Casio’s G-Shocks are always at the cutting edge of technological innovations, utilising some of the most accurate timekeeping technology available. In the same spirit of development, the latest model to join the range marks the culmination of six years of research between Casio and the Nippon Steel Company to develop a brand new titanium alloy, used throughout the new GMW-B5000TR-9’s case and bracelet.
From a design point of view, the new piece follows the same square shape that has come to define the G-Shock full metal line. However, unlike previous instances such as the G-Shock Red Ion Edition, it does away with having a single block colour in favour of a multicoloured ion plated bracelet. Those colours are gold, dark grey, light grey, blue and red.
However, what’s extra special is the material underneath the colour – the new titanium alloy. It’s part of the TranTixxii® brand line of metals and is called Super-TIX20AFG. It was developed specially for the G-Shock range and boasts twice the hardness of regular titanium as well as having all the same lightweight and anticorrosive properties.
Additionally, it has been designed to provide a smooth and flat polish, making it suitable for a mirror-finish – the first G-Shock in titanium to be finished this way. This means the multicoloured aesthetic is allowed to pop with even more vibrancy.
The added utility of the hardwearing material and it’s new style possibilities are a bonus on top of the already established qualities that make the G-Shock full metal timepieces so popular. The inbuilt-shock resistance, multi-band 6 radio control, Bluetooth connectivity, solar charging, DLC coating and Super Illuminator LED display are all versatile features that were innovations in their own right when they were first introduced into watchmaking.
Likewise, the bracelet is also a staple of the collection, yet while it would be easy to overlook it on any other model in the series, let’s take a closer look, since it stands out so much thanks to its new multicoloured nature. The design is based on the sports strap of the original G-Shock that was made of resin – replicated in metal down to the level of dimple processing and other details. The connector is three pronged to bear the additional weight of the metal.
Ultimately, the only meaningful change in the GMW-B5000TR-9 from previous versions is the new alloy and in order to show off the material Casio have gone for this multicoloured design. It’s certainly different and interesting but also feels somewhat unnecessary. I understand why they’ve done it, to show off the mirror finish on titanium, but I think it could distract from the improvement rather than emphasise it.
It’s a welcome addition to the range and I look forward to seeing what Casio can achieve with its new titanium alloy, hopefully its capabilities go beyond shiny colours. Available from April.
Price & Specs:
Model: Casio G-Shock GMW-B5000TR
Case/Dial: 49.3mm diameter, full metal “Super-TIX20AFG titanium alloy” designed by TranTixxii™, light-on-dark LCD screen
Water Resistance: 200m (20 bar)
Power Reserve: Approximately twenty two-month battery life (without additional light exposure), solar charging
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, date/month display, world time, alarm, Bluetooth® connectivity, stopwatch, phone finder
Strap: Full metal bracelet with multicolour ion plating
More details at G-SHOCK.