Casio’s G-SHOCK brand makes some shockingly large, brutally ugly watches. Although the new G-SHOCK Analog-Digital GA2100-1A1 won’t give Jaeger LeCoultre Master Ultra Thin Moon owners a case of buyers’ remorse, the 11.8mm thin G-SHOCK is a big break from the brand’s gigantism. And sold out. Maybe that’s because . . .
I’m no outdoorsman, but I know a guy. My guy says hydration is the key to outdoor survival. Not freezing to death is also a thing. After that, it’s all about getting someone to rescue you, or finding your own damn way to safety. A cell or sat phone works for the former. A watch with GPS location tracking for the latter. Great. But why do so many of these things have to be so ugly? Big and ugly . . .
When it comes to questions of style, the horological media are a pretty tame bunch. Watch reviewers focus on two questions: does the timepiece fit under the sleeve of a dress shirt and can it be worn casually and at the office? Snore. There are far more important style issues to ponder: which watch works best at a sex club, drug deal or a police interview. Here are my recommendations . . .