I tend to look at white watches, including Rado’s ceramic model, which I have coveted for more than a decade, and think of a Slim Aarons photo that hung in my friend’s Tahoe ski house—sunbathers on a snowy mountaintop in Verbier, Switzerland. I mean, who wouldn’t want to make catching some rays, lounge chairs included, part of a holiday on the slopes?
But as I sit here shivering in a new old house that could use a makeover in the heating department, the image is a little less romantic to me. The photo, I mean—certainly not the idea of a white sports watch.
And now that Christmas is days away, I’ve got visions of white Rados my head—dancing like sugarplums, you could say. When the company reached out recently with some new white styles for consideration, I asked to see more and I’m spotlighting them all below as a sort of an eight-armed beacon to the North Pole. (I’m not being very subtle this year, am I?)
I’m also imagining that somewhere in Los Angeles or Palm Beach, or poolside at France’s Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc, someone is feeling wistful. Like, longing for glistening treetops and sleigh bells in the snow wistful.
From the Tradition 1965 ladies’ watch with its rectangular case and tendrils of diamonds to the True Open Heart with its sheer mother-of-pearl layer “floating” over the automatic movement (the “heart” of the watch), is there any other gift on the planet that makes it easier to harness a little White Christmas chic?
Top: True Thinline 30 mm watch with diamonds and rose gold in white ceramic, $2,300
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