Rado HyperChrome Ceramic Touch Dual Timer
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.