G-SHOCK continues to expand and upgrade its high-end MR-G collection while also continuing to delve into the history and tradition of its native Japan for inspiration. The new MRGB1000D is a mid-size model in titanium with black-and-red accents that evoke the look of ancient Japanese armor and swords.
The case and bracelet of the MRGB1000D are made of titanium that has been deep surface hardened, making it four to five times harder than conventional titanium, and then given a titanium carbide finish for improved scratch-resistance and a lustrous silvery hue on the surfaces. The bezel, anchored at its four corners by four visible screws, has a sleek black finish thanks to its black DLC (diamond-like carbon) coating. The dial’s face features bold red details — including the central seconds hand, the scale on the 9 o’clock “mode” subdial, and the indices along the flange — which take their inspiration from the red-braided armor worn by samurai warriors of feudal Japan.
The handsome sheen of the case and the bracelet links are achieved through state-of-the-art Sallaz polishing, a technique in which artisans carefully polish each surface to bring it to a beautiful mirror-like finish. The highly scratch-resistant sapphire crystal which has a high transparency index, has a nonreflective coating to help keep information easy to read. Like previous MR-G models, the watch uses solar power and Bluetooth® connectivity for accurate timekeeping no matter where in the world the wearer finds himself. The advanced time correction system uses Bluetooth® and radio-controlled time calibration signals to acquire time information and to reflect up-to-the-minute changes in time zone status such as Daylight Savings Times. G-SHOCK’s Tough Solar power system generates plentiful energy that ensures uninterrupted operation of the watch’s array of power-hungry functions.
Among these functions are the time and date, world time indications in more than 300 cities, a chronograph and countdown timer, a daily alarm, a battery-level indicator, and a full calendar accurate to the year 2099. The watch boasts G-SHOCK’s legendary shock resistance and antimagnetic properties, with an anti-magnetic plate inside the module enhances radio wave reception sensitivity and ensures anti-magnetism during normal daily use. Users can pair the watch with the MR-G connected app for a host of smartphone-linked functions, and a high-brightness LED light ensures easy reading of the displays at night, during bad weather, and any other time lighting is poor. Finally, thanks to reductions in the sizes of the Bluetooth® communication and time calibration signal receiver modules, G-SHOCK engineers were able to reduce both the size and thickness of the outer case by approximately two millimeters for a more comfortable, wrist-hugging form that still projects the robustness and majesty of a G-SHOCK watch.
The G-SHOCK MRGB1000D-1A is priced at $2,400. For more info on the G-SHOCK MR-G series, the rest of the collection, and where to purchase them, visit the G-SHOCK website.