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Rado Goes Back to the 80s With Fresh New Anatom

This curved rectangular timepiece pays homage to its 1983 predecessor while embracing contemporary Rado design principles....

Rado, renowned as the “Master of Materials” for its innovative incorporation of ceramic into its distinct timepieces, have unveiled the resplendent return of a horological gem from the ’80s, The Anatom.

This curved rectangular timepiece pays homage to its 1983 predecessor while embracing contemporary Rado design principles, orchestrating a fully modern rendition.

The distinctive allure of the Anatom, as evident in the vintage model, lies in its gracefully curved case and the convex sapphire crystal. Noteworthy is the seamless transition from the case to the industrial bracelet design, a quintessential embodiment of Rado’s contemporary watchmaking prowess. The 1983 Anatom, however, stands as part of a lineage of rectangular watches from Rado, starting from the Manhattan watch in the 1960s to the Diastar Executive in the ’80s, showcasing the brand’s two-decade journey leading up to the Anatom. Subsequent to its inaugural release, Rado further explored this case shape in subsequent models like the Sintra, Ceramica, Integral, culminating in the True Square in 2020.

In alignment with contemporary trends, the revamped Diastar Anatom witnesses a size increase from its original 28mm to a more expansive 32.5mm width, striking a balance between boldness and conservatism. The matte black ceramic bezel retains the cylindrical sapphire crystal design—a nod to continuity from the past.

Credit: Rado

Diverging from the original model, the new Anatom features a rubber strap, eschewing the ceramic bracelet (though speculation hints at its future availability). The horizontally brushed finish on the dial, coupled with a smoked effect in three captivating colors—blue, cognac, and green—adds a modern touch, with the iconic Rado anchor now positioned at 12 o’clock, a departure from the original design.

Examining the case construction reveals a matte ceramic bezel, a black PVD steel mid-case, and a steel exhibition caseback revealing the automatic movement—an evolution from the quartz caliber in the 1983 Anatom. Powering this timepiece is the Automatic Rado Calibre R766, featuring a six o’clock date aperture and an impressive 72-hour power reserve.

In addition to the standard Anatom lineup, Rado introduces a limited edition Jubilé model—a black dial adorned with 11 baguette diamonds as indexes, a rhodium-colored moving anchor motif against the noir backdrop, a testament to exclusivity and opulence.

These are available now on Rado’s website for US$3,350 (A$5,425). 

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