At Rado, we’re known for our high-tech, scratch-resistant materials which are designed to look as good in years to come as they do today.
In 2018, we launched our first watch using bronze* – the oldest man-made alloy. In 2020, we are launching further models in the Captain Cook collection that feature bronze cases.
In contrast to our high-tech materials, bronze changes over time and develops a patina that makes it unique to each wearer. Depending on the wearer’s habits and the climate where they live, the bronze can become slightly darker or much darker. In either case, each piece will be truly unique to the wearer.
This unique quality will appeal strongly to some wearers but not to others. We recommend you explain this feature of bronze to all customers during the sales consultation process to avoid disappointment.
An additional feature of the Captain Cook bronze watches is a very fine (3 micron) layer of 23 carat gold plating. This is designed to avoid patination between the time the watch is produced and the time it reaches the customer’s wrist. This plating will disappear over time and the colour that is unique to each wearer will begin to appear.
In rare cases, bronze watches that repeatedly come into contact with water can develop a greenish appearance. If this occurs, the watch can be cleaned at a Rado Service Centre with no lasting effects. We suggest that the watch is exposed to water as little as possible and is dried with a soft cloth if it does get wet.
Bronze is a beautiful and eye-catching material that is particularly attractive when contrasted with the green, blue and brown accents on our Captain Cook watches. We wish you great success in selling these fantastic pieces to informed and enthusiastic customers.
*All information given by RADO