I’ve been on the record for a long time about my love for brightly colored G-Shocks. I reviewed my GA-2100 a few years ago, which I purchased primarily because it’s almost radioactive red, which is just a lot of fun. I’ll be honest: I don’t find myself wearing my red Casioak very much these days, but it sits in a place of honor on my desk, never too far out of view, adding a certain spark to my home office decor. I think there are basically two kinds of G-Shocks: the super utilitarian, tacti-cool, blacked out, mega tough watches that have always been their bread and butter sit on one end of the spectrum, while hyper colorful, design forward, and dare I say trendy watches run diametrically opposed. Personally, I’m here for the colorful and fun G-Shocks, and that’s very much what they’ve unveiled here in the form of a multi-color, full metal DW5000 inspired by the Tokyo skyline at twilight.
Full metal G-Shocks give these watches a luxurious vibe that you simply can’t achieve with the resin cases that brand is still most associated with, which is somewhat ironic considering the inherently tough qualities of stainless steel and titanium, the materials G-Shock typically uses in their upmarket full metal releases. For this watch, which carries reference GMWB5000PB-6, G-Shock has employed a two-tone IP finish in purple and and blue-gray tone. Refreshingly, purple is the most prominent color here, making up the case and chunky endlinks. The bracelet alternates between blue and purple links, putting a unique G-Shock spin on traditional two-tone finishes found in high end luxury watches. I’ve personally never seen Tokyo during the twilight hour, but the balance of purple and blue here is certainly evocative. The dial isn’t an afterthought by any stretch, and has accents in orange, purple, and light blue, mated to a reverse LCD. This is not a watch for anyone who is squeamish about color.
The GMWB5000PB-6 is a full featured G-Shock on the technology side. This one will pair with your smartphone via bluetooth, and has self-adjusting atomic timekeeping capabilities. It’s solar powered, which equals trouble free usage for years without a service for most owners, and it has the standard shock resistance, 200 meters of water resistance, alarms, and calendars that make all G-Shocks so genuinely useful, even when they exist as aesthetically driven objects, as the Tokyo Twilight model certainly does.
The GMWB5000PB-6 is expected to go on sale in the middle of this month through G-Shock retailers and the G-Shock website. The retail price is $600. G-Shock