The Casio G-Shock Gravitymaster GPW-2000-1AER watch hands-on
It looks as if the new Casio G-Shock Gravitymaster GPW-2000 1AER was created in Hasbro's labs by Transformers’ designers; this is the last frontier of the GPS-Hybrid Wave Ceptor from the Casio's G-Shock series. The truth is that the iconic design of the G-Shock timepiece has undergone both an aesthetical and a technical evolution; it is the result of a continuous improvement process (also knowns as “Kaizen”), which is part of Japanese industrial culture and whose dramatic pace cannot be seen in any other item that is not a G-Shock watch.
If Casio tried to simplify its aesthetic side through the Edifice collection to make it more similar to that of the more classic watch-making design for example, the Casio's Casio G-Shock Gravitymaster GPW-2000 1AER is deliberately complicated both aesthetically and technically. It could be compared to an explosion of volumes, which is the result of an extreme search for performance, while still maintaining (for a few years on now) a completely analogic visualization of all the functions, at least in the high-end models. The modular construction of a G-Shock is functional not only to its already-known resistance characteristics but it is, from my point of view and based on my personal experience, also functional to simplify servicing operations on a timepiece that, objectively speaking, is quite out of the ordinary.
The Casio G-Shock Gravitymaster GPW-2000 1AER is shock-resistant, centrifugal force-resistant and vibration-resistant and there is no doubt that the test specifications this timepiece has to go through are extremely tough; the watch abides by the ISO standard rule for magnetic field resistance and Casio also made available a few videos on its official channels that show the case of a G-Shock undergoing the three tests mentioned above.
The acronym "GPS-Hybrid Wave Ceptor" indicates the watch’s ability to self-adjust both through the GPS network and, in the event that the radio signal is better received than the GPS signal, through the controlled radio signal too.
Inside the strap, Casio's engineers added a carbon fibre insert to further increase the traction resistance both longitudinally and transversally according to the selected texture. What struck me most, however, is Casio’s decision to use six double coil motors to independently operate the hands and the two separate annular disks used for the date and day/functions. The hands that manage the instantaneous measurement function are required to work under very high starting torques, while the need to be shock-resistant is the main reason the seconds central hand was crafted using a carbon fibre composite.
Among the features of the Casio G-Shock Gravitymaster GPW-2000 1AER that really stand out are all those functions present as standard on Casio's related products; the timepiece’s ability to connect to a smartphone through a dedicated application, the time display of over three hundred cities around the globe and two time zones simultaneously. The Casio G-Shock Gravitymaster GPW-2000 1AER also features a LED-light that lightens the dial in low light conditions. The Casio G-Shock Gravitymaster GPW-2000 1AER is a tool watch, it is the best of the best among the G-Shock timepieces and it is also an instrument that you can use to explore all of the almost infinite features you have at your disposal, whether you are a pilot, a crazy fan of micro-engineering or simply a collector of the ultimate G-Shock.
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Gaetano C @Horbiter®