RADO Esenza Ceramic Touch

Swiss watch maker Rado has introduced a breakthrough in timing technology with the launch of the new Rado Esenza Ceramic Touch. The Rado technical and materials teams worked with a team of watchmaking experts to ensure the touch sensitive technology was flawless – just like the design of the watch.

Rado’s more than 25 years of expertise with ceramic was an immediate advantage as ceramic is a natural insulator. As ceramic does not conduct electricity it is an ideal material for a touch sensitive device.

The quartz movement, made up of a number of essential components, includes two chips, which are loaded with the software that governs the watch. The movement sits neatly inside the high-tech ceramic case. Nestled between the movement and the monobloc ceramic case is four electrodes.

The detection of the movement of a fingertip in a certain sequence on the case instructs the chip to allow the motor to move the hands, thus allowing the time to be set and reset through touch alone.

This touch controlled watch in full ceramic is made exclusively for women. The latest technology and the most emotional of all the human senses unite for this unique, stand-out product.

Not many companies develop new technology aimed specifically at women. Rado shows itself once again to be both typically unconventional, and streets ahead of the competition with the Rado Esenza Ceramic Touch.

Controlled by the gentle touch and sweep of a finger along the side of the ceramic case – left for hours and right for minutes – time can be made to fly by or can be turned back in a single stroke.The monobloc construction of the case, the production of which is carried out under high pressure using a sophisticated injection process, ensures the success of the ceramic touch technology.

A watch case made from metal would act as a shield between the outside world and the circuits inside. As high-tech ceramic is an insulator this watch gives the wearer the power to influence the electrical circuit at its heart. The electrodes embedded in the ceramic can ‘feel’ the presence of a fingertip on the case through the ceramic.

The six new models in this collection – three black and three white – represent the first references in a series of product developments to come.

Movement
11’’’ ETA F10.101, quartz, 5 jewels, 2 hands, touch without crown, no date

Black models
Ref: 277.0093.3.071/277.0093.171/277.0093.3.015

Case
Polished black high-tech ceramic pressed-on stainless steel case back with black PVD coating
Toric sapphire crystal
Water-resistant to 3 bar (30m)

Dial
071/171: black, lacquer, 4 diamonds, 120/125, Top Wesselton, full cut, 0.028 carat silver coloured printed Rado logo
015: black, lacquer, 12 rhodium coloured applied indexes silver coloured printed Rado logo

Hands
Rhodium coloured

Bracelet
071/015: 3-row polished black high-tech ceramic titanium 3-fold clasp
171: black satin fabric, Stainless steel buckle

White models
Ref: 277.0092.3.071/277.0092.3.171/277.0092.3.001

Case
Polished white high-tech ceramic pressed-on steel case back
Toric sapphire crystal
Water-resistant to 3 bar (30m)

Dial
071/171: white, lacquer, 4 diamonds, 120/125, Top Wesselton, full cut, 0.028 carat silver coloured printed Rado logo
001: sun-brushed silver, 12 rhodium coloured applied indexes silver coloured printed Rado logo

Hands     
Rhodium coloured

Bracelet
071/001: 3-row polished white high-tech ceramic,Titanium 3-fold clasp
171: white leather, stainless steel buckle

Dimensions   
33.0 x 42.0 x 8.4 (WxLxH in mm)

Activating Setting Mode
In order to avoid any unwanted changes in setting, there are two steps to the setting process.
1) Touch the case at 8 o’clock for approximately 2 seconds. The minute hand will move slightly.
2) Immediately slide your index finger down the right hand side of the watch case from top to bottom. The watch will emit a short ‘beep’ and the minute hand will move slightly again.

Setting the Time
Setting the hours/changing time zone: Slide your finger along the left hand side of the case clockwise = +1 hour, or anticlockwise = – 1 hour.
Setting the minutes: Slide your finger along the right hand side of the case clockwise = + 1 minute or anticlockwise = – 1 minute.

Confirmation / Exit Setting Mode
Touch the case at 8 o’clock for approximately 2 seconds to confirm the changes made to the time setting in step 2. The minute hand will move slightly and the watch will emit two ‘beeps’. Setting mode is now deactivated. Without this confirmation, the watch will automatically exit setting mode after 10 seconds and will not retain the changes made in Step 2. The watch will return to the previous time setting.

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