These are fashion watches from designers that draw the bigger bucks for significant established brand renown (plus, a couple cheapy beaters, just for the heck of it). Continue reading
Casio has been implementing the Bluetooth Smart protocol which is a subset of Bluetooth SIG specification version 4.0 in all their smartphone compatible watches: and again, now, in their newest Edifice watches: EWB-500D-1AJF and the EWB-500DC-1AJF. What’s important about this Bluetooth implementation is Casio’s complete commitment to a specific local wireless spec that mandates by definition, compatibility with iOS, Android, Blackberry and even Windows 8. To this blogger, it is welcome news that a continuing affirmation of specific direction is re-declared and that continuity in the open standard is embraced. Instead of the former tangle of issues, both hardware and software-wise, app writers simply have to write the app! For now, an app called “CASIO WATCH+ Version 2.0.1″ which was just released this week (September 3, 2014) will set up your iPhone to use all the watch’s features. Continue reading
Always a class act, Swiss watchmaker Tissot has a few sapphire faced sporty new models that demand to be seen – beautiful and luxurious, without the usual high Swiss prices. Continue reading
As part of their quality statement, Swatch says, “SWISS MADE – All Swatch watches come with the label Swiss Made which embodies a concept of quality that has been forged over the years. It includes the technical quality of watches (accuracy, reliability, water-resistance and shock-resistance), as well as their aesthetic quality (elegance and originality of design). Continue reading
The three new watches using this specific colorway are the Gulfman GW9110RD-4 (MSRP ¥ 27,000), the Mudman GW9300RD-4 (MSRP ¥ 23,000)and the Rangeman GW9400RD-4 (MSRP ¥ 48,000) and all are atomic and solar. The Gulfman specializes in tide information, the Mudman has a digital compass, and the Rangeman has the new “triple sensor” technology. Continue reading
Once again Stussy has teamed up with G-Shock to produce a collaboration DW5600 watch product – this time with a checkerboard theme and branding on the dial and upscale round tin package with the Stussy logo in the backlight. Why they are using Van’s signature checkerboard is beyond me – seems a little pushy, but I don’t know what is on their minds these days. MSRP for the wristwatch is $350. and is still available from their stores.
Another special edition, a DW56w00 in mostly white with black indicia and readout was issued to commemorate the 2014 FIFA World Cup Championship. MSRP for the watch is $250. A June release, exclusively in their own stores, and at this writing is still available.
Fashion house, F.C.R.B., produces a diverse line of flamboyant soccer styled sportswear and accessories that are popular world-wide. Their collaboration with G-Shock recently yielded a limited edition DW5600 wristwatch that is rather conservative and stealthy compared to their normal fare. As is always the case, the watch does not introduce any new technology; its base is the standard DW5600 with F.C.R.B.s logo in the display, their distinctive camo branding on the packaging and the dial. MSRP is $189 and the watch evidently was soon sold out after its May 24, 2014 release. Continue reading
From St.Petersburg, Sasha Snoom is a 25 year old artist with a background in street style illustration. His style is a mix of tag and Roth ala Mad Magazine and so far he’s very into green and gooey gruesome. His G-Shock design won the most recent competition for a limited edition collaboration DW6900. His celebration of the release is memorialized on his Facebook-like page http://vk.com/snoom along with a running history of his many accomplishments and art works. Continue reading
Other reviewers have praised Casio for the simplicity and ease of operation of the latest Bluetooth watch to carry G-Shock branding: GBA-400. Staying true to their legacy trade, the G-Shock people, smartlly doing what they do best, have designed the product with incredible shock, wear, and water resistance. They stuffed in a load of features but managed to avoid an operating system. These watches control a few of the important operations of a smartphone, providing music remote control and telephony notifications. And that is it – no camera, microphone or gesturing an Android game. It would be a huge stretch to call them smartwatches. Compared to whiz-bang Apple, Sony, LG, Samsung, Motorola, et al, the GBA-400 comes off looking only slightly smarter than an oily canvas sack of cotter pins. Continue reading
As a whole it is named #NeverBlendIn and it’s constituent parts are a scavenger hunt in Dallas, artists, Brent Rollins (including his art opening at G-Shock Soho) and Mason McFee (graphics for the scavenger hunt and new brand ambassador, introduction of the stealth and camo watches (below), on-line Profiles as part of printed G-Shock Zine, Premium Goods, a trip for two prize to the US Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach and there’s more. but I can’t grasp it all – I am just now about to sit back, breath heavy and shake my head. Casio calls it Interactive Cultural Experience Comes to Dallas to Celebrate Camouflage Timepiece Series. My name for it is only four letters long. Continue reading
When is a Baby-G not a Baby-G?
This is a trip down the scary path of rebranding. Maybe it is because “Baby-G” is such a poor choice of brand name to do business as, that Casio wanders into the unknown. But S series sounds a little more like it could reference something besides infants (which is what I think of when the word “baby” is used) or very small things (like when seeing a Smart for the first time, “oh, look at this adorable little baby car”). I’m figuring that Casio has determined that there are enough women who do not buy their stuff because it has a huge logo that says, “Baby-G” on it, that might now be interested in the same product when its huge logo is instead, “G-Shock.” Evidently in the “S series,” the S stands for small. Continue reading
More Crazy Colors G-Shock 2014
In what is becoming a yearly summertime mini-event, Casio is treating us to another group of disparite hodge-podge colorways that live up to their moniker, Crazy Colors. As far as the technology in these timepieces, there is nothing new to report. Based on G8900, Ga100, and GA110 designs, these watches behind the colorful package are familiar stuff. Continue reading
Proliferation of counterfeit watches is increasing and acceptance of it (amazon, eBay, et al) is abominable. These examples are part of a full catalog of G-Shock look-alikes. These rip-off artists not only do such a comprehensive job of covering all the best sellers, they do so with impunity on a full blown website – features, benefits, pictures, company profile, the works. It is not this blogs responsibility to police this illicit activity but it sure is important to us that none of our readers get sucked into a bad buy. Don’t buy this shit, folks.
Think yours is a fake?
Should you need to compare your G-shock with known knock-offs, click on the “Mysteries of the Orient” image to the right. We have about 120 examples so far and are accumulating more all the time. Other sources of information about counterfeit products are mygshock.com and watchuseek.com.
Well, they finally did it; spun gold from goo. With a new coloring technology and their previously developed metallic paint-like technique, Casio’s resin engineers have perfected a finish that mimics gold in all its sparkling glory. Continue reading