It turns out that the G-Shock appearance in the Gorillaz “Humility” music video was a teaser of things to come, as Casio G-Shock and Gorillaz are now teaming up for a special 35th Anniversary collaboration. Revealed in an animated cartoon, part one shows G-Shock creator Kikuo Ibe enlisting the help of the virtual band for a mission to Galaxy M101 to help him achieve a lifelong dream. (Ibe has often said in interviews that he hopes to create a G-Shock for use in outer space.) The video also features a case full of DW-5600 watches and a GX-56. An illustration of a DW-6900 can also be spotted.
According to G-Shock UK, the collaboration will include a collection of limited edition watches designed specifically with band members 2D, Murdoc Niccals, Noodle, and Russel Hobbs in mind. The watches will be available to purchase this winter.
Update: G-Shock Japan and Asia also announced the collaboration and website at world.g-shock.com/gorillaz.
Update 3: Four limited edition Gorillaz x G-Shock watches were announced by G-Shock UK. These watches feature exclusive designs, custom EL backlights (except for the GX-56), engraved case backs with the silhouettes of each corresponding character, and a limited tin case and box. There are three classic square models, the DW-5600GRLZ2-1ER, DW-5600GRLZM-3ER, and DW-5600GRLZN-7ER corresponding to 2-D, Murdoc, and Noodle respectively, and the GX-56BBGRLR-1ER corresponding to Russel Hobbs.
The 2-D and Murdoc models have a red “GZ” logo graphic on the EL backlight and the Noodle model depicts a pair of red heart-shaped glasses. In addition to a Gorillaz logo on the face of each DW-5600 model, each character’s silhouette is printed on the bands. The GX-56 has Russel’s silhouette on the upper band and a GZ logo on the lower band.
The UK release date for the DW-5600GRLZ2-1ER and DW-5600GRLZM-3ER is 15th November 2018 with a list price £119 GBP each. The DW-5600GRLZN-7ER and GX-56BBGRLR-1ER will be released 15 December 2018 with a list price of £119 GBP and £149 GBP respectively. Each model is limited to 1,000 units worldwide. Preorder is available at the G-Shock London store on Thursday 25 October. The watches are also listed on the Casio Europe website. The Source reports the same release dates in the U.S. with a list price of $120 USD for the DW-5600 models and $170 USD for the GX-56 and availability at the G-Shock Soho Store in New York City and gshock.com.
Those interested in purchasing these watches should contact their nearest flagship G-Shock store or authorized dealer as soon as possible as these models may not be readily available online. Though it appears that g-shock.co.uk and gshock.com are planning to sell them online, they may end up selling out quickly. For more information and photos visit g-shock.co.uk/gorillaz.
Gorillaz x G-Shock DW-5600GRLZ2-1 “2-D”
Gorillaz x G-Shock DW-5600GRLZM-3 “Murdoc”
Gorillaz x G-Shock DW-5600GRLZN-7 “Noodle”
Gorillaz x G-Shock GX-56BBGRLR-1 “Russel Hobbs”
Update 2: A special Gorillaz release announced for Asia is the DW-5600BB-1G which appears to be the same watch as the DW-5600BB-1 but with a Gorillaz Music Download Card included and a special packaging sleeve.
Gorillaz x G-Shock – Mission M101 Part 1 Video:
Gorillaz x G-Shock – Mission M101 Part 2 Video:
Gorillaz x G-Shock – In Conversation Video:
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