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With the Casio EDIFICE EQB-1000D, the Japanese company launched an extraordinary watch last year, which impressed with innovations such as solar drive and Bluetooth functions including a Connected App. Casio Edifice EQB-1100.
My conclusion at that time: the successful balancing act between classic timepieces and modern smartwatches. This year, Casio is expanding the popular EDIFICE range with a new model that is available in two different design versions. What the new Casio EDIFICE EQB-1100 (in the EQB-1100DC-1AER and EQB-1100D-1AER versions) can do, what new innovations it has and whether it is a worthy successor to my 1000D, we will discover in the following test…
One model in two versions – the first impression of the new Casio EDIFICE EQB-1100
Casio has launched its latest EDIFICE model in two versions, which at first glance only differ in the color and design of the dial. While the D-1AER version has blue appliqués on the end of the indices and on the lower totalizer, the sister model DC-1AER has an aggressive red tone and a darker case. Which version do I like better? Hard to say. Casio Edifice EQB-1100. But that is a matter of taste. The second difference is the price. Here you can see the difference of 299€ to 349€ (DC-1AER). This is due to the coating of the case.
While the blue base model has an uncoated stainless steel case, the more expensive DC-1AER has an IP finish. IP What? The case is coated with a so-called “Ion Plating” process and has an anthracite color. This offers even more scratch resistance. If this extra gimmick is especially important for you, choose the DC-1AER. But there is no difference between the two watches in terms of functions. So the who is who should be clear.
Casio Edifice EQB-1100D-1AER & EQB-1100DC-1AER
There is no denying that the new EDIFICE EQB-1100 – regardless of its design specifications – is a very beautiful watch. EDIFICE is located in the motor sports sector. For several years now, Casio has sponsored Red Bull’s second team AlphaTauri (known as Toro Rosso until 2020) in Formula 1. Casio Edifice EQB-1100. So for the next Formula 1 race, pay attention to the watches worn by the technicians and the two drivers Daniil Kvyat and Pierre Gasly (who recently won Monza). The slogan “Speed & Intelligence”, established by Casio, fits both companies like a glove.
The themes of motor sports, technology and innovation are visible in every corner of the EDIFICE design. I mean the tachymeter, the sporty totalizers and the extremely flat case. However, a second look is necessary to see how innovative this watch really is. So much in advance: The new EDIFICE is a real all-rounder.
Basics – case, drive, dial and bracelet
The EDIFICE’s case is made of solid stainless steel, which gives it a great look, feel and resistance to scratches. The IP Coating provides the more expensive DC-1AER with a slightly darker stainless steel tone, which I personally like even more because it supports the sporty and aggressive character of the EDIFICE as a watch for racing. The EDIFICE is also sporty in many other respects. While the bezel on the 1000D was still circular, it is now octagonal. Anyone who has never held an EDIFICE in their hands before will be surprised because of its weight of only 150 grams and a height of a slim 8.95 millimeters.
Where does Casio accommodate the drive and all the technology that EDIFICE is all about? The answer is also astonishing. Casio uses environmentally friendly solar modules for the EDIFICE models. The solar cells are located directly in the dial and charge a battery that drives the watch. In this way Casio saves a massive amount of space and is able to create such a slim case, which has now become the valued trademark of EDIFICE watches.
Normal daylight is sufficient to charge the battery and ensure all functions including Bluetooth connectivity. Intelligent solutions such as setting functions to save battery power ensure almost unlimited runtimes. Until the battery is completely discharged, the watch must be left in the dark for a very long time. Overall, the technology seems to be very mature. Casio Edifice EQB-1100. Casio certifies the system a quite high longevity. Also the accuracy does not fall by the wayside. It is only +/- 15 seconds per month.
The EDIFICE EQB-1100 has nothing to complain about. The quality is on a very high level, as one can expect from the Japanese manufacturer. The brushed stainless steel surfaces are very well processed. The pushers and the crown have a good feeling. Although Casio has placed great emphasis on light weight, the quality of the materials used has not been compromised. Thus, the dial is protected by scratch-resistant sapphire crystal.
The quadruple screwed case makes the EDIFICE water resistant up to 10 bar.
The sporty dial is tidy despite the many displays and offers good readability. This remains even in the dark. The indices are coated with luminous material and make a good qualitative impression.
The EDIFICE has a fully integrated steel bracelet, which further underlines the sporty character. The wearing comfort is pleasant. Individual brackets can be removed by “squeezing” the pins in the spaces between the brackets to release them.
A watch with two faces – what functions the EDIFICE EQB-1100 has
In normal mode, the dial displays times and calendar data. The three totalizers assist in this. The upper totalizer shows the 24 hour time. The left totalizer shows the world time. The time zone can be selected in the app. Practical: You can change home and world time via the app. Casio Edifice EQB-1100. The world time is then displayed on the large dial, the home time on the left-hand totalizer. The lower totalizer with the colored border shows the weekdays in normal mode. A rectangular date window is integrated at four o’clock.
Let’s switch to the “race mode” now. At the racetrack the totalizers are converted. We switch to the stop time mode by pressing the upper pusher. From now on the timing is started directly, noticeable by a short, high-pitched tone. A second press of the upper pusher and a longer tone ends the stopped time. Interesting is now the lower totalizer, which always shows the difference to the previously stopped lap when several lap times are stopped. By the way, the stop times are accurate to one thousandth of a second!
Connected via Smartphone
Of course my EDIFICE also works without an app on the smartphone and Bluetooth connection. But in my opinion the functions are quite useful and offer a real added value. So what can the EDIFICE do in connection with the smartphone?
By pressing the lower button, the EDIFICE now comes to life and establishes the Bluetooth connection to the smartphone. Casio’s app displays the status of some of the watch’s key functions, such as the battery status. Once the watch is connected to the smartphone, the time is synchronized four times a day with the time on the smartphone. So you do nothave to worry about accuracy. The world time can also be easily selected via app. Casio Edifice EQB-1100. Tedious crown settings are now a thing of the past.
All split times, end times and countdowns measured by the watch can be imported to the app and saved here. The app has a total storage capacity up to 24 hours. In addition, the app offers useful functions such as an alarm or a phone finder with a range of up to 2 meters.
From my experience with the EDIFICE EQB-1000D, which works quite similar, I can say that it is quite easy to find your way around the menu of the app and you can set the most important functions after a short time. Nevertheless, you should have the will to spend some time with using the watch. The useful functions will be even more fun in everyday life!
My conclusion about the Casio EDIFICE EQB-1100
With the two versions of the EDIFICE EQB-1100, Casio is seamlessly continuing the success of its predecessor 1000D. This is not only because of the sophisticated and ingenious functions, but also because they are now very mature and thought through to the end. The Japanese manufacturer thus meets exactly the taste of many watch enthusiasts who like the innovative technology functions, but for whom a Smartwatch is not enough of a “watch”. The new EDIFICE, however, has exactly these characteristics: it is still a real watch with real totalizers, dial and pushers. This makes it more reminiscent of a chronograph – only much more modern and interesting for the general public.
Casio also understands how to present its original orientation in a visually very appealing package. The sporty, technical design is neither dusty nor too out of line. You can use the functions, but you don’t have to. People who are less technically inclined are not confronted with unsolvable challenges by the watch. Everyone else will enjoy the many gimmicks! Casio Edifice EQB-1100