Swiss watch brand Rado has collaborated with award-winning Italian-Dutch designers Andrea Trimarchi and Simone Farresin to create the True Square Formafantasma automatic wristwatch with square shaped, high-tech ceramic case.
Taking the base of the ground-breaking new full high-tech ceramic True Square, this special design edition draws on the historic idea of a closed watch to create a bold and impactful style statement that is designed to stand the test of time.
The idea of the closed watch refers back to historical pocket watches. The housing of the watch was made to protect the delicate dial and mechanism inside. Only a small opening gave a glimpse of the time – the true function of the watch. The watch houses a high-quality Swiss-made automatic three-hand movement with a power reserve of 80 hours.
The True Square Formafantasma uses an extra layer of high-tech ceramic as the ultimate scratch-resistant protective layer in which a small window for the dial has been made. The window itself is protected by sapphire crystal, yet another super scratch-resistant layer.
The bracelet is also matt light grey high-tech ceramic titanium with a comfortable 3-fold clasp, and the titanium case back is hypoallergenic. They were all chosen for their tactility and embrace a distinct, unusual light grey tone-on-tone approach. The design comes not only from the inspiration of pocket watches, but also from the name of the design duo themselves. The ghostly appearance comes from both the monochromatic light grey construction and the ‘floating’ presence of the dial through the small aperture.
Studio Formafantasma represents two Italian designers – Andrea Trimarchi and Simone Farresin – based in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. In perceiving their role as a bridge between craft, industry, object and user, they are interested in forging links between their research-based practice and a wider design industry.
Whether designing or investigating alternative applications of materials, Studio Formafantasma apply the same rigorous attention to context, process and detail to every project they undertake. The added nuance for the duo is that they do so with an eye to the historical, political and social forces, which have shaped their environments. Their work has been presented and published internationally and museums have all acquired Formafantasma’s designs for their permanent collections.
Model: Rado True Square Formafantasma
11½ ETA C07. 611, automatic, 25 jewels, 3 hands
Up to 80 hours power reserve
Matt light grey high-tech ceramic case, monobloc construction
Sandblasted titanium case back
Matt light grey high-tech ceramic crown
Vertical brushed light grey high-tech ceramic front cover with small
Sapphire aperture with anti-reflective coating on both sides
Water-resistant to 5 bar (50m)
Dimensions: 38.0 x 44.2 x 10.4 (WxLxH in mm)
Matt light grey
Hands: shiny black
Matt light grey high-tech ceramic
Titanium 3-fold clasp