Images of two new Casio G-Shock watches have leaked, which appear to put a fresh spin on the classic square design. The images, picked up by Casio fan blog G-Central, apparently emerged via a source in Hong Kong and are believed to be of the upcoming GMW-B5000TVB and MRG-B5000BA watches.
The GMW-B5000TVB features an inverted LCD display and a geometric camo-inspired design on the bezel and strap, much like the Garmin Instinct 2 Camo Edition. Photovoltaic cells will keep the battery charged, and it also appears to have Bluetooth connectivity. Unlike the G-Squad Pro, this isn’t a smartwatch, but we expect you can change the time settings using the Casio Watch mobile app.
According to design blog Core 77, which posted what appear to be official press images of the watch, the GMW-B5000TVB’s bezel and bracelet are crafted using multiple layers of titanium carbide. The surface is then partially masked and ion-plated to create irregular patterns of silver, brown and black.
Core 77 says the watch is expected to ship in June. If true, this will likely be the US release date, followed by other territories. There’s no pricing yet, but the similarly styled GMW-B5000TVA-1 went on sale for $1,650 (about £1,200 / AU$2,200) in September last year, we expect so something similar.
A touch of blue
Details on the MRG-B5000BA are sparse, but it appears to have the same blue accents as last year’s Kachi-Iro Collection limited edition. According to Casio, the navy tint is “the color of victory and victory in Japanese culture”, and was favored by samurai warriors, who used it to accent their armor and helmets.
We wouldn’t be surprised if Casio revisited this theme; Earlier this month, the company unveiled the MRG-B2000B-1A4, which borrows the red color of armor worn by elite samurai units during Japan’s Sengoku (Warring States) period.
It also has a reverse LCD screen and appears to have a black ion-plated case like the MRGB5000B-1 launched last month. The new watch lacks the gold plating of the MRGB5000B-1, but if it’s a limited edition, we wouldn’t be surprised if it carries a similar price tag of around $4,000 (about £3,000 / AU$5,500).