Published on April 16th, 2017 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez0
Casio Indigo Finish G-SHOCK MR-G, Only 500 Pieces Released
Casio Computer Co., Ltd., announced the release of the MRG-G2000HT, a limited edition model of its flagship MR-G series in the G-SHOCK line. The MRG-G2000HT features a system that updates time data to keep accurate time anywhere in the world and boasts a handmade texture created using tsuiki metal-hammering techniques as well as a “Japan blue” indigo finish to evoke the beauty of Japanese tradition. A limited edition of 500 watches will be sold worldwide.
Historically it was used to make copperware and other metal containers, as well as armour 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.
The new MRG-G2000HT features Connected Engine 3-Way, the latest module from Casio that always keeps accurate time anywhere in the world. The module delivers three-way time sync system, receiving both radio wave and GPS satellite time calibration signals while also connecting to time servers by pairing with a smartphone. It automatically updates the watch’s internal data on time zones and daylight savings time (DST) from a smartphone, keeping it updated at all times.
In order to realise the MR-G concepts of extreme toughness and highly refined elegance, Casio collaborated with Bihou Asano, a third-generation master artisan of the tsuiki technique used to achieve a metal-hammered finish. Asano 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 MRG-G2000HT, Asano applied to the bezel and centre row of the band a kasumi-tsuchime*2 patterned finish of overlapping hammered lines. The bezel and back case are also finished in a deep indigo “Japan blue” that is traditionally prized in Japan, rendered using a blue diamond-like carbon.
For the watch band and buttons, Casio applied a distinctive oboro-gin (silver-grey) finish traditionally used in Japan for sword accessories and ornaments. This subtle hue complements the indigo blue to give the watch a tough, solid look. To denote its limited edition status, MRG-G2000HT watches feature a metal plate at the 10 o’clock position engraved with “2017 LIMITED” and a serial number engraved on the back case.