On court every second counts. That’s why Australian tennis legend Ash Barty, former WTA World No. 1 and winner of the 2022 Australian Open, has teamed up with the swiss watch brand Rado and presents their third co-created timepiece, the “Rado True Square Secret x Ash Barty”.
Ash’s skill, patience, quiet confidence, and authentic nature have underpinned a history-making career for the Australian tennis superstar. In the watchmaking world, similar characteristics resonate with the Rado brand, whose timepieces are marked by their reliability, accuracy and ground-breaking use of scratch- resistant high-tech ceramic materials.
Created in a design collaboration with Ash Barty, the Limited Edition III model is an adaptation of the classic True Square, and Ash Barty and Rado have designed the perfect watch for all female tennis fans. With the intent to create a feminine, unique watch that will take the wearer from day to night, the timepiece is housed in a light rose high-tech ceramic square case. A white mother-of-pearl dial with rose gold coloured applied indexes gives the piece a luxurious feel, and a cut-out offers an intriguing view of the watch mechanics, a reminder of the hard work behind an illustrious exterior. In addition, the dial features a tiny tennis ball in rose gold and an engraving that reads “JEU – SET – MATCH”. A nice detail and a nod to the involvement to the world of tennis of Ash and Rado.
“Rado’s True Square watches have always been a favourite style for me and feature heavily in my collection, so we decided to use this shape as the basis for the limited edition piece.”Ash Barty
A flat sapphire crystal face with anti-reflective coating protects Rado’s premium calibre R734 automatic movement with 80-hour power reserve. The antimagnetic “Nivachron” hairspring improves reliability by protecting the movement from magnetic fields. While industry standards require testing in 3 positions, Rado tests in 5 different positions, further enhancing its reliable accuracy. A passionate watch lover, Ash worked collaboratively with the Rado design team through the creative process to bring the timepiece to life.
Photos: © Rado