For those of us who like to layer — we’re looking at you, fellow clothes horses — summer can present a bit of a challenge. Sure, the warm weather feels great, but it also forces us to pare down our looks. The tweed, the sweaters, the heavyweight denim…all of it left to languish among the mothballs.
But with challenges come opportunities. Summer, it turns out, is also an excellent season to show off your watch. We don’t mean in a gaudy way, but in a way that lets the world see the cool new timepiece you picked up. Free of cuffs and cold-weather accessories, a watch can truly be a statement on its own, making the rest of your outfit look that much better. And when it comes to a statement watch — particularly one that can easily take whatever beating you may throw at it — G-SHOCK represents the ne plus ultra in horology.
For nearly 40 years, G-SHOCK has leveraged Japanese ingenuity to create rock-solid timepieces that look great but are also able to withstand some of earth’s harshest environments. The latest additions to the brand’s refined G-STEEL series combine the line’s trademark exterior construction (think metal meets carbon) with its slimmest profile ever, at only 12.9 mm. But it’s the technical details that we’re particularly psyched about. By combining the strength of carbon with the quality of metal, G-SHOCK has crafted a unique carbon core guard structure. The proof is in the carbon fiber-reinforced resin, which ensures the case’s shock-resistance while also reducing the watch’s overall weight to 80 grams. Subtle flourishes come in the form of a multi-faceted, independent stainless steel bezel with striking polished and hairline finishes, an opaque dial and mirror finishes (grabbing attention at every angle), plus solar power and bluetooth connectivity through the G-SHOCK Connected app. We love the G-STEEL’s high-brightness readability (courtesy of the “Super Illuminator” LED), that its water-resistant to a depth of 200 meters (for the free-diving folks among us) and the fact that although this utilitarian watch might feel futuristic, it remains an analogue timepiece that’s as refined as it is stylish.
Now that we’ve upped your watch game, it’s time to consider the rest of your getup. To that end, here are your four stylish summer looks, each equally perfect for the city or the shore.
Photographs by Karl Simone