There’s nothing a watch fanatic likes more than building a collection of Swiss-made timepieces – and there’s one brand that stands head and shoulders above the rest. Rado.
Rado watches are certainly known for their unrivalled sophistication. Founded in 1917 in Lengnau, Rado redefined what luxury means and its watches are some of the most sought-after around the world.
Rados watches aren’t just exclusive, they’re heirlooms.
Firstly, you don’t have to know a lot about luxury watches to want a Rado. You just need to know they’re the best. Rado watches have dominated design and innovation awards in over 30 countries.
Men’s Rado watches can be quite rare as only limited numbers of every model are made every year – around 500,000 in total.
The consistency in the colour of a Rado watch is unmatched too. Ceramic watches are notoriously hard to replicate, but Rado does this perfectly.
Furthermore, the company innovates, too. It claims to have developed the hardest watch in the world in 2002 and the first-ever touch tech watch in 2013 in the form of the Essenza Ceramic Touch. Not to be outdone, it also made the first-ever scratch-resistant watch, the Rado DiaStar ($566.02).
This was ground-breaking innovation in 1962. Swiss watches had never come with an assurance of scratch-resistance. The DiaStar (1) was the pioneering gold watch that would offer more value than ever.
Years later, Rado would go onto introduce some of the most famous Swiss watches the world would ever see.
Let’s have a look at some of the men’s options.
This is the single most searched watch online. It’s certainly one of the world’s best Swiss-made ceramic watches. It has a minimal design and slender stainless steel body at only 38mm.
The simple black face has an hour, minute and second hand and a date window at the 3 position. The dial is protected by sapphire crystal and it offers water-resistance of up to 30m. Inside is a reliable quartz movement.
The ceramic R5 collection was designed by Jasper Morrison, an Englishman. They have a wonderful retro feel and even in all-black, the minimalistic design makes a huge impact with a 36mm square case.
The dial is sapphire crystal. It offers 30m water-resistance, has quartz movement and a date window. The R5 Collection first launched in Vienna during Design Week.
Rado does many things exceptionally-well. One of those things is making a high-tech timepiece look ultra-stylish and this is the perfect watch for the traveller.
It has a grey theme as well as showing off two time zones at a glance. It offers excellent readability from its Super-Luminova hour hands. The case is 42mm by 10mm.
It’s made of high-grade stainless steel as well as high-tech ceramics cut with plasma. This is one of the most rugged Rado watches for men, being incredibly lightweight but also scratch-resistant. It’s also water-resistant up to 50m.
If you’re not a huge fan of Rado’s ceramic offerings, you might want to look at their Coupole Classic Collection.
This is one of the rarer stainless steel timepiece offerings from Rado. Technically-spectacular and aesthetically-elegant, you almost certainly won’t be able to resist it.
The name ‘Coupole’ is French and refers to the dome of crystal on the dial. The case itself is only 32mm so it’s perfect for a smaller wrist.
It has a matching stainless steel bracelet which oozes class. You’ll be drawn toward the sapphire crystal back which reveals the automatic movement.
This is one of Rado’s newer designs and one of its most robust watches. It has a round case made of ceramic and is generally sharp and business-looking. The case is 43mm by 11.8mm attached to a genuine black leather strap with a croc-texture.
The black dial has silver hands and offers up Roman numerals for hour markings. There are minute markings surrounding the outer-rim. It’s an analogue format with a date display at the 9 position. There’s a subdial for seconds.
Inside is an automatic movement and it’s water-resistant to 100m.
This is another rare stainless steel option with fixed bezel. It has a black dial, luminous hands with diamonds for hour markers and minute markers surrounding the outer rim. The date is displayed at the 3 postion. The case itself is 43mm by 22mm.
Inside is Swiss-made quartz movement, water-resistant to only 30m, so you’ll have to be very careful with this timepiece.
The Original is actually a development of the DiaStar one. The difference here is the colour options; gold or stainless steel (silver). Rumour has it there are only a few left for sale, so if you’re a collector, we’ve pointed you in the right direction.
If you’re a fan of chronographs you’ll know what a skill it is to develop one that isn’t cluttered. The Centrix Chrono is a beauty. It’s one of the most complicated watches Centrix makes and something of a secret. It’s undoubtedly one of the most gorgeous chrono you can buy. Ever.
It’s has a stainless steel and ceramic case measuring 40mm by 20mm. It has a black dial and luminous hands. The date is given to you from the 4 position. It has three subdials for 60 seconds, 30 seconds and one-one hundredth of a second.
It’s got quartz movement inside and offers a decent 100m of water-resistance.
Rado watches made for men are some of the most celebrated timepieces on the market. If you’re interested in learning about some more luxury options, you’ll love our higher-tech article on the top 5 luxury smartwatches for men, which you can read here.
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