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Tennis is arguably the most glamorous sport. Within the more recent centuries, the upper class has been playing tennis more than any other sport. In fact, various high fashion brands were actually started by tennis players. They were initiatives to find the perfect garment to play the sport in. Tennis is also a sport wherein one can wear the most luxurious accessories that are durable enough for the sport. One such accessory is Rado’s limited edition HyperChrome Automatic Chronograph Match Point watch.
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Release date: April 2015
Price when reviewed: $4,800
Since April 2015, Swiss luxury watchmaking company Rado has been offering limited editions of their famous HyperChrome Automatic Chronograph for tennis players and fans alike. One of the first of its kind was even worn by Andy Murray, one of the top tennis players of this generation and a Rado ambassador, during the 2015 Wimbledon competition. With only 999 pieces available, each timepiece costs $4,800.
- Diameter: 45mm
- Movement: Automatic
- Water Resistant: 100 meters
- Power Reserve: 80 hours
- Frequency: 28,800vph
- Strap: High-tech ceramic bracelet
- Buckle: Double-fold clasp
Rado’s HyperChrome model has had countless iterations, some simply automatic, some with diamonds, and others with an added chronograph. Among its various versions, the Automatic Chronograph Match Point is arguably the most sophisticated. With a shiny high-tech ceramic case and bezel surrounding a sapphire crystal face, the timepiece lets the quality and finery of its materials do the talking. The watch is also offered in different colorways, but the classic deep ocean blue and silver combination is undoubtedly the most famous and favored by most prominent players and fans.
Part of what makes the watch special is its chronograph, but it doesn’t make any sensical correlation with the sport. Chronographs are usually for aviation or navigation, and its presence on a tennis watch has left many critics and collectors baffled. While it doesn’t hinder the timepiece’s beauty and functions, it seems to be an unnecessary addition to what is already a fine piece of modern watchmaking.
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