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Casio introduces Edifice EQB-800 and latest G-Shock watches

By Michael Low - on 27 Jul 2017, 5:28pm

Casio introduces Edifice EQB-800 and latest G-Shock watches

S.J. Ong, Executive Director of Marco Heritage (M) Sdn Bhd, and Shigenori Itoh, Senior Executive Managing Officer of Casio Computer Co. Ltd.

Casio Malaysia today introduced the Edifice EQB-800 Smartphone Link chronograph, along with several new G-Shock models at the Casio Conference 2017 in GSC Pavilion, Kuala Lumpur. 'Smartphone Link' refers to the watch's ability to interface with the Casio Watch+ app on a connected smartphone to perform several functions. The EQB-800 previously announced at Baselworld 2017 automatically corrects the displayed time (both local and international) by checking with the smartphone four times a day, and can be used to trigger a tone on a misplaced phone as part of its Phone Finder function.

As it's designed based on feedback of racing professionals, the Edifice EQB-800 includes Target Time Indicator and Stopwatch functionalities. The former does a 10-second countdown before the target time to preempt a car's approach, while the latter records up to 100 lap times and logs race data onto the Casio Watch+ app.

Engineered with the durability of 10-bar water resistance, the bold-looking EQB-800 is also solar-powered, with a dedicated Bluetooth button in the 8 o'clock position, and oversized side buttons on the right for quick access to lap time and stopwatch operations.

The G-Shock Gravitymaster GPW-2000 is the world's first Bluetooth-equipped and solar-powered GPS Hybrid Waveceptor watch.

During the conference, Shigenori Itoh, Senior Executive Managing Officer of Casio Computer Co. Ltd., mentioned the Casio Connected concept, which imbues timepieces with self-adjusting, self-updating, and self-charging capabilities. One such professional G-Shock watch is the Gravitymaster GPW-2000, which comes under the 'Master of G' collection. Designed to operate in tough conditions, the GPW-2000 features Triple G Resist protection, non-reflective sapphire crystal, magnetic-resistant plate, as well as carbon fiber reinforced resin for its watch case and band. Powered by Casio's 3-way Time Sync system, the GPW-2000 ensures accurate timekeeping through a combination of radio waves, GPS satellite signals, and Bluetooth connectivity (when paired with the G-Shock Connected app on a smartphone).

The Mid-Size G-Steel collection.

The G-Shock family also saw two new entries in the G-Steel collection: the all-new Mid-Size G-Steel series, and Casio Connected G-Steel. According to the Casio representative, the former are six-percent smaller than the original G-Steel watches to appeal to individuals with smaller wrists, while the latter is expected to arrive in Q4 2017. The G-Steel collection marries mature analog-digital design with modern toughness, including G-Shock's Tough Solar technology, 200-meter water resistance, and dual-layer bezel protection.

Casio Computer Co. Ltd. recently celebrated its 60th anniversary on June 1, 2017. This year also marks the 35th anniversary of the G-Shock watch, with over 95 million units shipped worldwide since 1983.

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