INTRODUCING: Casio’s Full Metal G-Shocks with 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.
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.
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.
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.
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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