While G-Shocks have traditionally served as practically indestructible tool watches that people buy for their utility, there’s no doubt it can clean up and get suited for luxury, too. That’s, pretty much, what the outfit has been doing with their MR-G line, which refashions the brand’s iconic silhouette into a high-end timepiece. Case in point: the new Casio G-Shock MR-G Hammer Tone, which just might be the watchmaker’s wildest and most expensive timepiece yet.
Yes, it still looks like a G-Shock. It also retains the functions of one. What makes this new model special, however, is its use traditional of Japanese crafts and materials throughout the watch’s various aesthetic elements.
The Casio G-Shock MR-G Hammer Tone’s bezel and the bracelet links have been made using a silver-copper alloy that’s produced using a Japanese metalworking technique called “tsuiki,” which involves meticulously hammering thin pieces of metal and leaving scale-like patterns on the surface. Both the crown and bezel screws have also been ion-plated in “akagane,” a traditional Japanese metalworking material that’s made from a mix of copper and gold.
Based on the MRG-G1000, the solar-powered timepiece sports a large 54.7mm case that’s cut in DLC-finished, hardened titanium, boasting 200 meters of water resistance and serious shock resistance. Features include a built-in LED, latitude indicator, world time, alarm, stopwatch, date display, and auto-calendar, in addition to the usual time-telling function.
Only 300 Casio G-Shock MR-G Hammer Tone watches will be made. Price is $6,200.