Rado Ceramica DiaStar Digital Automatic Swiss Watches

The new Rado Ceramica DiaStar Digital Automatic watch employs a movement that was designed by ETA as an answer for the hybrid-powered Japanese quartz calibers. Equipped with a real winding rotor with a personalized black PVD-coated oscillating weight, the mechanism gets its battery constantly recharged by converting the energy of your movements into electricity

The watch is powered by the new ETA E18.711 digital automatic caliber. Similar in principle to the wildly popular Seiko Kinetic Direct Drive automatic-quartz movements (a winding rotor charges a battery inside the watch providing it with enough juice to run for 3-4 months,) the new movement is a version of the Calibre H1970 originally developed by ETA for Hamilton’s recent Pulsomatic model.

Rado Ceramica DiaStar Digital Automatic watch

Like the Hamilton Pulsomatic, the Rado Ceramica DiaStar Digital Automatic watch uses not analogue, but digital time representation interface. Its beige-on-black LCD display is protected from the elements with a sapphire glass that looks very organic together with the black high-gloss ceramic case and a comfort-looking bracelet made of the same material. While the case measures surprisingly thick (you should thank the mechanical winding module for that,) it is ergonomically curved in all the right places and doesn’t actually look thick, which is probably more important here.

Also, I must note that the ceramic body looks very well-built: even those who don’t like the way the ceramic bracelet adds to the overall “shining” aura of the watch (there is, by the way, a model with reference number R21926159 that sports a more subdued rubber strap with a black pin buckle for them) would probably admit that the piece looks very solid. But, again, that’s something one should expect from a timekeeper that costs close to $3000 USD.

Of course, a Super AMOLED display would look even better than the LCD device, but I suppose that even with this color scheme (AMOLED monitors do not use electricity to power pixels that are supposed to be black, that’s why cellphone makers love them so much) the display would be too draining on the watch’s tiny battery.

Rado Ceramica DiaStar Digital Automatic watch (front view, beige on black LCD display)

I am not exactly sure how they managed to do that, but this new timepiece makes a good old concept of a digital watch cool again. Even the lack of backlighting and such basic functions as a calendar, timer and stopwatch, that we got used to in electronic watches of the 1980s, wouldn’t stop me from getting one if I was on the market for this type of timepiece.

Frankly speaking, I can even imagine myself wearing this watch on a formal event with a strict dress code: even the version on the bracelet looks cool enough for a black tie event.

Rado Ceramica DiaStar Digital Automatic watch (transparent case back)

See also: Seiko Ananta Spring Drive Moon Phase wrist watch

Photos: Rado

Rado Ceramica DiaStar Digital Automatic watch specification:

Price range: €2800 (MSRP)
Movement: ETA E18.711 caliber, 10 jewels, hybrid-powered quartz, Swiss Made
Functions: Digital hours, minutes
Power reserve: 120 days
Case material: Black ceramic with its middle part made of PVD-coated stainless steel
Bezel material: Black ceramic
Bezel shape: Square
Case size: No data
Case height: No data
Dial: Black
Numerals: Arabic
Hands: None
Water resistance: 30 meters
Strap: Black ceramic bracelet
Crystal: Sapphire
Case back: Transparent

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