I bet none of us had a $1,700 G-Shock on our 2021 Bingo Cards, but here we are. The new Casio GMWB5000TR-9 is a watch that uses a new type of titanium called “Tran Tixxii,” “jointly developed over a six-year period by Casio and Nippon Steel Corporation.”

The material has a mirror surface but is harder than pure titanium and it is ion-plated in multiple colors including red, blue, gray, and gold. It looks a little convoluted but it’s really, really pretty.

From the release:

Today, Casio announces the latest addition to its popular G-SHOCK Full Metal GMWB5000 series, featuring a refined multicolor Ion-Plated Band and mirror finished bezel. The GMWB5000TR-9 introduces a new titanium material called “Tran Tixxii,” which was jointly developed over a six-year period by Casio and Nippon Steel Corporation, Japan’s largest steelmaker, resulting in a hardness that is approximately twice that of pure titanium, while offering a mirror surface comparable to that of stainless steel.

The GMWB5000TR-9 is equipped with Bluetooth Connectivity via the G-SHOCK Connected app for automatic time adjustment, world time, and many more functions that are easy to use. The innovative design is accompanied by outstanding practicality, thanks to the original Tough Solar power system, Multi-band 6 radio wave reception, an STN LCD, and a full-auto LED backlight.

The GMWB5000TR-9 will retail for $1,700 and will be available for purchase mid-May. I’m not amazed by this piece but I’m definitely intrigued.

By John Biggs

John lives in Brooklyn and has loved watches since he got his first Swatch Irony automatic in 1998. He is the editor of WristWatchReview.

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