Ever Clear: The G-SHOCK GMAS110 Series is Perfect for Slimmer Wrists
These tough timepieces from G-SHOCK embrace two major trends – transparency and smaller case sizes.
Haute horology has recently embraced the trend of crystal-clear cases, and there’s a handful of reasons for that. Firstly, the popularity of 1980s-era watches (for example, the sapphire-cased Corum Golden Bridge from 1980 was a breakthrough in case transparency).
Secondly, technology has made the notoriously hard-to-work-with material a little easier to reproduce. Advancements in production also allow manufacturers to play with color – case in point, the Jacob & Co. Bugatti Chiron Blue Sapphire.
Thirdly, see-through cases are a way that luxury brands can further elevate their offerings beyond high complications and precious jewels (the Jacob & Co. Bugatti Chiron Blue Sapphire, for instance, is valued at $1.5 million). Luckily for watch enthusiasts, there’s a more accessible way to get on the transparency bandwagon.
For our purposes today, the translucent offerings in the G-SHOCK GMAS110 series comprise three slightly scaled-down takes on the popular GA110 model. Primarily aimed at the youth and women’s markets, all three pieces are imbued with metallic translucence that appeals to anyone looking for a watch that looks and feels lighter on the wrist.
Our personal favorite is the minty fresh green one (the GMAS110GS-3A) because it best plays up the fact that not only is the green-tinted case translucent, but so is its matching accordion-style bracelet. Plus, the color matches well with the bright white text and numerals on the bezel, the chunky orange hands, and the metallic layered dial.
Again, G-SHOCK is marketing the series to women, but they are far from being read as “ladies watches.”
If anything, the trio appeals to a younger audience who want a slightly smaller watch that stands out without overwhelming the wrist and costing millions.
While this series is more compact than the GA110 model it is based on, all three models still measure in at 45.9mm wide and 15.8mm thick; and its integrated case silhouette has all the rugged design codes you expect of a G-SHOCK. Moreover, all three models also offer the brand’s signature resilience along with 200 meters of water resistance.
Powered by G-SHOCK’s 5425 ana-digi quartz movement, the GMAS110GS series provides a 1/1000 second split-seconds chronograph, world timer, 24-hour countdown timer, five programmable daily alarms, perpetual calendar, and LED dial illumination.