Casio has been on a tear with the Full Metal series of G-Shocks, from Tokyo twilight to mech warriors, and they’re going back to titanium with their latest in the new GMWB5000TVA1 in the Virtual Armor collection. Casio’s inspiration here? Power armor, and virtual reality. If that doesn’t sound like a recipe for an amazing G-Shock I don’t know what does. The watch delivers on that inspiration in dramatic fashion, draping its titanium case and bracelet in layers of digital camo that play in the space between gray and brown. It’s not just reality, it’s virtual reality (the same, but better).
Creating this unique camouflage pattern involves layering, masking, and engraving to retain the same small details we saw on the first Full Metal titanium G-Shock, which was PVD coated. All the same cavities and recesses are present, along with the labeling on each link. The process is ion plating which should be able to withstand the usual rigors that G-Shocks are subjected to. Just don’t drop it in the mud or you might have a hard time finding it again. The earth-tone forward color scheme is geometric in its application, and true to its inspiration looks straight out of a video game.