Up until now, G-SHOCK’s top-shelf Full Metal series of watches, which spans the brand’s 2100 and 5000 ranges, has mostly focused on the cases themselves. Opting for metal materials instead of the resin typical of these lines, Full Metal has still managed to play a bit with color. However, with this new four-piece collection, the Casio sub-label has brought a gradient touch to the dials. Let’s take a look.
With stainless steel bezels, cases, casebacks, and bands, the new additions consist of two B2100 references (GM-B2100BPC-1A and GM-B2100PC-1A) and two B5000 references (GMW-B5000BPC-1 and GMW-B5000PC-1), with a silver-colored case and black-colored case version of each. While the B5000 models sport gradation from blue to green, the B2100BPC goes from orange to yellow, and the B2100BP from blue to purple. The B2100 has only seen four variants before these two, so this release has some significance beyond the mere coloring. Sometimes all it takes is a slightly new colorway to change your perspective on a watch. While the Full Metal series has been a welcomed addition to the G-SHOCK range, there hasn’t been much room for any of the retro styling that’s become one of the brand’s calling cards.
Last year, we saw G-SHOCK add some color gradation to its 5600 and non-metal 2100 models, which brought a decidedly ‘90s touch to the timepieces. However, with these four most recent editions, the gradient effect has been reserved for the indices and hands on the analog B2100 and the outer dial on the digital B5000. We’ve seen colored indices and hands plenty of times before, but color gradation is certainly a rarity. All four models benefit from 200m of water resistance, shock resistance, Bluetooth phone linking, Super Illuminator, and G-SHOCK’s Tough Solar charging.
Opening up for orders next month, the new gradient Full Metal watches don’t yet have a price but the standard Full Metal watches start at $550. Head over to G-SHOCK’s website to learn more.