8 Rad Rado Watches for a White Christmas

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?

Slim Aarons Verbier Vacation at Jonathan Adler
Verbier Vacation by Slim Aarons, 1964 (image via: jonathanadler.com)

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?

Rado True watch in white ceramic and polished metal
True 30 mm watch in white ceramic and polished metal, $1,665
Rado Tradition 1965 watch
Tradition 1965 ladies’ watch with 44 mm stainless steel case, lacquered white dial, diamonds, and crocodile strap, $7,650
Rado Centrix guilloche mother of pearl dial
Centrix 23 mm watch with diamonds and mother-of-pearl in rose gold–colored stainless steel and PVD ceramic, $1,700
Rado True open heart watch
True Open Heart in mother-of-pearl and white ceramic, $2,100
Rado True Thin White glitter dial watch
Rado True Thinline 39mm watch in white ceramic with metallic silver glitter dial, $2,100
Rado True Thinline watch in white with blue details
True Thinline 39 mm watch in white ceramic with blue details, $2,100
Rado Centrix Ladies Heart watch
Centrix Ladies’ Open Heart 33 mm watch with diamonds, guilloche dial, and exposed movement in rose gold–colored steel and white ceramic, $2,250

Top: True Thinline 30 mm watch with diamonds and rose gold in white ceramic, $2,300


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