Three years on from their last joint project, the popular “Nightowl” watch, G-SHOCK and Sneaker Freaker have teamed up on a critter-inspired collaboration once again. This time, to commemorate 35 years of G-SHOCK and 15 years of Sneaker Freaker, the two brands present the “Redback” DW5700 watch.
The timepiece is inspired by one of Australia’s deadliest arachnids, the redback spider. The female spider is notorious for being able to produce a deadly neurotoxin that can prove fatal to humans.
With that in mind, Sneaker Freaker and G-SHOCK coated the watch is “cool grey” matte resin, while the branding, clasp, and keeper feature metallic black pops. Sneaker Freaker’s logo comes debossed on the backplate, which was also dipped in black ion plating. The two-tone strap comes in grey and red, mimicking the spider’s natural livery.
Highlighting the project is the blood-red LCD screen, labeled a “vampire” display. The last and only time this type of display has been used was back in 2003, when G-SHOCK was celebrating its 20th anniversary.
Underlining just how special this release is, those who purchase the watch from Sneaker Freaker directly will receive their timepiece in custom packaging that’s designed like a coffin. In addition, STANCE has been tapped to create a pair of high-tech Ventron socks, which will ship as part of the pack.
Woody, founder of Sneaker Freaker, is a noted G-SHOCK collector with over 300 watches in his personal collection, making this collaboration a personal highlight for the sneaker and timepiece OG.
Flip through images of the watch above and look for the custom coffin version to drop on November 1 at Sneaker Freaker. Global G-SHOCK retailers will then sell the standard redback packaging version starting November 8.
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