I just came home and found a large envelope on the doormat. It came form my friend and colleague G-Shock collector Yamazaru-san (a.k.a. Risefreak a.k.a. 山猿) in Kyoto. Before I could even open the envelope, I also received my new glasses from the courier service. Of course I knew what was in the envelope. It was the new G-Shock Perfect Bible 2011, which was released in July 2011. Let's have a clear look at this mook*
It starts off with e LOVE "G" pages, with people from the street wearing G-Shocks. I have saved the photo's in a larger format than usual. If you want to see them full format, right-click on the image and open in a new tab (op window). It's of course not done to copy the whole book (copy rights, etc), but I have taken a few photo's to show you what this is all about.
Some series have more spotlights on the next pages, like the Love The Sea And The Earth and the G-Lide series.
The present basic models (2011)
Pages of special series and a preview of the Blue Tooth G-Shock.
There is an interview with Shiro Nakano of the " Play Set Products" design team, who has created the G-Men.
Pages about the latest technology used in modern G-Shocks.
The inevitable pages with history and time lines.
More "We LOVE "G"
G-Popularity pages. What's the most popular I.C.E.R.C. model, which is the most popular Collaboration model (United Arrows!), etc.
Pages with a chronological appearance of all G-Shock models (in Japan) like on G-Shock Perfect Search.
End of the line!
Some more background information about special G-Shock features, model numbers and the difference between 200m Water Resistance and 20 Bar Water Resistance.
The "G-Shock Perfect Bible 2011" is available in Japan at book stores for 880 yen ($11.50, 8.00). Outside Japan you probably have to look for people and shops who sell this book. I have seen them for sale in Hong Kong and the Philippines already, though the price is quite higher (and don't forget that intercontinental shipping isn't cheap either). I can't finish this intermezzo with a BIG THANK YOU to Yamazaru-san, which made it possible for me to get this bible for an afordable price.
* Mook is a Japanese term for a luxurious magazine that looks more like a book. It's a subtraction of the words Magazine and Book.