GST-B100BNR-1A- The G-Shock Watch for the Jazz Lover

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When you love jazz as much as you love watches

It’s a Bluetooth equipped G-Steel watch marking the collaboration with Blue Note Records. It's the perfect result of a natural blend of two famous iconic world views- looks, performance, and overall value.

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Anyone that is into watches knows about G-Shock. As a matter of fact, if you dig watches a lot, the chances are that you already own a G-Shock.

Why is the world so fascinated with G-Shock watches?

Gone are the days when a watch would merely tell you the time. For decades now, people in the industry have been trying to design watches that came with impressive features. A watch isn’t just a tool for telling time, and modern watches include functions that nobody even dreamed about centuries ago.

It’s the case with the G-Shock watches that have become the perfect image of tough and long lasting timepieces that never disappoint.

The first model was created back in 1983 when a Casio engineer was trying to accomplish just one thing: building the watch that takes a fall and handles all sorts of challenging conditions.

It took Mr. Ibe 200 handmade samples to get there, but he did manage to create a watch that becomes a milestone for the whole world of timepieces.

Seven fundamental elements define any G-Shock watches:

  • Shock resistance
  • Toughness
  • Water resistance
  • Vibration resistance
  • Gravity resistance
  • Low-temperature resistance
  • Electric shock resistance

In addition to the seven features, all G-Shock watches are made with specific technologies that protect them in case of direct impact. The G-Shock watches come with suspended timekeeping modules inside the structure and urethane that protects all the elements inside.

Why did Casio design the GST-B100BNR-1A?

Blue Note Records and G-Shock have a long time history of shifting culture and refinement. Soon enough Casio G-Shock became the obvious choice for helping Blue Note Records celebrate their 80th anniversary. The collaboration was meant to bring both audiences together, giving them in return a watch that works for Jazz and hip-hop lovers at the same time.

Blue Note Records was founded in 1939, and it’s the world’s oldest running jazz label. Its catalog of jazz legends includes Miles Davis, Cannonbal Adderley, Thelonious Monk, and John Coltrane. A while ago, the music group label expanded its horizons to other genres. Norah Jones, Kandace Springs, and Gregory Porter are only of the few names to mention.

Coming back to the watch, let’s start its description by highlighting its sleek back colorway with blue details on the dial and buckle. The watch also includes the Blue Note records logo on the face.

The buckle, the lower left button, and the case back comes with a blue IP finish, whereas the case back features custom engraving that reminds one of a vinyl record. The Blue Note logo is engraved as well.

The GST-B100BNR-1A is made with both stainless steel and resin parts. It features Tough Solar power, 200-meter water resistance, and Bluetooth mobile link.

The jazz-inspired packaging completes the design. The deluxe case features a co-branded metal plate.

Retailing for $420, the GST-B100BNR-1A is going to be available at fashion boutiques, select jewelers, G-Shock Soho store and on its e-commerce platform from March 2019.

On top of everything else, the watch’s launch was synced with the release of a video featuring Blue Note artists Kendrick Scott, Charles Lloyd and Lophiile. You may also stream the “Daddy Kev’s Blue Note X G-Shock Mix” on Blue Note’s website.

The detailed description

The first thing you notice on the watch is the muted black colorway with the bright blue details on the dial and buckle. Apart from the Blue Note logos and the beautiful design, the watch comes with the same toughness and features that put G-Shock on the map.

The Neo-Brite luminous hands, the solar-powered charging, the super LED light, the 200m water resistance, and the shock resistance are only some of the features to mention.

The design takes the needs of the hi-tech consumer into consideration, and you may pair the watch with smartphones through the G-Shock Connected app as the GST-B100BNR-1A comes with low-energy Bluetooth technology. The Smartphone Link (around 300 World Time cities, hand alignment correction, timer, alarm, 300 World Time cities, time swapping) is highly useful. Should you ever lose you’re your phone, the watch is there for the rescue. Just use the Phone Finder function for finding it faster.

The bezel and the case are made with resin and stainless steel, whereas the band is made of resin. The watch comes with mineral glass and screw-lock crown.

Solar powered, the watch takes the use for a long time until you need to change the battery. The battery level indicator is going to inform you when it’s time to do it. Anyway, the Power Saving function is going to make the hands stop for saving power if the watch is left in the dark.

The LED light is beneficial for the more natural reading of the watch in poor light conditions. The afterglow is on the list of features too.

The watch comes with Dual Dial World Time, so you know what time is it, no matter where you are in the world.

The watch also comes with a 1-second stopwatch, countdown timer and Full auto-calendar (to the year 2099). You may set a daily alarm and read both the date and the day indicator easily.

The GST-B100BNR-1A is an analog watch with three hands (hour, minute and second) and three dials (dual time hour and minute, dual time 24-hour, and day).

What’s our final word?

Even if it was designed for honoring the 80th anniversary of Blue Note Records, the watch is an excellent addition for any jazz or hip-hop lover that fancies one limited series of a timepiece.


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