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On this week’s B&J Wound-Up: We (Nearly) Run Out of Ming Jokes, An Update on Oris’s NHS Aquis Auction and a Collaboration between two Japanese Giants: Casio and Honda.
Introducing: The Casio Edifice x Honda Racing Limited Edition
This week saw the overall underrated brand Casio Edifice release a watch in collaboration with Honda Racing – the famed suppliers of power units to Redbull Racing and it’s little brother team Toro Rosso (now Alpha Tauri). While the watch won’t be heavily endorsed by either team, Casio Edifice is one of the title sponsors for Alpha Tauri, meaning we’re likely to see the watch on the wrists of drivers Pierre Gasly and Daniil Kvyat as well as the pit crew and team principle this weekend at Silverstone. This Casio Edifice is, therefore, the most inexpensive way of getting an F1 team timekeeping partner brand on your wrist, without spending an astronomical amount of money on Lando Norris’s Richard Mille 11-03 or Lewis Hamilton’s IWC Perpetual Calendar.
The watch itself features a sporty, technical design with a carbon fibre mesh dial and a black ion-coated octagonal case. The gold accents and insignias represent Edifice’s 20-year anniversary as a brand and the red is Honda’s signature racing colour, most notably featured on Ayrton Senna’s 1988 Honda-powered Mclaren MP4/4. The case is a considerable 48mm wide, however, the style of the lugs means that the reinforced red leather strap is able to drop straight down from the case when worn on a smaller wrist. Even so, this release might not be for you unless you have the thick wrists of a racing driver. The awkwardly-named ECB10HR-1A (or Casionda?) is a great value proposition, with features such as sapphire crystal, the complex 5618 Casio quartz module, 100m of water resistance and that sporty-looking carbon fibre mesh dial for a reasonable price-tag of around £250. The module can be operated by either the crown or Edifice’s mobile app and features world time, alarms (or ‘schedule beeper’ as Casio call it), a chronograph and a perpetual calendar programmed until 2099.
Casio Edifice models often live in the shadow of the brand’s older brother G-Shock, however, with the recent hype around the Genta-esque ‘Casioak’, the low-cost futuristic sports watches that the brand offer shouldn’t be overlooked. For more information on this release, check out A Blog to Watch’s full hands-on review.
The Casio Edifice ECB10HR-1A (Credit – A Blog to Watch)
Revisited: The Oris Aquis Date for NHS Charities Together
Back in May, we covered the story of Oris’s one-off release of a special edition Aquis in support of UK charity NHS Charities Together. The one-off piece featured a graphic of the ‘Oris Bear’ in NHS blue on the case back, along with the inscription: ‘In this Together, Oris Supports the NHS, One of One’. Although the ‘Oris Bear’ has since been used on the Limited Holstein Edition Divers 65 Chrono, this was the first time we saw him make an appearance on an Oris watch. The bear is said to represent ‘warmth, joy and hope’ – all particularly relevant sentiments during these times of national difficulty.
After 63 bids from 17 different bidders, the auction ended with the blue-bear Oris selling for a grand total of £3,350 – every penny of which will go to NHS Charities Together after Birmingham-based Fellows Auctioneers waived their fees. While not amounting to a crazy final sum, it’s worth ‘bearing’ in mind the standard green ceramic Aquis 43mm costs £1,600, meaning the honourable winning bidder paid just over double the list price. Unfortunately for the nosy ones amongst us, no information has been published on the winning bidder.
It’s been great to see some of our favourite watch brands get involved with charitable efforts during this global pandemic, we hope to see this trend continue onwards in producing some special watches and, more importantly, raising money for good causes.
A Good-Looking Minger – The MING 17.06
Earlier this week Adrian dropped a video on a watch that’s a fan-favourite among the real watch geeks of the community. A GPHG award-winner: the MING 17.06
MING is a young brand made up of 6 watch enthusiasts lead by Ming Thien. Despite their young age they already have their own distinct modern style. In a market full of microbrands churning out the same Sub-style dive watches, it’s rare to see a new brand with such a unique and recognisable design identity. Nearly as impressive as this only costing £1,000.
Price: Roughly £1,000
– 316L Steel
– 38mm wide
– 10mm Deep
– 43.9mm Lug to Lug
– Sapphire Crystal
– 100m Water Resistant
– ETA 2824-2
– 38 hr Power Reserve
– 28,800 bph (4Hz)
– 25 jewels – Adj. 5 positions
– Tested for 250 hrs.
Jump over to ming.watch to have a look at what else the brand offer. My personal favourite is the 19.02 Worldtimer. It features a Schwarz-Etienne engineered automatic world time movement with a micro-rotor made from sintered tungsten and a 70-hour power reserve. I think this watch is absolutely stunning – although, at a touch under nine grand, it sits among some serious competition.
Still available – The MING 19.02 Worldtimer
This is just flith – The case back of the MING 19.02
What’s your opinion on Casio Edifice? Let us know your thoughts on this week’s topics in the comments section below and join us next week for a full Wound-Up of the biggest industry news over the coming 7 days.