Late to the party.
they are really milking it, aren't day? square + metal = luxury prices. At 1,5k I am looking at vintage Seiko chronos or vintage GS. Plenty of G-Shock collectors out there so I think this will sell well.
Casio "“Because it takes so much work, we can’t put it out without limiting the production period. However, using titanium makes it 57 grams lighter than stainless steel, so I would like more people to actually get the ‘lightness.’"
Really, working on Tit has been done for decades, there are plenty 200$ titanium watches. And if I can mill custom tit grade 5 knife scales in my basement that have perfect fit it shouldn't be a challenge for their high tech industry equipment.
If I want lightness I wear a square that comes with resin bezel and strap not a full metal construction.
Its nice that they went back to titanium though. I am hoping for a sensible GW5K - Titanium update with resin parts in the future.