Rado Integral Swiss Ceramic Watch Review: Quartz, Automatic, Jubile

Rado Integral

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.

Rado Integral
Rado Integral

Jubile

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.

Chronograph

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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