G-Shock Asia has announced two more releases this month and they are big ones. The G-Shock MR-G series MRG-G1000B-1A (black) and MRG-G1000D-1A (silver with black bezel) are due for arrival soon and represent the luxury end of the G-Shock brand. There is also a MRG-G1000DG-1A limited edition with gold accents. These models have the distinction of being the most expensive standard issue G-Shock watches available for those who simply must have the most luxurious G-Shock possible.
Design-wise the MR-G is similar to the G-Shock MT-G with the same upscale look. It features solar charging and an all-analog display with four subdials, sapphire crystal with anti-glare coating, and the usual shock and 200 meter water resistance. For those who think the MT-G is too large, the smaller MR-G measures 54.7 X 49.8 X 16.9 mm. The MRG-G1000 has a titanium body and band making it lighter (153 grams) than the stainless steel MT-G (188 grams). The titanium is specially treated creating a hard 20~30μm layer on the outer surface for extra scratch-resistance. The black MRG-G1000B-1A has a diamond-like carbon (DLC) coating on the entire case and band while the silver MRG-G1000D-1A and MRG-G1000DG-1A have it on the bezel only. The MR-G features a new “Clad Guard Structure” using Alpha Gel, putting the crown, buttons, and guard protection into one unit for better shock resistance and a slimmer case size. The MR-G also has the Smart Access electronic crown for easy control of world time, stopwatch, timer, and alarm functions.
The featured technology on the MR-G is the GPS Hybrid Wave Ceptor which Casio was the first company to develop in the GPW-1000 Gravitymaster series. This feature combines GPS satellite information with Multi Band 6 radio synchronization to ensure that the time is accurate no matter where in the world you are. The GPS satellite radio wave reception can receive local positioning and time data and determine what time zone you are in. It will also adjust to Daylight Savings Time accordingly for truly hassle-free timekeeping. Two time zones can be displayed simultaneously using one of the subdials.
Other features include a bright LED light, low battery alert, power saving mode, auto calender, and date display.
The MR-G is manufactured at Casio’s Yamagata factory in Japan where only its premium products are made. Expect the list price to be around $3,000.