This July, G-Shock will do something they have never done before! They will release a $6,200 watch. To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the high-end MR-G line. Billed as “A perfect blend of 1200-year old Kyoto craftsmanship and majesty of MR-G”, the MRG-G1000HT has a special textured finishing on the bezel and center band created by a hammering technique known as Tsu-i-ki.
For those of you unfamiliar with Tsu-i-ki, it’s a a traditional Japanese crafting technique that creates unique hammer tone relief patterns. As each finish is applied by hand, each watch is completely unique. The design is a collaboration with master metal craftsman Bihou Asano from Kyoto.
This watch is limited to 300 pieces for the world. It features a special “20th Limited” side plate and the serial number engraved on the case back. It also has Oboro-gin and Akagane highlights which are traditional Japanese crafting materials. Oboro-gin is a dark silver hue while Akagane is a copper alloy with 3-5% gold. The Akagane-colored accents include the front facing screws, buttons, crown, and elements of the display. The MR-G1000HT is a fully analog G-Shock featuring GPS hybrid timekeeping and a sapphire crystal manufactured at the Premium Production Line at Yamagata Casio
Some of you may be in shock that G-Shock would charge $6,200 for a watch like this. Most people consider them to be some of the best Japanese plastic disposable type watches for under $200. At the same time over the years, I have seen hip hop artists and the like modify G-Shocks with diamonds or try and gold plate the casing to make it look and feel more expensive.
This watch is very special and unique because it combines the world of utility and state of the art technology with the art of ancient Japanese tradition to evolve the brands identity to set them apart from the rest!