call of duty to develop superior materials that are resilient yet attractive and lightweight. The beefy 46 x 45.5 x 13.7mm case of the titanium model not only offers an extraordinary resilience to scratches – thanks to a treatment at a structural level to increase its hardness – it weighs in at just 106 grams, far less than you would expect from a watch this big.
Like its predecessor the Cape Horn, the new Rado HyperChrome 1616 comes in a pronounced cushion-shaped case but has upped the diameter by 10mm and features crown protectors to add an air of even greater solidity to the watch. The original synthetic Hesalite crystal covering the dial has been replaced with sapphire crystal while still respecting the slightly domed shape in keeping with the vintage spirit of this model.
The dial is faithful to the original Rado copy watches with a look that cannot hide the age of its conception. The hands and the yellow golden-colored faceted indices, along with the minutes and seconds tracks, are so much a product of the early 1970s that if this were a minute repeater Westminster carillon, it would play the opening bars of a Led Zeppelin song.