Rado Hyper­Chrome Ce­ramic Touch Dual Timer

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No, you’re not wrong – there is some­thing miss­ing from this watch, the first gen­tle­man’s ren­di­tion of a tech­nol­ogy in­tro­duced by Rado last year. The lack of a crown doesn’t mean that you’re stuck with what­ever time the watch is at when you buy it, ne­ces­si­tat­ing a global dash from store to store un­til one finds a watch set to the ex­act time of pur­chase. Rather, the ce­ramic case has a touch sen­si­tiv­ity that al­lows the user to slide a fin­ger along the left hand side of the case to change the hour, down the right side to change the min­utes, and along the bot­tom to set the small seconds. That’s right, to get this watch to show the right time, you have to ca­ress it se­duc­tively. Whether the idea will catch on is a hard one to call – the only ben­e­fit the sys­tem of­fers is one of aes­thet­ics: a more stream­lined style, in ex­change for the in­tu­itive func­tion­al­ity of a tra­di­tional crown. But, as so few watches do, it also in­trigues. And, more than a din­ner party con­ver­sa­tion starter, its matt grey looks are hand­some to boot.

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