Casio is probably best know in the US for the infamous G-Shock brand. Maybe lesser known in the US is a brand that is a huge contribution to Casio’s portfolio… Edifice. While Edifice doesn’t have the reputation that G-Shock does in the US, it certainly has a huge following in other countries. I saw this for the 1st time on a brief visit to London while on our way to the Basel Fair. Edifice seemed to be branded everywhere throughout London. It was very impressive to see and I totally understand why the watches are so prominent there. They’re great pieces!
Today, I’d like to discuss one of the latest Edifice “Black Label” models to hit the shelf, the EQWA1110DC-1A. This watch has a ton of function! A quick example… the watch is solar powered, radio controlled (Multi-Band 6), a 1/20th of a second chronograph, a world timer for 29 preset cities, and uses Casio’s tough movement.
I’ll start off by explaining the new Smart Access technology from Casio. As I mentioned, the watch is a world timer for 29 different cities. The city can easily be adjusted by unscrewing and pulling out the crown. You then turn the crown to adjust the second hand to the desired location. If your city is not indicated on the inner bezel, than you would just adjust to the city using the same timezone. Once the city is selected, the hands will automatically adjust to that timezone. There is both a standard time keeping mode, which you would generally set as your home time, and also a world time mode, where an additional city can be selected. To adjust from time keeping mode to world time mode, you would push the lower left button once so the hand at the 6 o’clock sub dial moves to the “WT” indicator.
Once in world time mode you can control the city setting by adjusting the crown just as you would in standard time keeping mode. You can also jump directly to UTC time by pushing and holding the lower right button. If you want to jump to your home time, you can push and hold the upper right button. This will change the world time city to your home time until you adjust it again.
The watch is radio controlled, otherwise known as Multi-Band 6, which is controlled by the atomic clock. To receive signal and update the accuracy, you can push and hold the lower right button for more than 2 seconds while in time keeping mode. This will take a few minutes to complete, sometimes longer. The watch will also automatically attempt to receive signal up to 6 times at night. You can check both the energy level of the watch and whether or not it received a radio control updates by pushing the lower right button briefly. The second hand will jump to the left side of the dial, and point to H (high), M (medium), or L (low) to indicate how much energy is in the watch. Then immediately after, it will jump to “Yes” or “No” to indicate whether or not it received RC signal on the last attempt.
The 1/20th of a second chronograph on the Edifice Black Label EQWA1110DC-1A is really cool. To switch to the chronograph, push the lower left button until the sub dial at 6 points at the “STW” indicator. From there, the watches hands will all align at the 12 o’clock. The chronograph will measure up to 1/20th of a second with the second hand, the seconds are counted with the minute hand, the minutes are counted with the hour hand, and the hours are counted with the sub dial at the 12 o’clock. You can actually measure elapsed time once the chronograph is engaged by pushing the top right button and pushing it again while the chronograph is running. You can also measure lap times and record up to 10 of them by pushing the lower right button after each lap is complete. The sub dial at 6 will indicate the lap number. You can check you lap times by pulling out the crown while in chronograph mode, and scrolling through the laps by turning the crown. If you do more than 10 laps, the best times will be recorded.
The alarm is one more cool feature to a complicated piece. To set the alarm time, you would push the lower left button until the 6 o’clock sub dial hand reaches “AL”. Then you just adjust the time by pulling out the crown and rotating the crown until the desired alarm time is reached. The alarm will go off no matter what mode you are in. The nice thing that is you can turn the alarm on or off while in alarm mode, by having the crown closed and pushing the top right button.
As you can tell, this watch is loaded with features, but is really easy to work. Since the piece is solar powered and can last up to 29 months while in sleep mode and is radio controlled, it is practically worry free. The case and bracelet are stainless steel with black IP coating and also has a red IP accent on the underside of the bezel, which really gives it a cool look. Casio really hit a home run with the Edifice “Black Label” EQWA1110DC-1A. To see more of the Edifice collection please click HERE.
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