G-SHOCK Watches Made with Different Carbon Materials

G-Shock GCW-B5000UN Singapore Launch
G-Shock GCW-B5000UN Singapore Launch

Casio Computer Co. Ltd. announced on Nov 30, 2023, the release of new additions to its line of shock-resistant G-SHOCK watches, designed to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the G-SHOCK brand.

The new GCW-B5000UN, available in two models, joins the 5000 line, inheriting the iconic form of the very first G-SHOCK and employing carbon materials to achieve both high strength and reduced weight.

With the 1983 launch of the DW-5000C — the first-ever G-SHOCK — the brand established an entirely new product category: the “tough watch.” Out of a never-ending passion to deliver toughness, more G-SHOCK watches in recent years have employed carbon materials, which deliver strength seven times that of stainless steel, and are light weight as well. Today, G-SHOCK watches are made with resin, metal, or carbon, with more than one of these materials sometimes combined in a single model.

The new GCW-B5000UN joins the 5000 line of watches that inherit the iconic shape of the first G-SHOCK. Now, however, it achieves the shock-resistant form with components made using carbon materials created in different production processes.

G-Shock GCW-B5000UN
G-Shock GCW-B5000UN close-up

The timepiece employs different types of carbon materials for the case, bezel, band, and clasp to accommodate the watch’s complex structure, achieving a light weight at just approximately 65 g. This is 61 percent lighter than its full-metal predecessor, the GMW-B5000D, which was made with stainless steel, and weighed around 167 g.

Forged carbon which enables moulding with a high degree of flexibility, is also used for the bezel and band, while multilayer carbon is employed for the clasp’s folding arm due to its high bending strength. Also, the monocoque case and integrated case back are made with carbon fibre-reinforced resin.

The design combines the G-SHOCK’s never-ending commitment to innovation with imagery inspired by the unfathomable, infinite expanse of outer space, with a motif inspired by the Big Bang and galactic planets. The two-model lineup offers a choice between purple, featuring mixed-colour moulding with opal specks and basic black. Features including a G-SHOCK 40th anniversary logo designed by graphic artist Eric Haze engraved on the underside add extra-special touches.

The GCW-B5000UN Watch is priced at SGD 2,799 and will be made available online at https://gshock.casio.com/sg/g-news/new-releases/2023/gcw-b5000un from Dec 6, 2023 , as well as in all G-SHOCK Stores from Dec 8, 2023.

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G-SHOCK Watches Made with Different Carbon Materials
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The new G-Shock GCW-B5000UN inherits the classic form and toughness of the series but weighs just 65 g.

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