More streamlined, more modern, and more in keeping with the times.
The first time Konstantin Grcic (say grich-ich) wore a Rado Ceramica was 25 years ago – at a German Vogue shoot. The stylist for the shoot thought the timepiece reflected the Munich-born industrial designer’s sensibility – a taste for simple but highquality products. Well, Grcic is the mastermind behind some of the world’s iconic designs: the Flos Mayday lamp (which doubles as a stool), and the Myto chair for Italian furniture company Plank. The next time Grcic interacted with Rado was last year, when the Swiss watch brand enlisted the designer’s minimalist eye to do the near impossible: update the Rado Ceramica. The watch has been a highly regarded piece since its debut in 1990, for its single-unit bracelet and case. It has been tweaked and modified 11 times, but its shape has never changed. Till now. So how did Grcic re-image something that has already inspired others (the Apple watch is one)? Subtly. He curved the previously rulerstraight edges. Then he applied the simplicity of pilot watches and their straightforward graphics. The original Ceramica was groundbreaking. This new product with four models is awe-inspiring.
The man of the hour: German industrial designer Konstantin Grcic, 51, on one of his most recognisable works, the Chair One for Italian furniture designer and retailer Magis.
Diamonds on index, which is available in two sizes (men’s and women’s) and in black or glossy white, $3,020
Men’s matte, $2,760, limited to 701 pieces. Men’s matte, $2,760
Glossy in two sizes (men’s and women’s), $2,760
Available from early December, exclusively at Rado’s boutique at The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands.