Rado Integral Swiss Ceramic Watch Review: Quartz, Automatic, Jubile
Rado Integral watches blend emblem brand characteristics – clean, translucent sapphire crystal dials, lots of black and gray – and give them an office building twist.
At its core, Integral is a CEO collection. Instead of the unusual and somewhat rebellious squares, the designers introduced more “respectable” rectangles, complimenting this case modification with a more sophisticated bracelet, still made of high-tech ceramics in the majority of the models.
The line can be roughly categorized according to movements – quartz, quartz chronograph, and automatic – and regular vs. jewelry (Jubile) variations. Depending on the category, a watch can include diamonds, subdials, pushers, and numerals, or display the familiar trademark bare look. Jubile pieces reveal real creativity in diamonds' organization, in a way certifying Rado jewelry credentials.
Watches come in S, M, L, and XL sizes, and incorporate diamonds on the rims, the bracelet, the dial (as hour markers), and as a ornamentation for the face – from various linear decorations to complete paving.
Gray and milky white tones inject the watches with a sense of dreamy mystique; the contrast with an underlying layer of black creates an effect of motion, of energy accumulating and preparing to burst out. It's a powerful design.
Quartz chronograph require a case modification in the form of stretching it horizontally a little. The change results in an unambiguous sporty-elegant appearance – two decorative lines on the added side space again evoke a sense of fast movement, even racing. I think that Chronograph Jubile watches, which substitute the simple lines for diamonds lose some of that speed in favor of luxury. For a particular audience, however, speed is a kind of luxury.
As in Ceramica collection, automatic timers exhibit more orthodox design characteristics, evidently appealing to connoisseurs of mechanical watchmaking. In Integral, Rado also fully explore the two-tone aesthetic, usually relying on the gold-black and gray-black color combination.
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