This Casio is inspired by that of Alien
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The watch: the Casio A100WE-1AVT
The only best thing about this watch: She shares a lineage with Ellen Ripley’s watch from Aliens.
The backstory: The 1970s were a fruitful period for the watch industry. Patek Philippe launched its beloved Nautilus, and Audemars Piguet’s Royal Oak was born. These watches remain the mainstays of their respective brands to this day. But these are not the only pieces from this era that deserve a place in your collection. The Casio F100 is a very different type of watch, but still popular. The F100 was first released in 1977, distinguished by its digital display and four buttons labeled with four different colored bars. The watch looked so spacey at the time that Ridley Scott’s circa 2122 hero Aliens wore the F100 while hurling vicious aliens into space. This movie was released in 1979 and Casio stopped making Ripley’s F100 in… 1979.
Now the F100 is back, this time as the much more alphanumerically blessed A100WE-1AVT. And this time, the watch is objectively more beautiful. The original F100 was Casio’s first watch with a resin case, which has a plastic look. The new A100 comes in a trio of metals: stainless steel and gold and nickel plated. The labeled buttons that set the time, manage the calendar, and activate the LED backlight remain. More importantly, the watch succeeds by turning buttons and pushers – usually slightly awkward bumps on the side of a watch – into the centerpiece of its design.
Go back in time: Like sneaker brands, watch companies are also in love with “retro” or the exhumation of iconic watches from the past. Typically, this results in watches that have ridden with the mainstream, in the past, only to suddenly return to the trend. Look no further than Rolex’s releases over the past two years: In 2020, a new range of Oyster Perpetuals with brightly colored dials was a throwback to ’80s favorites, and in 2021 the Crown released. an Explorer faithful to the original from the 1950s. There are countless examples of watches taken from the archives.
Casio offers a full line, simply referred to as the Vintage collection, which serves as the home of these watches from the past. So while luxury brands play it safe with slim cases inspired by small vintage watches, Casio is going full blast in its DeLorean. The vintage line is where Casio launches watches with calculators, Pac-Man designs and this piece used in Aliens. (The franchise has made a surprisingly robust contribution to the world of watches: Aliens featured several different watches made in collaboration with Seiko.) The price of the new A100 is also downright retro: $ 55 for stainless steel; $ 75 for gold and gray.
Where and when to buy it: The new Casio A100WE-1AVT will be available on the brand’s website in early September.
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