Casio’s Edifice collection of technology-driven analog watches has been expanded with the announcement of the new solar-powered Casio Edifice EQB800, a motorsports-inspired piece with “Time Attack Recording” for tracking lap times, as well as smartphone connectivity for enhanced timekeeping and convenience. Edifice watches are designed as a more sophisticated-looking marriage of digital technology and analog aesthetics which can more easily make the jump from weekend wear to the office, compared to Casio’s immensely popular but more casual G-Shock series.
According to Casio, the world of motorsports served as the inspiration for the new Casio Watches 3363 Edifice EQB800 and the addition of “Time Attack Recording” allows users to track “racing times, record target times, as well as see a list of their best lap times through a helpful list and graph display.” In addition to the actual racing-related time-keeping functions, the Casio Edifice EQB800 is also styled with motorsports in mind, with a sporty blue anodized bezel with an engraved (obligatory) tachymeter scale to go along with the various stopwatch (chronograph) functions―all in a stainless steel case with alternating brushed and polished surfaces.
Powered by a dual-coil quartz caliber, the Casio Edifice EQB800 sports a variety of functions including a stopwatch, daily alarm, lap memory, and Bluetooth connectivity which allows the watch to sync with a smartphone using the Casio Watch+ app. Casio’s Mobile Link Technology enables the Casio Edifice EQB800 to sync with the correct time via your smartphone, either four times daily or at the push of a button. This technology is a hallmark of the higher-end Edifice pieces in Casio’s collection and demonstrates the positioning of the EQB800 within the Edifice lineup.
There’s a lot of information here for an analog watch, and even Casio has trouble explaining it all. In normal timekeeping mode, as in these images, the subdials display day of the week at 12 o’clock, battery level (power reserve) at 9 o’clock, and a second time zone at 6 o’clock including a little am/pm indicator. Many such watches from Casio have required consulting the manual and changing the “mode” in a manner similar to executing a video game cheat code for a variety of other information to be displayed and controlled, but the ability to do much of this via a smartphone app should improve the overall experience greatly. The “phone finder” function sounds particularly handy.
The physical dimensions of the Casio Edifice EQB800 case reveal yet again that Casio is not afraid of making large watches. In stainless steel, capable of 100m of water-resistance, and equipped with a mineral crystal the Casio Edifice EQB800 case measures 53.5mm by 49.2mm, and 13.1mm thick. On its stainless steel bracelet it weighs in at 199g.
Oh, and also a cool thing about the app is that it updates itself when time zones change across the world (in addition to DST), so the watch itself always represents the current state of global time zones.Thus, the efficient way for your watch to get the true time is to acquire the online time via a smartphone’s internet connection and Bluetooth. If this fails, then the watch utilizes its own radio signal receiver and takes messages from any accessible atomic clock signs. This is efficient but it will require being in a location where the signs can be received. That means not only being in the right parts of the Earth, but not being interior of a structure in which radio signals would often be shielded. This is a robust and intriguing system with the objective of simply making sure regardless of where you’re in the entire world your own time is accurate.How well does this work? I’ve never actually known how well the automatic upgrades operate but the watch constantly does seem to be punctually. When I manually update the time it works very well and is surprisingly fast. I did notice however — and this is common with nearly all non-smart Bluetooth watches, that occasionally it can be difficult to connect and stay connected to your paired device. This isn’t really Casio’s fault so much as it is an problem with Bluetooth and a lot of other applications that they can not control. To make a long story short, if you’re traveling, you might have to devote a fast second manually updating the time (just one button press is generally all that’s required) and you also get the upgraded time straight away in a somewhat satisfying manner.
The Casio Edifice EQB800 is motorsport-themed but, more importantly, it represents the latest in Casio’s ongoing refinement of features and user experience. Where some members of the Casio Edifice collection suffer from dials which can be rather busy, the Casio Edifice EQB800 actually presents a fairly clean and uncluttered view considering the wealth of available information. The Casio Edifice EQB800, available in the United States starting in September 2017, will come as standard on a stainless steel bracelet and will retail for $350, which is a solid value given its list of features and the quality construction you can expect from Casio. edifice.casio.com