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Rado Gives the Captain Cook High-Tech Ceramic Skeleton a Makeover in Plasma and Rose Gold

Rado Captain Cook High-Tech Ceramic Skeleton

Rado have long been one of the most prominent proponents of ceramic in watchmaking, exploring the material through many diverse projects. On the one hand you have collections like the Thinline that use the material’s strength to enable unusual artistic designs, and on the other hand you have the Captain Cook, a retro tool watch inspired by exploration and adventure. The latest addition to the Captain Cook collection is the High-Tech Ceramic Skeleton in a plasma and rose gold colourway.

Rado Captain Cook High-Tech Ceramic Skeleton

The new colourway is interesting because in some regards we’ve seen it before, just not in this exact configuration. When the High-Tech Ceramic Skeleton launched in 2021 there was a plasma model – plasma being Rado’s term for matte silver – and a black model with rose gold coloured accents. So now they’ve taken those rose gold accents and applied them to the plasma edition.

Rado Captain Cook High-Tech Ceramic Skeleton

Although there are a few other notable differences to the previous editions. This is the first time that the plasma colour has been used for the rotating bezel and it’s also the first time that the flange has been presented in rose gold. The result is a fresh interpretation of the 43mm ceramic watch that’s arguably the smartest and most attractive edition to date.

Rado Captain Cook High-Tech Ceramic Skeleton

Taking a closer look, you’ll also notice that the movement visible through the translucent dial is different. That’s because the Captain Cook High-Tech Ceramic Skeleton plasma and rose gold houses the R808 that was first introduced in the limited edition version from last year. The R808 has a great 80-hour power reserve and is equipped with an anti-magnetic Nivachron hairspring, which makes it nice and reliable. Plus, with Côtes de Genève finishing, it looks smart too.

Rado Captain Cook High-Tech Ceramic Skeleton

Rado’s new edition of the Captain Cook High-Tech Ceramic Skeleton is priced at £4,150, which feels appropriate as it’s less than the 2022 limited edition but more than the 2021 versions, an increase that is largely due to the updated movement. Looking at the whole Ceramic Skeleton range, the new piece is definitely near the top in terms of style, but if I’m being honest with myself, I probably still prefer the blue dial plasma original.

Price & Specs:

  • Model: Rado Captain Cook High-Tech Ceramic Skeleton
  • Ref: R32148162
  • Case/dial: 43mm diameter x 14.6mm thickness, high-tech ceramic case
  • Water resistance: 300m (30 bar)
  • Movement: Rado calibre R808, automatic, 25 jewels
  • Frequency: 21,600 vph (3 Hz)
  • Power reserve: 80h
  • Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds
  • Strap: High-Tech Ceramic bracelet
  • Price/availability: £4,150

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Michael Sonsino

As Digital Editor for Oracle Time, Michael needs an eye for detail, which makes it a good thing that his twin joys in life are miniatures and watches. He's a lifelong fan of fine timepieces, especially those of a more historic nature - if it has a twist of Art Deco, all the better. Recent purchase: Seiko Prospex 1959 Alpinist Modern Re-Interpretation. Grail watch: Vacheron Constantin Historiques American 1921.