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Introducing: Rado True Square Open Heart with Silver Accents

The appeal of skeleton watches is the ability to see the intricacy of their mechanical micromovements – they are simultaneously futuristic and heavily influenced by traditional watchmaking. Rado have fully leaned into that dual personality of skeleton watches with their Open Heart variation on the True Square, which wouldn’t feel out of place in a techno-fantasy setting. And now the True Square Open Heart comes in a new colour variation with silver accents.

Let’s talk about the design. Immediately I want to start reaching for words like Steampunk and Cyberpunk because that’s the kind of child-like excitement that this watch inspires. The combination of the sharp lines of the bridges with the curves of the cut outs and the corners of the ceramic monobloc case give the watch a lively design, which is only emphasised by the amount of movement that’s visible.

Rado True Square Open Heart Automatic

The coiling and uncoiling of the balance spring, the clicking and ticking of the cogs and wheels, it’s the best of traditional Swiss mechanics presented as futuristic design. The movement is the C07 calibre, which is based on the ETA C07.111 Powermatic that’s a staple across many top brands. This version is no slouch either with an 80-hour power reserve – making this a practical watch as well as a statement design piece.

The True Square Open Heart has been around for a little while now but Rado has given it a little touch up for 2021. They’ve replaced the golden hands, indices and bevelled edges with a silvery tone. The difference is very subtle but makes an impact, making the watch feel a little more mature – a nice counterbalance to the wild design. It also matches the colour of the openwork movement and the Côtes de Genève finishing visible in the four corners.

The Open Heart version does sacrifice a bit of the utility of the regular True Square because the skeleton case has no room to support the normal calendar function, its usual space being occupied by the Rado logo. Although the case and bracelet are made from the same hardwearing ceramic as most of Rado’s top-end pieces, so it still has great durability.

Whether you appreciate this watch for its fantastical design or for its solid fundamentals rooted in watchmaking tradition, there’s a lot to like about this watch. It’s not a phenomenal piece of engineering like a chronograph or a fabulous work of art like the extreme end of haute horlogerie, but it’s fun and that’s enough. The price reflects that: £2090. It’s not an entry-level piece but neither is it the jewel in a collector’s crown.

Price & Specs:

Model: Rado True Square Open Heart
Ref: R27086152
Case/Dial: 38mm diameter x 9.7mm thickness, black high-tech ceramic
Water Resistance: 50m (5 bar)
Movement: Calibre C07 (based on the ETA C07.111), automatic, 25 jewels
Frequency: 21,600 vph (3 Hz)
Power Reserve: 80h
Functions: Central hours, minutes, hacking seconds
Strap: High-tech ceramic
Price/Availability: £2,090

More details at Rado.

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