Casio + Honda = Casio Edifice Honda Type R Edition
The Type R is one of the most venerated badges of any go-fast car in the JDM world. Casio Edifice has been a long-standing brand of tough chronograph watches good enough to keep time with the aforementioned go-fast cars. As some might have expected after the Japanese watchmaker collaborated with Nissan for a special NISMO timepiece, it’s done it again. This time, it paid homage to a model line that put Honda on the import racing scene, the Type R.
A new Edifice Honda Type R Edition is the latest Casio collab with an auto manufacturer brand
As can be expected with any model in the line, the Edifice Honda Type R has a hefty size, measuring 47.6 mm × 48.2 mm × 11.9 mm. It makes use of a combination of carbon and stainless steel and tips the scales at about 68 grams. Anyone familiar with the Honda Type R knows what “Alcantara” is, and that’s the material of choice, along with genuine leather, for the band that comes with a triple-fold clasp.
The Edifice Honda Type R is also water-resistant up to 100 meters, comes equipped with Tough Solar complimenting the battery as a power source, sports a Sapphire crystal glass with anti-reflective coating, and also comes with a connectivity feature with the Casio Watches app that allows you to maximize its use.
The base of the dial incorporates a honeycomb pattern evoking the look of a Type R car’s front grille. The inset dial at the 9 o’clock position features a motif inspired by meters used in certain past Type R models, employing red and white measurement markings and a yellow hand.
Now, if you’re wondering what other real “watch” functions the Edifice Honda Type R piece has, you’re in for a pretty long list of features. Are you ready? Here we go:
- World time: 38 time zones (38 cities + coordinated universal time), city code display, city name display, daylight saving on/off, auto summer time (DST) switching, Home city/World time city swapping
- Stopwatch: 1/100-second stopwatch
- Measuring capacity:
00’00”00~59’59”99 (for the first 60 minutes)
1:00’00~23:59’59 (after 60 minutes)
- Measuring unit:
1/100 second (for the first 60 minutes)
1 second (after 60 minutes)
- Measuring modes: Elapsed time, lap/split time
- Measuring capacity:
- Timer: Countdown timer
- Measuring unit: 1 second
- Countdown range: 60 minutes
- Countdown start time setting range: 1 second to 60 minutes (1-second increments and 1-minute increments)
- Alarm/hourly time signal: 5 daily alarms (with progress beeper)
- Hourly time signal
- Light: Double LED light
- LED light for the face (Super illuminator, selectable illumination duration (1.5 seconds or 3 seconds), afterglow)
- LED backlight for the digital display (Super illuminator, selectable illumination duration (1.5 seconds or 3 seconds), afterglow)
- Calendar: Full auto-calendar (to year 2099)
- Run time: Approx. battery operating time:
- 7 months on rechargeable battery (operation period with normal use without exposure to light after charge)
- 18 months on rechargeable battery (operation period when stored in total darkness with the power save function on after full charge)
- Accuracy: ±15 seconds per month (with no mobile link function)
Pretty long list, and quite impressive, isn’t it? Mind you, that’s not even the full list of features that the Edifice Honda Type R has!
The Casio website went on to explain that “We were inspired to create a special design that evokes the racing spirit of Honda with meticulous attention to colors, materials, and finishes, including faithful reproductions of the “Championship White” hue and “Red H” badge — iconic symbols of Honda’s Type R cars.” Just looking at this timepiece, we know they went farther and beyond just the White and the Red H, for sure.
If you’re wondering, this particular model of the Edifice Honda Type R supposedly retails at USD 430, and with a bit of snooping around, watch-selling sites have already marked them all as being sold out.
The chances of finding one of these in a local Casio 10 store are slim to none, but hey, maybe some fanboy or fangirl might just get lucky. On a very personal note, I’m hoping I’m that fan.