August 16, 2022

Glittering feeling “G-SHOCK”! Hip Hop’s “gold chain” is the motif

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In July 2022, Casio released the new G-SHOCK “DWE-5600HG-1JR”. Featuring hip-hop culture gold accessories and chain-inspired designs and colors, as well as replaceable bands and bezels.
G-SHOCK has captured the hearts of various users because of its advancedness and toughness that can be used anywhere. It is a famous story that has been loved by artists and trendsetters who are active in various fields. He is like a kagami that reflects the street culture of “now” and has influenced various genres.

The music industry is one of them. G-SHOCK, which has a strong impact, is ideal as a fashion item to wear at clubs and live venues, and has been a collaboration model with the virtual band “Gorillaz” and “MUSIC NIGHT TOKYO” which imagined the music scene at night in Tokyo. Models related to music such as series have appeared.

In this work “DWE-5600HG-1JR”, “Hip Hop culture” was selected as the theme. If you look at the shocking face design, it’s obvious, and it boldly expresses the gold chain, which is one of the items that symbolize Hip Hop. By omitting all the display such as the function name other than the “CASIO” logo, the impact of the chain design is even enhanced.
The button function display is printed on the back cover instead of being omitted from the front side. The back pig is also engraved with a chain motif to give it a special feeling.
The gold chain worn by all the big stars in the Hip Hop world, such as Jay-Z, Kanye West (now Ye), and RUN-DMC. Why was this accessory associated with Hip Hop culture? For African Americans who hosted a “block party” in the Bronx district of New York, the roots of Hip Hop culture in the 1970s, the gold chain overcame social oppression and discrimination, wealth and fame. It is said that it was a proof of success.

The visual impact alone is strong, but understanding such a historical background should deepen your interest.
Freely customize with gold, black and skeleton!
Another feature of the “DWE-5600HG-1JR” is that it uses customized specifications that allow you to change the bezel and band to your favorite color. Three colors are included: gold, black, and skeleton.

Not only the band but also the bezel can be exchanged, and the model with multiple types set is the “DWE-5600CC-3JR” (discontinued) released in October 2020 for the first time. After that, the “DWE-5600KS-7JR” (discontinued) released in March 2021 in collaboration with designer Kashiwa Sato and the early color models of the “5600” series were revived in October 2021. The released “DWE-5600R-9JR” has been released, and this work is counted as the 4th customized specification.

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It can be replaced in three places: “bezel”, “band (upper part)”, and “band (lower part)”, each of which can be customized independently. In other words, it is not always necessary to unify the whole into one color, so you can enjoy 3 bezels ✕ 3 bands (upper) ✕ 3 bands (lower) = 27 different arrangements.

From here, I would like to explain the specific attachment / detachment method for customization.

Both the top and bottom of the band are made with the slide lever of the spring bar exposed on the back of the base. You can easily remove it by moving this slide lever with the attached tool and at the same time pulling the band toward you. If you get used to it, you can do it in about 3 seconds.

On the other hand, it takes some getting used to when installing it than when removing it. The band shape is a bit unique to improve impact resistance, and you’ll have to try and make a few errors to figure out how to hold it for ease of work. Also, when installing, do not use a slide lever, but put one side of the spring rod in the hole first, then push the other protruding part with a tool and slide the band into the hole. It may take some time at first, but once you know how to do it, you should be able to work on it in less time.

Replacing the bezel is easier. All you have to do is peel off the bezel from the back to the front so that it faces the chestnut skin. As for the mounting method, just cover the bezel parts with the main body as it is.
This is a mechanism that can be attached by hooking the bezel on the four protrusions of only about 1 mm on the lug. Even though it’s such a small fastener, it doesn’t slip off after the bezel is attached, and there seems to be no fear that it will come off without permission. The sophistication is truly G-SHOCK.
Speaking of the customizable G-SHOCK “5600” series, many people think of the “MY G-SHOCK” service that started in October 2021. Including the small differences in parts, it is said that more than 600 million combinations can be enjoyed, and it has gained great popularity. However, at present, “MY G-SHOCK” does not sell replacement parts as a single unit, and due to the wide range of combinations, some people may be hesitant.

The “DWE-5600HG-1JR” is a G-SHOCK “5600” that can be customized in the same way, but all three colors prepared are in line with the theme of “Hip Hop culture”, and “any combination is cool. The nice point is that the sense of stability is guaranteed. It seems that it can be called a “proposal-type custom-made model”, and in the future, I would like to expect other colors in addition to these one-theme customized models.

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