The power that cinema has over fashion and gadget trends has always been significant. Items appearing on-screen naturally catch the public’s eye and become highly sought after — if portrayed in the right light, of course (we’re not sure Idiocracy did Taco Bell or Fuddruckers any favours, for example).
As one of the biggest sci-fi franchises of all time, the different aesthetics of Alien – from the overall art direction, set design, to costuming – have all been heavily discussed for years.
Casio recently revisited one of its 1970s models related to the original Alien movie from 1979, and it’s going to be a hit for sure. The watch worn by Sigourney Weaver’s character Ripley in the classic movie was created by a prop maker using two examples of Casio F-100 digital watch, having the two cases joined on one wrist band. The F-100 has a (back then) futuristic style with four buttons on the watch face and a plastic case. Its features were pretty advanced for the time too, including a stopwatch accurate to 1/100 sec as part of the chronograph feature, twin display modes, and even a light.
The reissued A100WE series takes the same appearance as the F-100. The case is still made of plastic, but now has a metallic look in order to better match the stainless steel strap. The coloured front buttons maintain the retro-futuristic feel, and in addition to the sliver colourway, a gold option and a version with an inverted LCD display are also available.