This Casio GMW-B5000TCC-1 (initially debuted on aBlogtoWatch right here) is the newest member of the distinctive Casio G-Shock GMW-B5000 assortment, which has been coated on aBlogtoWatch completely. This model of the GMW-B5000 is higher-end however nonetheless mid-range on condition that the Casio MR-G MRG-B5000 sits on the prime of this latter at greater than double the value of this nonetheless almost $2,000 tremendous G-Shock. So, why is Casio so excited in regards to the GMW-B5000TCC-1? It’s all in regards to the adorned titanium.
As you possibly can see, the whole titanium alloy case and bracelet are adorned with what Casio calls a circuit board camouflage sample (so, I suppose the watch can conceal out amongst circuit boards and stay undetected). This ornament is utilized utilizing a four-step course of which incorporates laser engraving. Casio has been experimenting with subtle laser engraving for a couple of years now, and for those who haven’t seen the outcomes I hope you do quickly since they’re fairly spectacular.
All of it begins with a titanium alloy developed by Nippon Metal in Japan often called TranTixxii. Neglect the very humorous means this proprietary alloy identify sounds while you say it in English, and respect the truth that, with none coating, this titanium alloy is twice as laborious as standard titanium. This hardness additionally permits for the laser engraving to look pretty much as good because it does whereas additionally permitting Casio to provide the case and bracelet elements a excessive polish. This is essential as a result of artificially giving metallic a polish by means of a coating course of typically ends in an unpleasant or cheap-looking mess. That isn’t a problem right here.
Not solely is the Casio G-Shock GMW-B5000TCC-1 very light-weight due to the particular titanium alloy, nevertheless it additionally appears outstanding after the engraving course of. The circuit board-style sample won’t attraction to everybody’s style, however the high quality of the execution is undeniably good. The ornament course of entails 4 steps per half, as I discussed above. Step one is sharpening the bottom titanium layer. Then, among the laser engraving work is finished. After that, the titanium is given a darkish grey IP (ion plating) coating for coloration and extra floor hardness. Lastly, the items undergo the laser engraving machine once more in an effort to full the aesthetic. The consequence provides not solely numerous colours of engraved surfaces but additionally a remarkably three-dimensional look that additional offers the composition a way of visible depth.
What is sensible in regards to the circuit board sample is that it precisely frames the theme of the watch. Inside is a motion module developed in-house by Casio that’s, certainly, a small surprise of circuits. Inside this watch is the Casio caliber 3459 module, and curiously, that motion identify is engraved within the decrease right-hand a part of the case. That is one among Casio’s extra fashionable modules, and it consists of Robust Solar energy charging, Bluetooth, a bunch of different options, and as much as almost two years of battery life on a totally charged cell.
Because the GMW-B5000TCC watch is amongst Casio’s higher-end G-Shock watches, it additionally has a sapphire crystal over the display screen. The case is 43.2mm-wide, 13mm-thick, and water resistant to 200 meters. The case and bracelet collectively weigh simply 104 grams, which is fairly gentle for a metallic watch on a bracelet. I’ve worn each metal and titanium G-Shock GMW-B5000 watches, and I’ve to agree that they don’t seem to be solely comfy to put on but additionally supply an amazing combination of practicality and magnificence. The metal GMW-B5000 fashions value about one-third the value of a flowery engraved titanium piece like this, however you actually do get an fascinating piece of fantastically adorned expertise with a product like this. Extra so, that is sure to be very totally different than the opposite Casio watches individuals is likely to be sporting within the room. Value for the Casio G-Shock “Full Metallic” GMWB5000TCC1 is $1,800 USD. Study extra on the Casio web site.