October 27, 2017
Swiss watchmaker Rado is shining a light into the shadows with its latest collaborative creation: the Rado True Shadow, co-created with avant-garde Japanese fashion designer Kunihiko Morinaga. The limited edition True Shadow combines Morinaga’s singular approach to light and colour with the good looks and high-tech construction of Rado's classic True timepiece.
Perhaps best known for his work with photochromic fabrics, Morinaga is a fearless innovator who seamlessly blends fashion and technology. With the new True Shadow, the designer has brought the visionary spirit of his colour-changing fashion collection to the watchmaking world. When exposed to sunlight, the dial of the True Shadow goes dark. But as the sun goes down, the dial gradually fades into grey and ultimately becomes transparent – allowing you to see the pulsating Swiss movement that lies inside.
“The idea was to add colour and to take it away,” explains Morinaga. “I tried to capture the ‘floating’ essence of time in the design of a watch by using a photochromic lens that changes colour based on UV light.”
Making the invisible visible
The shiny midnight black surfaces of the True Shadow are crafted from polished high-tech ceramic – Rado's signature material, and one that is favoured among high-end watchmakers for its beauty, comfort and scratch resistance. In the sunlight, the watch embraces its name and appears dark thanks to its blackened dial. In the absence of UV light, however, the shadow darkening the dial disappears, revealing a skeleton watch of great craftsmanship and beauty.
“My design philosophy is making things visible that were originally invisible,” explains Morinaga. “It is similar to removing one’s clothes and unveiling the body.”
"Kunihiko Morinaga is a brilliant designer who isn't afraid to experiment," remarks Rado CEO Matthias Breschan. "His work with innovative materials is pushing boundaries in the fashion world, and Rado is proud to have transferred his vision into watchmaking with the new True Shadow."
The Rado True Shadow is part of an exclusive series of limited edition timepieces launched by the brand this year, with renowned designers each applying their individual vision to the popular Rado True.