The GD400HUF-1 sets itself apart as that very rare, if not the only, blacked-out sterile with an easily legible dial. This genre is fraught with watches with form over function, low to near no-contrast dials that render useless their main, timekeeping function, reducing them to mere fashion accessories.
No such problems here. This is a thoughtful design which deftly melds style and practicality with a levelheaded, equal nods to both form and function.
That quality alone, made it a must-have for me at first sight of introductory, pre-release photos a month or two ago. But aside from that, the GD400 is the latest G to sport one of the sweetest modules, which I believe, first made its appearance in that epitome of all that is Casio, the venerable AE1000 and has since been repeated in GD100 and G8900 Gs. 24-hr stopwatch; 24-hr countdown timer settable down to the second; quick-toggle 4-city multi-time. What's not to like?
Before release, my Google search would only net (through HUF blog site) HUF's own US site as the only place online that it could be purchased on release date, May 6. This gave me the idea that it would sell out within hours. So I checked the LA-based site at 6 a.m. of the 6th and in a fit of madness ordered two. Sure enough, just past mid-morning, on my second check of the site, they were all sold out.
Shipped the same day, it took FedEx 6 days to deliver it this past Tuesday, May 12, one day ahead of schedule. Then it took me until today, Sunday, to get around to opening the package while shooting this unboxing. I'll continue "talking" over the pics as we go through this.
Big, plain old box. Though I'm new to the brand, I already get the feeling that HUF prefers mellowness and understatement.
Yep, two black boxes check out...But wait, what's that behind the invoice?
Ah, a gift from HUF, a nice touch.
These crew socks have the HUF-signature leaf motif etched out all over
Stripping HUF. The card was discovered underneath the bottom flap under the boxes.
First glimpse of the beautifully done matte and glossy Cracked Concrete pattern
Looks a lot more like cracked and repaired asphalt though
The welcome return of the cylindrical case which seems to be reserved for LEs only these days
...With the porthole lid
While the Cracked Concrete applications on paper and metal are very close and similar, the raised-relief of the box makes for enhanced light-play
Book upon book
Left side tease
Right side tease
That's one no-nonsense G looking at you askance
Raised edges of bezel level corners with the bull-bar
Cracked Concrete jungle
Peculiar choice of time and date. Set for Tokyo of about 3 months, 20 days and 10 minutes ago.
Goggle-like button housings
If I'm not mistaken, that's the Sun making a cameo appearance above "SAT" through the filters of clouds, screen and glass doors
A monochromatic delight
Band, keeper, buckle.
Back and buttons
This one's got the right look in spades
Daylight lume animation for the parting