At Baselworld 2014, Rado introduced a watch that has no crown, in which the wearer activates the functions and sets the time by touch. In my opinion, the Rado HyperChrome Ceramic Touch Dual Timer, with its easy-to-use second-time zone function, is a perfect travel companion as well as a great-looking watch. It’s also just like a good Tissot, only it’s going to cost you about $3,300.
Nearly as impressive is the new grey high-tech ceramic case, a color that’s incredibly difficult to produce consistently, but which Rado has mastered. The case has six sensors; the two sides of the case are the active touch zones. The watch offers a second-time-zone function, which is synchronized with the main one. The first time zone is displayed on the main dial, the second one on the subdial at 6 o’clock. Activating the second-time-zone indication is always a two-step process, so as to avoid any unwanted changes to the main time setting.
After activating the setting mode, you slide your finger along the left side of the case to change the hours, and on the right side to change the minutes in quarter-hour intervals. Fifteen minutes is the smallest difference between world time zones, and the quartz movement in this new Rado watch makes changing this interval exceedingly simple as well as ultra-quick. Quartz technology has made possible what cannot be achieved by a mechanical movement: a 15-minute leap forward or backward across time zones. Read more and have a look!