Rado is courtside at the Queen’s Club in London as the Official Timekeeper of the Aegon Championships
News this week that we’re in for one of the wettest Junes on record hasn’t dampened the spirits of tennis fans heading to the Queen’s Club in London for the Aegon Championships, which runs until June 19. The tournament, which was first established in 1890, was named the ATP Tournament of the Year for the third time in row this year and attracts thousands of fans from around the world, who come to see many of the top players battle it out on grass in the lead-up to Wimbledon.
As the tournament’s Official Timekeeper, Swiss brand Rado is represented on court with clocks timing every second of every match. Visitors can also pop by the Rado booth to discover the brand’s latest collections, including the Rado HyperChrome Match Point, the tournament’s Official Watch.
For many of us, going to the tennis is one of the great joys of the British summer season, a chance to dress up for the day and enjoy a glass of Pimm’s and strawberries and cream – inevitably huddled under an umbrella. But while you’re deciding what to wear on the day, don’t forget to choose the perfect Rado timepiece from Goldsmiths to complement your outfit.
To get you started, we’ve picked out four Rado watches, including the new Rado HyperChrome Match Point – all available at Goldsmiths stores and online – so you look the part this summer.
Rado HyperChrome Match Point Limited Edition Watch
Tennis is the name of the game for the tournament’s Official Watch – the Rado HyperChrome Match Point. In a nod to the game’s scoring system, the seconds counter is marked at 00, 15 and 40, and the chronograph minute counter at 30, while the chronograph hours counter has an intricate net-like design.
The watch also features the HyperChrome collection’s distinctive one-piece monobloc case, and it stands out from the crowd thanks to the tachymeter scale engraved around the polished bezel.
Rado has made the watch from plasma high-tech ceramic using its patented plasma carburisation process, in which the ceramic is placed in an oven at temperatures of up to 20,000C. This gives the watch its unique metallic shine that will look the part on and off the tennis courts. Only 999 individually numbered pieces will be made.
Rado Centrix Automatic Open Heart Watch
For the inevitable lulls in between tennis matches, choose a talking point timepiece such as the Rado Centrix Automatic Open Heart. Rado has given this eye-catching 38mm gents’ watch a skeletonised dial that reveals the watch’s intricate workings within.
The watch has a bi-colour stainless steel and rose gold PVD case, while its bracelet also features high-tech ceramic that gives the watch a lightweight yet scratch-resistant finish.
Rado Coupole Classic Watch
Stylish gents will turn heads at any tennis tournament with the Rado Coupole Classic Automatic. This 37.7mm model features a stainless steel and rose gold PVD case, while its uncluttered ivory dial is decorated only with rose gold PVD hour markers and accents.
Inside ticks an automatic movement, which powers a useful date window at 3 o’clock. A handsome black leather strap completes the look, making this the ideal timepiece to slip under a shirt cuff, whatever the event.
Rado Coupole Diamonds Watch
Something for the ladies now, with the sleek Rado Coupole Diamonds. This elegant watch would be the perfect companion for a day at the tennis where the dress code usually leans towards the smarter end of the spectrum.
This 27mm watch features a shimmering ivory mother-of-pearl dial and 12 diamond hour markers. And, if you’re the type of woman who loves both silver and gold, with this bi-colour bracelet in stainless steel and rose gold PVD you get the best of both worlds.