Rado’s feminine take on touch technology really makes for a sensuous, sophisticated edition to your watch wardrobe

When Rado launched its Esenza Touch, its touch-controlled fully ceramic watch aimed solely at women, at Baselworld in 2013, there was a great sense of anticipation. Despite there being some teething problems at the time with this innovative touch technology, all credit to Rado, whatever it has done to this model has improved it no end.

The touch technology works well. At first, adjusting a watch through stroking the case rather than using the crown is a strange sensation – you feel like you’re wearing something from the future. However, once you get used to it, it’s an action that feels as elegant as the watch looks.

At first glance

Rado Watch

The black ceramic is eye-catchingly gorgeous. Because it doesn’t scratch, you get a pristine, almost luminescent sheen to the bracelet and case. Despite its appearance, with a case at 33mm, it isn’t ridiculously delicate and being all black means the diamonds really stand out too.

Up close and personal

Rado watch

Let’s talk about those diamonds. Rado is well known for its experimentation with materials but here it has taken that spirit of experimentation and applied it to stone setting. These diamonds are actually set directly into the ceramic, which is a watchmaking first and took years of painstaking research at Rado to achieve.

This is also a watch that feels lovely in the hand with a reassuring weight to it, but, thanks to Rado’s monobloc case construction – where the ceramic is injected into the mould under high pressure producing a complete case – it still has a lightness to it. One of the other advantages with ceramic is that it doesn’t draw heat away from your skin so, when you put it on, you don’t get that shock of cold you would from a steel strap.

On the wrist

Rado watch

Because of the insulation properties of ceramic, you don’t notice this watch is on your wrist. It also doesn’t have a crown, thanks to the touch technology that comprises four sensors in the ceramic case, so there is nothing to disturb the rather sensuous lines of the case. The overall effect is an incredibly elegant watch in a material more readily associated with sports styles.

If you want to know more about Rado you can read all about it here.

  • The clever diamond setting adds a real elegance to a ceramic watch
  • The non-scratch ceramic
  • The smooth lines of the case as a result of a lack of crown
  • The touch technology does take a while to get used to and may not suit the more traditionalists out there


RRP: £9,050

Buy Now: Rado


Style: Luxury
Colour: Black
Watch movement: Quartz
Functions: Hours, Minutes
Case shape: Oval
Case material: High-tech ceramic 
Case width: 42mm height, 33mm width
Glass: Sapphire Crystal
Dial colour: Black 
Strap type: Black
Clasp: Fold over 
Water resistance: 3 atm
Manufacturer warranty: Two years
Model reference: 277.0041.3.071
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