Camo and Chrono: 7 Interesting Casio G-Shock Watches

Fans and collectors of Casio G-Shock watches have seven more reasons to make room on their shelves and wrists. This year, the brand launched three new styles of Casio G-Shock watches — an all-analog chronograph, an analog-digital chrono, and a military-style, camouflage-pattern all-digital model — available in a total of seven new color schemes.

The 3D Camo Print Camouflage series (Reference GDX6900CM) is the first G-Shock watch of its type released by Casio. It has a 3D camo pattern (available in tan or gray) printed on its case, strap, and plated dial. The watches are suitably huge (57 mm in diameter), but light (just 84 grams) and water-resistant to 200 meters. The watch includes an auto-LED “Super Illuminator” and a 10-year battery. Its array of useful functions includes a world timer, 1/100-second chronograph, countdown timer, and three multi-function alarms. The 3D Camo Series G-Shocks are priced at $150.

Casio G- Shock 3D Camo GD-X6900CM-5
Casio G- Shock 3D Camo GD-X6900CM-5

 

Casio G- Shock 3D Camo GD-X6900CM-8

 

Casio G- Shock 3D Camo GD-X6900CM-8-front
Casio G- Shock 3D Camo GD-X6900CM-8-back

 

The new GA310 G-Shocks, equipped with chronographs as well as other standard G-Shock functions, feature Arabic numerals at the 12 and 6 o’clock positions of their hybrid analog/digital-display dials. They are available in matte black with white accents (GA310-1A), blue with light blue accents (GA310-2A), and pink with yellow accents (GA310-4A).

Casio G-Shock GA-310-1A
Casio G-Shock GA-310-2A
Casio G-Shock GA-310-4A

Finally, the new GAC110 series of G-Shock watches has an all-analog display, with an Arabic numeral “12” and minute markers around the outer rim. This model is available in matte black with red accents (GAC110-1A) and in deep purple with contrasting neon green accents. Both the GA310 and GAC110 watch collections have large, 52.7-mm cases, dual-ladder straps, magnetic resistance and 200-meter water resistance, in addition to the well-known Casio shock-resistant technology that is typical of all Casio G-Shock watches.  The GAC110 models feature a screw-lock crown to adjust the time and date display and the GA310 watches have an auto-LED light for easy reading of the watch’s various functions, which include a countdown timer, five daily alarms, and the 1/100-second chronograph. The GA310 also boasts world times for 48 cities and the ability to display the time in 12- or 24-hour formats. All of these new Casio G-Shock chronograph watches retail for $150.

Casio G-Shock GAC-110-1A
Casio G-Shock GAC-110-6A

A Look Back at Baselworld 2014: New Breitling Chronomat Airborne Watches

Breitling Chronomat 44 Airborne - frontThe iconic Breitling Chronomat pilots’ watch turns 30 this year. To mark the occasion, Breitling has released four new models of the Breitling Chronomat Airborne collection, in two case sizes, at Baselworld 2014. The watches have quickly become popular timepieces and are now widely available.

The original Breitling Chronomat — conceived as an aviation chronograph watch for the Italian  Frecce Tricolori aerobatics team — was designed with the needs of professional pilots in mind. The sturdiness of the case, the ergonomic shapes of the lugs, crown and chrono push-pieces, and the readability of the dial all contributed to making the Breitling Chronomat the flagship of Breitling’s collection. It was also the first of the Breitling watch families to contain the brand’s in-house Caliber in 2009. For the model’s 30th anniversary, Breitling has launched a special series of the Breitling Chronomat that recalls the look of the original Frecce Tricolori Chronomat. The Breitling Chronomat Airborne is available in two case sizes (41 mm and 44 mm in diameter) and two dial colors (Onyx black and Sierra silver).

Breitling Chronomat  41 Airborne - Onyx black dialBreitling Chronomat 41 Airborne - Sierra silver dial

The Breitling Chronomat watches are distinguished by their satin-brushed rotating bezels, equipped with four raised rider tabs that make it easier to rotate even while wearing gloves and enable the wearer to count off flight times. Other new features include the rubber-inlay indices on the bezel and the cream-colored, luminous indices on the dial. The stainless steel case has a polished finish. The models with Onyx black dials have silver-toned subdial counters and the ones with silver dials have black subdial counters. The caseback is engraved with the inscription “Edition Spéciale 30e Anniversaire” (“Special 30th Anniversary Edition”) and the silhouette of an Aermacchi, one of the 10 planes flown by the Italian flight squadron. The Breitling Chronomat Airborne is fitted with a sturdy, military-style fabric strap, secured by a folding clasp. It contains Breitling’s manufacture chronograph Caliber BR01, which boasts automatic winding and a COSC chronometer certification. The Airborne models will launch in the U.S. in June, Breitling says, and the prices will range from $8,030 to $9,060.

Breitling Chronomat 44 Airborne - front
Breitling Chronomat 44 Airborne - angle
Breitling Chronomat 44 Airborne - caseback