Casio's G-Shock line, invented by Kikuo Ibe in 1983, was originally crafted as a watch designed simply to withstand a fall due to the forces of gravity. Unfortunately over time, it's become more of an ultra aggressive line of bro-y, tactical-style watches that I have no interest in whatsoever.
I was recently able to snag a re-release of the original Casio G-Shock designed by Ibe himself. Its retro vibe and iconic status scratched me right where I itched. I also recently stumbled onto this great little video by A Blog to Watch, interviewing the man behind this icon.
I instantly noticed that he also still wears his original design... but in white. I love this timeless, yet postmodern reinterpretation of what he imagined decades ago. With a little more digging, I came across this great article by Hypebeast analyzing Ibe's everyday carry, or ECD. Sure enough, there's his white G-Shock, pretty much front and center.
My favorite moment of the vid is how he describes his vision of a peaceful future. He says...
I like to imagine being in space with a friendly alien
next to me and we are both wearing G-Shocks.
I love the wisdom and optimism of this little short film. In fact, I think a white version of his original design in some ways is sort of a physical embodiment of his optimistic outlook... almost the complete opposite vibe of the more recent militaristic models. Let's just hope some space marine sporting a tact-ed out version of a G-Shock doesn't take out his little alien friend first.
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