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Casio’s solar-powered G-Shock is an octagonal 90s throwback with bonus Bluetooth smarts

The G-Shock GA-B1200 series comes complete with classic blue, yellow and green finishes for that sweet, sweet nostalgia

Looking to escape back to the glorious days of the 90s where life just seemed less… complicated?  Casio’s newly unveiled G-Shock could be the perfect wrist-worn talisman to keep the existential dread at bay. For a little while at least.

The GA-B1200 series retains the octagonal spirit of its predecessors and adds a dash of modernity in the form of built-in solar charging (via artificial and natural light), which can juice up with a whole day’s worth of power in just eight minutes, with no need for a battery. Bluetooth connectivity is a bonus too, providing automatic time updates, as well as the ability to find your misplaced phone at the press of a button, causing it to ring even if it’s on silent.

Despite being the slimmest G-Shock ever (with a light build to match), it retains the brand’s iconic toughness thanks to its Carbon Core Guard build — aka, a mixture of fine resin and carbon fibre. It’s water resistant up to 200 metres, and throws in classic features like day, week and date displays, as well as a countdown timer and illuminated display for low-light visibility.

Available for £130, it can be yours in five colours, including blackout and classic blue, yellow and green hues. There’s no release data as of yet, but you can sign up for more info directly with Casio.

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Esat has been a gadget fan ever since his tiny four-year-old brain was captivated by a sound-activated dancing sunflower. From there it was a natural progression to a Sega Mega Drive, a brief obsession with hedgehogs, and a love for all things tech. After 7 years as a writer and deputy editor for Stuff, Esat ventured out into the corporate world, spending three years as Editor of Microsoft's European News Centre. Now a freelance writer, his appetite for shiny gadgets has no bounds. Oh, and like all good human beings, he's very fond of cats.