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INTRODUCING: Casio’s Full Metal G-Shocks with Coloured Dials

The new Casio G-Shock Full Metal watches with multi-coloured dials.

Four multi-coloured additions to the tough all-metal range embody style and substance.

There are many significant moments that bring us to the latest collection of Full Metal G-Shocks, incidentally released during the 40th anniversary of the fan-favourite watch. First is when Casio started making quartz-powered wristwatches in 1974 – the innovative and trendy Casiotron boasted a small LCD screen that accurately told the time and date.  

Kikuo Ibe, the creator of the Casio G-Shock watch.
Kikuo Ibe, the creator of the Casio G-Shock watch.

In 1981, Casio engineer Kikuo Ibe proposed a robust watch that could withstand falls without breaking and began the development of a shock-resistant construction. After watching a little girl toss a ball in a playground, Ibe conceptualised the G-Shock, which was launched in 1983. “I imagined the watch being housed inside the ball and developed the idea of housing the engine in a floating structure, which is the basis of the G-Shock concept,” he told CROWN in a 2016 interview.

G-Shocks were designed according to the Triple-10 concept – 10-bar water resistance, 10-year battery life, and shock resistance that can withstand a 10-metre drop. The all-metal version of the G-Shock came in 1996. Ibe and a young team of engineers took a whole year and a half to create it, basing its anti-shock concept on the bumper design of a car. This brings us to 2023 and the launch of the new GMW-B5000PC, GMW-B5000BPC, GM-B2100PC, and GM-B2100BPC – full-metal timepieces with a clever use of colours on their faces.

The Casio G-Shock Full Metal GMW-B5000PC in steel case with gradient blue dial.
The Casio G-Shock Full Metal GMW-B5000PC in steel with gradient blue dial.

From a technical standpoint, the 5000 and 2100 series are quite similar, especially the new models. Water-resistant up to 200m, solar-powered, and through a smartphone app, they provide auto time adjustment, approximately 300 world time cities, reminders, and, most critically, a ‘Phone Finder’ function. Resin buffering components installed between the bezel and case add to its shock resistance, while a screw-lock caseback ensures a tight seal. Essentially, they have all the cool stuff G-Shocks are known for and more. 

The Casio G-Shock Full Metal GMW-B5000BPC in black ion-plated steel case with gradient blue dial.
The Casio G-Shock Full Metal GMW-B5000BPC in black ion-plated steel with gradient blue dial.

Aesthetics is where things differ. The 5000 series is a throwback to the first-ever G-Shock with its iconic rectangular form, while the 2100 series adopts an octagonal bezel. Purists might prefer the GMW-B5000PC (stainless steel) and GMW-B5000BPC (black ion-plated steel), endowed with gradated blue/green hues on the perimeter of the watch’s digital display, achieved by a glass vapour deposition process. This is enriched by the feature indications and frame line, which incorporate red, yellow, and other accent colours. 

The Casio G-Shock Full Metal GM-B2100 in black ion-plated steel or steel case with rainbow-style dial.
The Casio G-Shock Full Metal GM-B2100 in black ion-plated steel or steel with rainbow-style dial.

With the new models in the 2100 range, the contrast of the bright colours on the hands and indices against the all-black dial makes for truly compelling timepieces. Warm hues of burnt orange, yellow, and red are paired with the GM-B2100BPC, which is fitted with a black ion-plated steel case, while cooler purples and blues go very well with the all-steel GM-B2100PC. Each watch is offered with a matching stainless steel bracelet with a one-touch, three-fold clasp. The watches are available at all G-Shock boutiques and authorised retailers.

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