De­signed for tough­ness

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - TECH WORLD -

CA­SIO Com­puter Co Ltd has once again cap­tured the hearts of G- Shock fans with the de­vel­op­ment of the world’s first hy­brid time- keep­ing sys­tem in the form of the GPW- 1000.

The watch is ca­pa­ble of re­ceiv­ing both Global Po­si­tion­ing Sys­tem ( GPS) and has a hy­brid ra­dio wave time cal­i­bra­tion sys­tem.

The GPS al­lows the watch to pin­point its cur­rent lo­ca­tion, let­ting the watch ad­just it­self to the cur­rent time zone.

The watch makes use of a hy­brid sys­tem of GPS lo­ca­tion and Ca­sio’s Multiband 6 tech­nol­ogy to syn­chro­nise with six atomic tran­mis­sion sta­tions around the world to ac­cu­rately set the time by it­self.

If the wearer trav­els abroad, he can quickly re­cal­i­brate the watch to the ac­cu­rate time zone with a sim­ple press of a but­ton. The re­cal­i­bra­tion process only takes up to a minute.

The watch dis­plays two dif­fer­ent time zones si­mul­ta­ne­ously. The time zone is in­di­cated on the minute/ hour hands and in­set di­als.

The G- Shock was born in 1983 out of an en­gi­neer’s pas­sion for cre­at­ing an “un­break­able watch”, chal­leng­ing the com­mon no­tion of frag­ile wrist­watches at that time.

Since then, the G- Shock se­ries has evolved through the in­cor­po­ra­tion of ad­vanced tech­nol­ogy and Ca­sio’s de­vo­tion to cre­at­ing in­cred­i­bly tough watches.

Ca­sio may have in its hands the most durable watch it has ever cre­ated. Com­bined with GPS and hy­brid ra­dio wave tech­nolo­gies, the GPW- 1000 can be worn in the dens­est of jun­gles and high­est of desert dunes, un­der­wa­ter or in the busiest me­trop­o­lis and still be able to ac­cu­rately tell time, while not get­ting a scratch on it.

The watch’s dura­bil­ity is achieved with Ca­sio’s Triple G Re­sist struc­ture that al­lows the GPW- 1000 to with­stand shocks, cen­trifu­gal force and harsh vi­bra­tions.

The pro­trud­ing case and bezel de­sign pro­tect the glass from any im­pact from drops.

To en­hance the watch’s tough­ness, the case is coated with DLC ( di­a­mond- like coat­ing) and at­tached to it is a car­bon fi­bre insert band, which is re­in­forced with resin. This makes the watch al­most scratch­proof.

The case houses ul­tra- small mo­tors be­neath the bezels, which makes room for the GPS an­tenna and GPS LSI to be in­stalled.

Th­ese highly im­por­tant com­po­nents are se­cured in a sin­gle mod­ule un­der the cas­ing, pro­tect­ing the work­ings.

Ca­sio’s Tough So­lar charg­ing sys­tem en­ables higher- ef­fi­ciency light re­cep­tion that sup­ports the sta­ble op­er­a­tion of var­i­ous high- load func­tions.

The GPW- 1000 also con­sumes lit­tle power. The watch fea­tures a new low­power con­sump­tion, high- per­for­mance GPS LSI and high- out­put so­lar cell.

The so­lar cell is able to ab­sorb so­lar en­ergy, to power the watch’s GPS, LED ( light- emit­ting diode) light­ing and mo­tor.

The watch also has high- lu­mi­nos­ity LED light­ing that lights up the face of the watch, al­low­ing wear­ers to tell time in the dark.

Cur­rently, there are sev­eral colour vari­a­tions and mod­els avail­able in the GPW- 1000 se­ries, in­clud­ing GPW- 1000- 1A, which fea­tures blue- painted bezels, black case and band and a red and black crown; the GPW- 1000- 1B, which fea­tures an all­black case, band and crown; the GPW1000- 4A, which fea­tures a bronze- painted bezel, or­ange and black band and a black crown; and the lim­ited edi­tion GPW1000TBS- 1A, which fea­tures a gold ion­plated case and a spe­cial vin­tage look that is achieved by age­ing 6- 4 titanium.

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit www. ca­sio- intl. com.

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