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For years G-Shock has paid tribute to the 1983 original TV-screen-shaped digital DW5000C model that propelled G-Shock to wristwatch fame. We’ve seen numerous iterations in recent years made with a wide variety of metals, finishes and colors.

The new G-Shock MRG-B5000D-1

G-Shock now presents the MRGB5000D-1 and MRGB5000B-1, two new versions of the famed design that deliver the watch’s trademark shape within a case made with the same premium materials and artisanal finishing seen only on the brand’s high-end (and until now, round-cased) MR-G collection.

G-Shock makes the new watches with twenty-five individual components polished with the same high-end Sallaz technique G-Shock uses only on its premium watches. Underneath the finishing however, G-Shock constructs a particularly hard shell, starting with the bezel, which is made from a cobalt-chrome alloy that G-Shock says is four times harder than titanium.

The new G-Shock MRGB5000 models feature an intricately shaped bezel made up of 25 parts that have been individually finished with Sallaz polishing.

The cases on both models are made of the extra-hard titanium alloy Ti64 while the band is composed of DAT55G, another hard titanium alloy.

One of the new releases, the MRGB5000B-1 , is darker than the other thanks to its black coating on the case and band. The diamond-like carbon (DLC) coating is meant to resemble the original black DW5000C.

This model also adds gold-colored ion plating on the buttons and screw-lock case back, which matches other MR-G models. The second new model, MRGB5000D-1, is made with a silver-colored titanium carbide finish. Like the original DW5000C, the screen features a brick pattern and a red line frame around the digital display.

Both watches are as shock resistant as you’d expect from G-Shock. They’re made with the brand’s 25-piece Multi-Guard Structure incorporating flat springs and resin buffers between the components of the watch.

Of course, both the MRGB5000D-1 and the MRGB5000B-1 work with Bluetooth functionality that allows the watch to be connected to a smartphone via the Casio Watches app and to facilitate ‘Atomic’ timekeeping. The solar-powered watches feature 200 meters of water resistance, a sapphire crystal, Super LED display, 1 Sec. Timer (24Hr), five daily alarms, full calendar and world time. See a special G-Shock website for more details.

Prices: $3,500 (MRGB5000D-1) and $4,000 (MRGB5000B-1). Both models are available at select G-SHOCK retailers, the G-SHOCK Soho Store and gshock.com.

 

G-Shock adds a colorful new limited edition G-Steel model with the GM110RH-1A, the second watch made in collaboration with NBA star Rui Hachimura, the first Japanese player ever to be taken in the first round of the NBA draft (2019).

The new G-Shock GM110RH-1A is the second watch made in collaboration with NBA star Rui Hachimura

G-Shock started the new design by adding a polished copper bezel to its GM110 case. Then, inspired by the colors of the national flag of Benin, where Hachimura’s father was born, G-Shock added yellow, red, and green accents to the dial and band loop on one of the GM110RH-1A interchangeable bands. The yellow hour hand, red minute hand, green inset dial and Y-shaped bridge offer a particularly high level of visibility.

G-Shock includes two interchangeable rubber straps with the watch. One is a black textured band with a metal copper IP buckle. The second is inspired by a West African Kente-cloth motif. Kente are specially woven festive ritual cloths used in West Africa. Finally, G-Shock engraves Hachimura’s signature Black Samurai logo on the back plate, band loop and packaging. This combines the Japanese character for 8 and a Japanese sword.

“The watch draws inspiration from my roots in Benin and Africa, which are very important to me,” says Hachimura. “The band design and watch face evoke elements of Beninese culture and I am delighted at how Casio brought my ideas to life.”

G-Shock includes two interchangeable rubber straps with the watch.

Of course the new G-Shock GM110RH-1A comes with the full range of G-Shock’s technical attractions, notably its superior shock resistance, magnetic resistance and 200 meters of water resistance, a full auto calendar, a three-year battery, world time display and 24-hour countdown timer.

Price: $420, available at select G-Shock retailers, the G-Shock Soho Store, and gshock.com.

 

 

I’ve been a fan of the newest colorful G-Shock Full Metal 5000 collection since early this year when I had the chance to wear an earlier edition for a few weeks. The combination of metallic finishes and creative coloring certainly add an attractive spark to what could be a very familiar high-tech digital timekeeper.

Clearly G-Shock knows it has hit on its hands with the collection, which might explain the regular updates with novel finishes within the Full Metal GMWB5000 line.

The latest addition, GMWB5000PB-6, is an eye-catching ode to Tokyo, G-Shock’s hometown. Here G-Shock ion plates the watch’s case in a pleasing purple and blue-gray, which the brand says “is inspired by the beauty of Tokyo at twilight when light and darkness interplay.” The two-tone finish includes a new hue of purple ion plating, alongside the deep blue-gray.

To complement that pairing, G-Shock has added color to the dial, where you’ll see touches of orange, purple and light blue. The dial, displayed in reverse LCD, is framed by a bezel and band with brushed finishing (which G-Shock calls ‘hairline) mirror-finishes, again adding a visual sense dimension to the entire watch.

The new GMWB5000PB-6 of course includes all of G-SHOCK’s premium technical features. These are: smartphone pairing capabilities via Bluetooth, self-adjusting multi-band hour and date timekeeping, Tough Solar Technology and a very useful phone finder function. In addition, the watch boasts 200 meters of water resistance, a super illuminator LED light, five daily alarms, and a digital display that makes the watch easy to read from any angle.

The GMWB5000PB-6 is priced at $600 and can be purchased starting in mid-September at select G-SHOCK retailers, the G-SHOCK Soho Store, and gshock.com.

 

At the top end of G-Shock’s already premium MR-G series, the new G-Shock  MRGB2000BS3A is a limited-edition ode to a samurai commander spirit known as Hana-Basara. Working from this theme, G-Shock combines a series of ultra-strong materials with hand-worked techniques to create the new titanium-cased MR-G watch.

The new G-Shock  MRGB2000BS3A.

For example, G-Shock uses a titanium alloy called Cobarion to make the bezel on the new watch. The material, which G-Shock says is four-times harder than pure titanium, also features a facet-cutting technique as applied by polishing artisan Kazuhito Komatsu. He polishes the facets with varying angles, leaving a bright finish. His work frames curved indices meant to echo the curvature of a Japanese sword.

Likewise, G-Shock has forged the watch’s titanium case from DAT55G titanium, which is said to be three times harder than pure titanium. On the side of the case you’ll find a brown arc-ion-plated ring set with a commemorative plate engraved with “25th LIMITED” to mark the 25th anniversary of the MR-G line.

Brown arc ion plating is applied to the case along with this commemorative plate.

Samurai colors

The coloring across the watch’s dial and bezel also pay homage to the Hana-Basara. For example, G-Shock echoes the traditional Japanese hue kurogane-iro, or iron color, on the watch’s titanium band and screw-lock case back, paired with a newly developed, dark green DLC finish. G-Shock says that the color resembles the ironclad helmet and armor worn by Basara samurai commanders.

As expected with all MR-G models, G-Shock equips the new MRGB2000BS3A limited edition with its own Tough Solar Power, Super LED Light, Multiband 6 technology and Bluetooth connectivity (via the MR-G Connected app). This connection enables automatic time adjustment, world time displays and many other premium functions.

The new G-Shock MRGB2000BS3A (offered as a limited edition of 400 watches) is priced at $8,000.

 

G-Shock vies for immortality as it debuts a watch within its luxury MT-G collection made with colors said to recall the Blue Phoenix, a bird sometimes called the Chinese phoenix and said to be a symbol of good luck, or more specifically immortality and rebirth.  

The new G-Shock MTGB2000PH2.

The new G-Shock MTGB2000PH2 is a limited-edition steel and carbon watch with an eye-catching, rainbow-colored bezel and case. Its yellow to red IP-finished case flash atop a largely blue hue. These colors echo on the dial as well, along with purple, pink, orange and yellow accents.

G-Shock created the watch with two types of colorful IP finishing, with horizontal gradation on the bezel and vertical gradation on the case. The resulting color variation creates a set of unique patterns that vary from watch to watch, which means no two G-Shock MTGB2000PH2 models are the same.

G-Shock’s IP-finished color variation creates a set of unique patterns that vary from watch to watch.

The new watch continues G-Shock’s exploration of colorful IP-finished cases and bracelets. This latest example comes two years after G-Shock debuted the much-discussed rainbow-finished MTGB1000RB-2A, and more recently following the debut of several colorful Full Metal Series models. Only a few weeks ago, G-Shock upped the ante with the gold and rainbow-colored GMWB5000TR-9, the first titanium G-Shock with an all-mirror IP finish.

As an MT-G collection model, the watch offers a Bluetooth communication function that can automatically connect with the G-Shock Connected app. In addition, the full range of G-Shock technical and anti-shock structural features are also here, including a sapphire crystal, Carbon Core Guard structure and Tough Solar Power. Basic features include high-brightness LED illumination, dual time and chronograph.

The G-Shock MTG-B2000PH ($1,100) will be available beginning in June at G-Shock retailers, the G-Shock Soho Store, and gshock.com.