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This kaleidoscopic wonder is the new G-Shock MTG-B1000VL "Volcanic Lightning" (Updated)

By Kenny Yeo - on 24 Sep 2020, 4:14pm

This kaleidoscopic wonder is the new G-Shock MTG-B1000VL "Volcanic Lightning" (Updated)

Note: This article was first published on 23 March 2020 and has been updated with local availability and pricing details.

(Image source: Casio)

Casio G-Shock has just unveiled its 2020 collection and the watch that caught my eye was the new MTG-B1000VL, nicknamed "Volcanic Lightning."

Just look at it, how can you miss this watch from the lineup?

This new watch is based on the G-Shock MTG-B1000, but as you can see, it has been given an extensive makeover.

The look is said to be inspired by the natural phenomenon known as volcanic lightning, where lightning is caused a volcanic eruption rather than a thunderstorm.

The multicoloured bezel is arguably the most striking component. It's achieved using a process called ion-plating.

The watch has a rainbow IP bezel. (Image source: Casio)

Much of this watch has been given the IP treatment. Apart from the rainbow bezel, the screws are rose gold, and the crowns and pushers are black.

To complete the look, the dial also has multicolour accents. To mimic the look of lava, the rubber band is translucent red.

Even though it looks flashy, the MTG-B1000VL is a G-Shock through and through. It's has a Core Guard Structure, which consists of a steel boxed-shape frame and an inner case made with carbon fibre reinforced resin to protect the module. This makes it highly resistant to knocks and bumps. Its also water-resistant to 200 metres and the dial is protected by sapphire crystal.

That aside, it's also highly functional. It's Tough Solar, which means it can be charged by the sun or any light source.

(Image source: Casio)

Apart from the day and date, the dial also has a subdial at 12 o'clock that shows your 24-hour reading, and another subdial at 6 o'clock for a second timezone.

Plus, it has Bluetooth connectivity, so it can sync to your phone to an atomic time source using the G-Shock Connect app. It can even use your GPS location and adjust the time as you travel across time zones.

No word yet on pricing and availability. But if you remember last year's G-Shock MTG-B1000RB "Lunar Rainbow", which was S$1,499 and basically the same watch but with a different colour scheme, this new G-Shock MTB-B1000VL should cost around the same.

We'll update this article once we get availability and pricing details.

Casio has just announced that the G-Shock MTG-B1000VL "Volcanic Lightning" will go on sale this weekend on 26 Sept 2020 and it's priced at – I was right – S$1,499. And I've been told that quantities are extremely limited, so head down to a G-Shock boutique fast if you want one.