TRA­DI­TION MEETS TECH­NOL­OGY

World of Watches (Singapore) - - Basel Report | Highlights -

Ca­sio’s MRG-G1000HT Ham­mer Tone melds cut­tingedge innovation with Ja­panese crafts for a tech­no­log­i­cally ad­vanced time­piece that’s firmly rooted in tra­di­tion

What’s the ap­peal of a Ca­sio watch that costs thou­sands of dol­lars, a price that’s tra­di­tion­ally the pre­serve of mid-tier Swiss en­tries? The an­swer is an easy one: just look at the MRG-G1000HT Ham­mer Tone.

The in­te­rior of this G-shock is tech­no­log­i­cally driven with lit­er­ally ev­ery Ca­sio innovation avail­able, in­clud­ing its pro­pri­etary Tough So­lar charg­ing sys­tem, and the GPS Hy­brid Wave Cep­tor that cal­i­brates the time via both GPS and ra­dio sig­nals. The rest of this ana­logue quartz watch is decked out with the usual bells and whis­tles such as the world­timer, cal­en­dar, chronograph, alarm, and count­down timer.

The ex­te­rior of the MRGG1000HT ex­udes a level of Ja­panese crafts­man­ship that the most dis­cern­ing con­nois­seur will ap­prove of. The dim­ple-like pat­tern on the bezel and bracelet links is an in­tri­cate met­al­work­ing tech­nique called tsuiki, where thin metal sheets are ham­mered into a three-di­men­sional shape, tra­di­tion­ally for the man­u­fac­ture of cop­per­ware and ar­mour. For this watch, Ca­sio en­listed Bi­hou Asano, a third-gen­er­a­tion master in this tech­nique. Asano’s port­fo­lio of work in­cludes the restora­tion of the sus­pended in­cense burn­ers for the Ky­oto State Guest House and the re­fur­bish­ment of the stat­ues of deities on the rooftop of the Osaka City Cen­tral Public Hall.

Ca­sio didn’t just stop there though. The brand ap­plied the ak­agne (cop­per) coat­ing on the bezel screws, push­ers, and crown to cre­ate a dis­tinc­tive shade for these parts, while also fin­ish­ing the bezel and bracelet with sil­ver­grey ac­cents of oboro-gin fin­ish­ing. The watch is overtly mas­cu­line, and brazenly bris­tles with the rugged­ness of a tool watch de­spite these in­tri­cate fin­ish­ing tech­niques.

The fi­nal re­sult? An in­tri­cate piece of art that is chock full of re­li­able, con­ve­nient tech­nol­ogy, in a pack­age that re­mains tough and sporty like the orig­i­nal G-shock was con­ceived to be. A lim­ited run of 300 pieces will be sold world­wide. MOVE­MENT Ca­sio Tough So­lar move­ment with GPS sig­nal and ra­dio wave re­cep­tion, dual dial world­timer, stop­watch, count­down timer, alarm, full auto-cal­en­der

CASE 54.7mm in Dlc-coated ti­ta­nium, wa­ter re­sis­tant to 200m STRAP Dlc-coated bracelet with tsuiki treat­ment PRICE Un­avail­able

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