Casio Pro Trek WSD-F21 HR Watch Review

If you’re in the market for a tough, durable, outdoor watch and ask a watch enthusiast what to buy, 10-to-1 odds say the answer is a Casio G-Shock. Not a bad suggestion, by any means, but it’s not the only worthy contender within Casio’s line. Casio’s Pro Trek line is often overshadowed by its über-popular older sibling, but the Pro Trek line was designed specifically for rough-and-tumble outdoor use. For those in the know, the Pro Trek line was (and to some extent still is) the choice du jour if you are looking for features like altimeter, barometer, compass, and thermometer without paying the premium for a high-end G-Shock. Sure, you don’t get the G-Shock’s Shock Resist, but you gain access to a myriad of high-end features and access them at an attractive price point.

The Casio Pro Trek WSD-F21 HR (hereafter: Pro Trek) is a fully-featured GPS smartwatch with optical heart-rate monitor that runs on Google’s Wear OS system and certainly doesn’t suffer in the toughness category, featu..

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Baselworld 2020: Grand Seiko and Casio are OUT Independents are IN

HomeBaselworld 2020Baselworld 2020: Grand Seiko and Casio are OUT Independents are IN Baselworld 2020NewsBaselworld 2020: Grand Seiko and Casio are OUT Independents are IN From over 2000 exhibitors a decade ago, to 520 this year by Sky SitDecember 29, 2019 MIN READBaselworld 2020: Grand Seiko and Casio are OUT Independents are INIt may seem a little early to talk about ‘news’ of Baselworld 2020. But news has been breaking from the organiser and from major brands lately, and we don’t want you to miss out.
A while ago, Fratello has been informed by Grand Seiko and Seiko that the brands have cancelled their presence at Baselworld 2020. Instead, they will be staging their own GS Summit in Tokyo in early March.

After exhibiting for 30 years, Seiko has cited the dates of the 2020 event as the ‘official’ reason for its departure. Scheduled for 30th April – 5th May, the fair is too late for the manufacturer because it conflicts with the Golden Week (a major holiday in Japan).
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Casio G-Shock X Herschel G-Lide Watch Hands-On & Interview

When I attended Casio’s launch party for the G-Shock X Herschel Supply Co. G-Lide launch event, I immediately realized that this new reference GLX5600HSC-3 (aka GLX5600HSC-3CR) limited-edition timepiece was not your average Casio collaboration product. Herschel Supply Co. has their design studio based in Los Angeles, and is most well known for its backpacks, but what I also learned is that they have a seriously talented and motivated creative team. The resulting watch that Casio and Herschel produced together represents what more of these limited edition collaborations should be like, offering aesthetic good looks, emotionally gratifying detailing, and a packaging experience that reminds everyone why people in circa 2019 still really like traditional wristwatches.

To learn about the project from Herschel’s perspective, I spoke with Herschel Supply Co.’s Creative Director Jon Warren in an interview below. Before we get to that, I’d like to offer a few thoughts about the G-Shock X Hersc..

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Casio G-Shock X Herschel G-Lide Watch Arms-On & Interview

When I attended Casio’s launch party for the G-Shock X Herschel Supply Co. G-Lide launch event, I immediately realized that this new reference GLX5600HSC-3 (aka GLX5600HSC-3CR) limited-edition timepiece was not your average Casio collaboration product. Herschel Supply Co. has their design studio based in Los Angeles, and is most well known for its backpacks, but what I also learned is that they have a seriously talented and motivated creative team. The resulting watch that Casio and Herschel produced together represents what more of these limited edition collaborations should be like, offering aesthetic good looks, emotionally gratifying detailing, and a packaging experience that reminds everyone why people in circa 2019 still really like traditional wristwatches.

To learn about the project from Herschel’s perspective, I spoke with Herschel Supply Co.’s Creative Director Jon Warren in an interview below. Before we get to that, I’d like to offer a few thoughts about the G-Shock X Hersc..

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Casio Broadcasts Exit From Baselworld 2020

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Baselworld, once the undisputed center of the watch industry calendar, has been troubled in recent years as brands have begun to abandon the traditional set piece event for exclusive company events and more varied release schedules. The latest brand to announce its departure from the show is Japanese giant Casio, which declared its intention to pull out of Baselworld 2020 early Wednesday.

Casio is the second major Japanese brand to depart from the show in recent weeks, following Seiko’s announcement during the first week of November that neither Seiko nor Grand Seiko will exhibit at Basel in 2020, citing scheduling concerns. Like Seiko as well as Swiss manufacturer Breitling, Casio has pointed to the relatively late date of the 2020 Basel show (currently scheduled from April 30 to May 5) conflicting with its own release schedule as the reason for its decision.

This is the latest signal of a potential sea change in the industry trade show calendar, as the massive S..

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Casio Announces Exit From Baselworld 2020

Photo Credit: Casio
Baselworld, once the undisputed center of the watch industry calendar, has been troubled in recent years as brands have begun to abandon the traditional set piece event for exclusive company events and more varied release schedules. The latest brand to announce its departure from the show is Japanese giant Casio, which declared its intention to pull out of Baselworld 2020 early Wednesday.

Casio is the second major Japanese brand to depart from the show in recent weeks, following Seiko’s announcement during the first week of November that neither Seiko nor Grand Seiko will exhibit at Basel in 2020, citing scheduling concerns. Like Seiko as well as Swiss manufacturer Breitling, Casio has pointed to the relatively late date of the 2020 Basel show (currently scheduled from April 30 to May 5) conflicting with its own release schedule as the reason for its decision.

This is the latest signal of a potential sea change in the industry trade show calendar, as the massive S..

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Casio Limited Edition Metal G-Shock Watches In Camouflage Print

I’m no fashionista, but it seems to me that the camouflage aesthetic is all the rage in the world of high street fashion. Fashion houses like Louis Vuitton and Balenciaga have all taken the traditional camouflage motif and put their own spin on it. And now, so has Casio. The brand has taken its popular GMW-B5000 and MTG-B1000 watches and have given them highly fashionable camouflage colorways.

Let’s begin with the GMW-B5000TCM-1, which is based on the highly popular GMW-B5000 watches. For the uninitiated, the GMW-B5000 is Casio’s high-end square G-Shock and they feature metal cases. In the case of the GMW-B5000TCM-1 (no pun intended), the case is titanium and so is the bracelet.

The black camouflage pattern is done in a digital-style, giving it a distinct pixelated look. It’s also done in an interesting way. The surface is first given a black DLC coating. In the second step, lasers engrave tiny pixels to create the digital camouflage pattern. Completing the look are gold accents on t..

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Casio Restricted Version Metallic G-Shock Watches In Camouflage Print

I’m no fashionista, but it seems to me that the camouflage aesthetic is all the rage in the world of high street fashion. Fashion houses like Louis Vuitton and Balenciaga have all taken the traditional camouflage motif and put their own spin on it. And now, so has Casio. The brand has taken its popular GMW-B5000 and MTG-B1000 watches and have given them highly fashionable camouflage colorways.

Let’s begin with the GMW-B5000TCM-1, which is based on the highly popular GMW-B5000 watches. For the uninitiated, the GMW-B5000 is Casio’s high-end square G-Shock and they feature metal cases. In the case of the GMW-B5000TCM-1 (no pun intended), the case is titanium and so is the bracelet.

The black camouflage pattern is done in a digital-style, giving it a distinct pixelated look. It’s also done in an interesting way. The surface is first given a black DLC coating. In the second step, lasers engrave tiny pixels to create the digital camouflage pattern. Completing the look are gold accents on t..

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