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FHM Chats With G-Shock's Inventor, Kikuo Ibe! Plus: A Rundown Of Their New Watches!

The newest G-Shocks have landed here in Pinas! Get to know more about these ruggedly handsome bad boys here! And oh, we also had a little chat with the Father of G-Shock, Kikuo Ibe!
by Neps Firmalan | Mar 13, 2014
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Fellas, in case you didn't know, Casio has recently unveiled new models of its widely popular G-Shock watches here in the Philippines as part of its Shock The World Tour. And—get this—the father of the G-Shock line, Kikuo Ibe, also tagged along!


We're big G-Shock fans ourselves so we just had to take a peek at (and consequently drool over) these bad boys! And because gusto namin sulitin ang moment, we asked Mr. Ibe a few questions, too!

For those who don't know much about the man, Kikuo Ibe is a Japanese engineer who designed the first G-Shock way back in 1983.

Here he is trying his best to look like Ramon Bautista:

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Despite being an icon in the timepiece industry, the dude's super humble and also pretty game. During the press conference, he took his personal watch, one that he'd been wearing for over two decades, and hurled it as hard as he could at a wall—just to prove that he believes in his product 110 percent. So we guessed he wouldn't be too bothered by the fanboy-ish questions (like, you know, "Can a dog destroy a G-Shock?") we wanted to ask.

FHM: If a dog grabs your G-Shock and uses it as a chew toy, will it succumb to its jaws?
Kikuo Ibe (via an interpreter): It will be absolutely no problem!

If you get into a knife fight, could you use the G-Shock to block hits Wonder Woman-style?
The watch will be fine. But you? Maybe not so much, ha ha!

If your job is to shoot machine guns all day, will it eventually rattle the G-Shock to pieces?
The vibrations won’t do anything to the watch. But if you decide to shoot it with a machine gun, unfortunately we haven’t tested that yet! If you’d like to be the first to try, maybe we can find a machine gun to do it with, ha ha!

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If you trek to the North Pole, will the watch survive like Bear Grylls?
No problem!

If you take a G-Shock to space, will it survive in the vacuum of the final frontier?
We’ve heard that some people have done that already, and we assume that it will be completely fine!

You da man, Mr. Ibe!

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