Saturday, July 13, 2024

G-SHOCK 40th Anniversary Limited Edition Carbon Fiber Watch GCW-B5000UN: Lightweight and Durable

Since its debut, G-SHOCK has continuously innovated in terms of functionality, performance, and materials. To celebrate the brand’s 40th anniversary, they have introduced a new carbon fiber limited edition series, launching two models, GCW-B5000UN-1 and GCW-B5000UN-6. The appearance continues the classic square design of the first-generation model, DW-5000C. Made from various carbon fiber materials, the entire watch weighs only about 65 grams, achieving a burden-free wear and creating a robust yet lightweight watch.

Thanks to G-SHOCK’s pursuit of “absolute toughness” and the spirit of continuous breakthrough and challenge, a variety of materials, including resin, metal, and carbon fiber, have been used in watch production. Even within a single style, multiple materials are combined. The use of carbon fiber materials has opened up a new realm for the inherent concept of robustness and durability. In recent years, more and more G-SHOCK watches have adopted carbon fiber materials, which are seven times as hard and ten times as strong as stainless steel, yet they are lightweight and only a quarter of the weight of stainless steel.

The GCW-B5000UN uses different types of carbon fiber materials for the case, bezel, strap, and buckle to adapt to the complex structure, achieving a light weight of about 65 grams. This is 61% lighter than the full metal GMW-B5000D made of stainless steel, which weighs 167 grams, perfectly showing the high hardness, high strength, and light weight of carbon fiber. The bezel and strap of the carbon fiber limited edition series GCW-B5000UN are made of forged carbon, which can be molded into complex shapes. The folding arm of the buckle is made of multi-layer carbon fiber, possessing excellent longitudinal and bending abilities. The carbon skeleton case is made of carbon fiber-reinforced resin, fully utilizing its lightness and toughness to achieve excellent ruggedness and rigidity while maintaining the optimal shock-resistant form.

The appearance of the watch is inspired by the faint light of the magnificent galaxy night sky, creating the GCW-B5000UN-1 with a pattern mixed of black and gray, and the GCW-B5000UN-6, which combines black carbon fiber, blue and pink resin, and opal spots. The design is full of mystery, bringing a unique visual effect.