Casio releases the MRG-G1000HT , a 20th anniversary model to commemorate the original launch of its flagship MR-G series in the G-SHOCK line.
Employing the theme of tsuiki, a traditional Japanese metalworking technique, Casio designed the new MRG-G1000HT in collaboration with a third-generation master artisan in the field, Bihou Asano. A limited run of 300 watches will be sold worldwide.
The MR-G series offers the ultimate in tough watch design. It combines a sense of quality evoked by finely finished titanium with the distinctively solid feel of G-SHOCK, which conveys its shock-resistant performance. MR-G has gained popularity among adults who want to enjoy a G-SHOCK for many years to come.
Casio boldly combined practicality and beauty under the theme of tsuiki in the design of the new MRG-G1000HT, while also realizing the MR-G concepts of extreme toughness and highly refined elegance.
In collaboration with Bihou Asano, Casio produced a watch with a stately appearance and a beautifully pounded finish achieved through meticulous workmanship. Asano is a master tsuiki artisan who has created works for the Kyoto State Guest House and participated in restoration work of items designated as Important Cultural Properties in Japan.
For the bezel and the band, Casio produced a distinctive luster by applying special Japanese “Oboro-gin” (silver-grey color) finish traditionally used for sword accessories and ornaments. On the screws and buttons, the watch also features an “Akagane” (copper color) finish, which was used to give Japanese traditional armor and handicrafts their distinctively deep brilliance.
Learning from these traditional metalworking techniques, Casio gave the entire MRG-G1000HT a dignified and attractively brilliant finish worthy of its status as a 20th anniversary model, denoted by a metal plate at the 10 o’clock position engraved with “20th LIMITED” and a serial number engraved on the back case.
Like the MRG-G1000 model it is based on, the new MRG-G1000HT comes with an advanced timekeeping system that receives both Global Positioning System (GPS) satellite signals and radio wave time-calibration signals, and features Dual Dial World Time, which displays times in two cities simultaneously .
About Bihou Asano
As a third-generation master metalworker, Bihou Asano repairs, restores, and creates works at a level regarded as national treasures in Japan. His best known works include suspended incense burners and rooftop statues of deities restored for the Kyoto State Guest House and Osaka City Central Public Hall, respectively. He also studied metal casting techniques under the guidance of fourth-generation iron tea pot master, Jirobei Takagi. As Mr. Takagi’s professional successor, Mr. Asano has been broadening the range of his activities to include the production of traditional tea ceremony utensils such as pots and small ceremonial stoves.
Tsuiki is a metalworking technique by which a sheet of metal is hammered out thinly into a three-dimensional shape. Historically it was used to make copperware and other metal containers, as well as armor and helmets, which needed to be made both thin and strong. Nowadays, the technique is applied to produce components for rail cars, aircraft, and other items.
Water Resistance: 20 bar
Size of Case: 54.7×49.8×16.9mm
Total Weight: Approx. 153g
Frequency: 1575.42 MHz
77.5 kHz (DCF77: Germany); 60 kHz (MSF: UK); 60 kHz (WWVB: USA); 40 kHz (JJY: Fukushima, Japan) / 60 kHz (JJY: Kyushu, Japan); 68.5 kHz (BPC: China)
GPS Signal Reception
Time-calibration (auto, manual); acquisition of position information (manual)
Radio Wave Reception
Automatic reception up to six times a day (except for use in China: up to five times a day)
27 cities (40 time zones, daylight saving on/off) and Coordinated Universal Time: auto summer time (DST) switching
1/20-second stopwatch; measuring capacity: 24 minutes; elapsed time
Measuring unit: 1 second (maximum 24 hours)
1 independent daily alarm
Automatic hand correction (hour, minute and second hand); full auto-calendar; 12/24-hour format; battery level indicator; LED light (super illuminator and afterglow)
Tough Solar power system (solar-charging system)
About 18 months with the power-saving function ON after full charge
Power-saving after a certain period in a dark location