Next week will see the release of the GBA800HTH-1A, which is a re-working of G-shock’s GBA800 watchface with the classic Hilltops ‘HTH’ logo right smack-bang there at 2230 hours. There’s also a bunch of purple accents along the face’s edge and the band.
Pressure says of the collab: “We’ve always been fans of G-SHOCK. In the nineties when we were coming up, there were a lot of writers, skaters and so on rocking G-SHOCK.”
No mystery why, either: G-Shocks were initially mega-popular in skating culture because of their durability, which led to their uptake within hip hop circles. Then the, “Hey, I need a tough watch too!” premise fanned out into other subcultures, mainstream pop culture, until eventually you had a 15-year-old Justin Bieber pointing proudly to his G-Shock while on the green carpet at the 2009 Nickelodeon Awards.
That’s not to say the watches haven’t retained their genuine cred: they absolutely have, and Hilltops join a prestigious list of collaborative projects. G-Shock usually only officially collab with brands, not artists. So you’ll find official watches with insignias from Stussy, Takashi Murakami, The Hundreds, Pigalle, Nigo, Brain Dead, Maharishi, Bodega, X-Large, Asics, and so on, but not with artists (though the list of artists who love their G-Shocks is long, and includes 2-D from Gorillaz, Rihanna, Spike Lee, Kanye, Eminem and more).
But back to the Hilltops’ watch.
One of the watch’s key fitness functionalities is a “3-axis accelerometer”, which will capture the Hilltops’ “unique movement and energy onstage” and ensure the same for the band’s fans. It also boasts shock resistance (obvs), 200-metre water resistance, and 300-city world time settings.
Meanwhile, the fellas are on tour very soon. Check check out those dates below, and you can get all ticketing details here.
‘THE SHOW BUSINESS TOUR’ 2022
Presented by triple j, TEG Live & Bluemax Music
A.B. Original & Elsy Wameyo & DJ Total Eclipse
Saturday 27 August – Brisbane Entertainment Centre – Brisbane
Saturday 3 September – Qudos Bank Arena – Sydney
Saturday 10 September – Rod Laver Arena – Melbourne
Saturday 17 September – RAC Arena – Perth
Saturday 24 September – Adelaide Entertainment Centre – Adelaide
The 10th anniversary tri-colour vinyl of Hilltops’ seminal album Drinking From the Sun (pictured top right) is out now.