Friday, May 6, 2016

CASIO – G-SHOCK MRG-G1000HT Hammer Tone Edition

CASIOG-SHOCK MRG-G1000HT Hammer Tone 20th Anniversary Limited Edition NEW

 G-SHOCK Luxury MR-G 
"Hammer Tone" Edition High-End Watch 

Casio to Release G-SHOCK MR-G with a Profoundly Brilliant Finish Achieved Using Japanese Traditional Metal-Hammering Techniques 20th Anniversary Limited Edition Made in Collaboration with Bihou Asano, a Third-Generation Master Artisan

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Casio Computer Co., Ltd., announced today the release of 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.

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*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.

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.

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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.

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This special edition timepiece is designed using the Japanese Tsu-i-ki technique; a traditional craft method that creates unique relief patterns through hammering. The Tsu-i-ki method has been used to create parts of the Japanese Railway, Bullet Train and Flying Machines. The creative application aligns with G-Shock‘s position & reputation of toughness and precision.

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For the bezel and the band, Casio produced a distinctive luster by applying a 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.

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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.

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The MRG-G1000HT timepiece features the hammer finishing on both bezel and center band links. The luxury timepiece includes highlights in Oboro-gin in addition to Akagene. Oboro-gin is a stunning dark silver hue while Akagene is a handsome copper alloy with 3-5% gold. Both materials are native to traditional Japanese craftwork.

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.

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Upholding the unparalleled craftsmanship and reliability that G-SHOCK MR-G wearers have come to expect, the MRG-G1000HT features a GPS controlled Multi-Band 6, Tough solar, Sapphire Glass (Anti-Glare). The case and bracelet are made out of Titanium and undergo a deep layer hardening process and DLC coating making it exquisitely tough.

This exclusive timepiece also comes equipped with shock resistance, 200 M Water Resistance, Latitude Indicator, Airplane Mode, World Time (40 time zones, 27 Cities+UTC), LED (Super Illuminator), Daily Alarm, Full Auto Calendar, 1/20th Sec. Stopwatch, Countdown Timer (24Hr), Day/Date Display and a case size of 54.7mm.

The MRG-G1000HT MR-G limited edition will retail for $6,200 USD and will be available for purchase July 2016. Only 300 pieces will be available worldwide. The model will be sold at Tourneau and key select independent jewelers.

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.
has been broadening the range of his activities to include the production of traditional tea
ceremony utensils such as pots and small ceremonial stoves.

Technical Specifications

Model: G-SHOCK MRG-G1000HT "Hammer Tone" Edition

Limited series of 300 pieces

    Shock Resistant
    200m (20 ATM) Water Resistant
    GPS HYPRID Wave Ceptor
    Anti-reflective coating sapphire glass
    DLC treatment + deep curing process
    Screw lock & crown (copper color) finish
    Neo Bright
    Bezel Case Material: Titanium the hammer finishing
    Metal band titanium the hammer finishing on center band links.
    Solid Band
    Tight lock mechanism with clasp
    Tough Solar (Solar charge system)
    GPS Radio reception function:
Automatic reception (time received, up to 1 times / day) / manual reception (position reception, time reception)
    Standard radio reception function:
Automatic reception (up to 6 times / day) (China radio waves up to 5 times / day)
    Needle position automatic correction function
    Airplane mode
 : 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)
*GPS signals are received automatically when the watch recognizes they are available in the area.
    World time: 
27 cities (40 time zones, daylight saving time automatic setting function) + time display of UTC (Coordinated Universal Time)
    Stopwatch (1/20 seconds, 24 minutes total)
    Countdown Timer (in Set: 1 minute, set up: 24 hours, measured in seconds)
    Time alarm  1 independent daily alarm
Other Functions:
    Automatic hand correction (hour, minute and second hand); full auto-calendar; 12/24-hour format;  battery level indicator; LED light (super illuminator and afterglow)
    Power Source Tough Solar power system (solar-charging system)
    Date and day of the week display
    Full Auto Calendar
    LED Light (Super Illuminator, with afterglow function)
   Continuous Operation: 
About 18 months with the power-saving function
* ON after full charge
* Power-saving after a certain period in a dark location

Size of case/total weight
54.7 x 49.8 x 16.9mm / 153g

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CASIO’s shock-resistant G-SHOCK watch is synonymous with toughness, born from the developer Mr. Ibe’s dream of ‘creating a watch that never breaks’. Over 200 handmade samples were created and tested to destruction until finally in 1983 the first, now iconic G-SHOCK hit the streets of Japan and began to establish itself as ‘the toughest watch of all time’. Each watch encompasses the 7 elements; electric shock resistance, gravity resistance, low temperature resistance, vibration resistance, water resistance, shock resistance and toughness. The watch is packed with Casio innovations and technologies to prevent it from suffering direct shock; this includes internal components protected with urethane and suspended timekeeping modules inside the watch structure. Since its launch, G-SHOCK has continued to evolve, continuing to support on Mr. Ibe’s mantra “never, never give up”.
Press Contact
Corinna Fromm Communication
Kleine Reichenstraße 6-8
20457 Hamburg / Germany
Tel.: +49 (0)40 / 8000 73 820

Press Contact UK
Casio Electronics Co. Ltd.
Stephanie Weekes
Harp View,
12 Priestley Way,
London, NW2 7JD
Tel: + 44 20 8208 9558

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