It’s no secret that John Mayer is a watch guy. GQ’s As Orange Wolf put it last year, Mayer has become an influential collector, with his tastes often changing the market for certain types of watches. In some circles, Mayer’s wrists are the most valuable part of his wonderland-like body, even more so than his magic fingers (we’re talking about his guitar skills, the sickle).
And from time to time, watch aficionados don their watch designer hats. Enter the Casio G-Shock Ref. 6900-PT80 by John Mayer, a collaboration between musician, watch website Hodinkee and beloved watch brand, known for its casual and accessible designs.
As you may recall, this is not the first time these giant timepieces have gone head-to-head. Just a year ago, first collaborative effort was revealed and then, sold out in minutes (Mayer effect in action!). And like Gossip Girl and And just like that Proven, fans love nothing more than a reboot.
That leads us to the latest drop: a playful race on the increasingly popular DW6900, a comfortable, affordable style that has catapulted serious paths into popular culture over the years, and become a surprise cult hit in the chronological community. Like Mayer’s recent album Sobbing Rock, this limited edition model is inspired by the 1980s — specifically the Casio PT-80 keyboard, with its white plastic case a far cry from some of the more drab looks we’re used to. In that cream background, we have some color accents. Red, green, and gray outlines for three registers Triple-Signature graph drawn from the Casio PT-80 keyboard. At 53.2 mm in diameter and 16.3 mm thick, it’s really substantial but not quite bulky; eye-catching but not gaudy. A kiss from a real chef, and what Mayer calls “an opportunity to revisit the excitement of Casio electronics I felt growing up with and a reminder that collecting watches, Above all, still have to have fun.”
The watch embodies the sanctity and technical prowess of both Mayer and G-Shock, a delicate balance skillfully executed. Now here’s the bad news: The last Mayer x G-Shock doesn’t even exist ten minutes. So when this goes down — today, on the Hodinkee store — we recommend you keep hitting that refresh button.