This year the top-of-the-line MR-G watch (pictured top), features bright red highlights on the dial, along with gold accents. Taking inspiration from the traditional Japanese sword, the case is made from recrystallized titanium, creating a sparkling appearance that evokes the crystal formation of the temper line on the blade of Japanese swords. An Arc ion-plating treatment is then applied in the Koki-murasaki (deep purple) that’s traditionally associated with nobility in Japan. The bezel is made from Cobarion® and beveled in a manner inspired by the blade tip of a Japanese sword. The MRG-G2000GA Gassan is hand-finished by a master craftsman in the world-renowned Gassan tradition of Japanese swordsmiths and will be limited to 300 pieces worldwide. Retail is $7,400.
One of the hottest collections for G-Shock has been the Full Metal 5000 line which’s a throwback to the original square G-Shock from 1983 but in a metallic case. Initially available in polished steel, black polished steel, and polished gold-plated steel, the collection continues to evolve with new iterations, and for 2019 a Black Aged IP steel case GMWB5000V-1 has been added. Instead of a smooth, shiny black surface, the Full Metal 5000 Black aged IP Limited Edition exterior is rougher and has a matte finish. This model is a limited edition and costs double price of the original Full Metal 5000. Retail is $1,000.
The new Mudmaster GG-B100 Khaki Green features G-Shock’s Carbon Core Guard which consists of a carbon fiber reinforced case and bezel. Additionally, there’s a new Quad Sensor. The sensors are the pressure sensor (altimeter and barometer), compass, thermometer, and accelerometer (for counting steps). The Mudmaster GG-B100 has Bluetooth mobile link that allows the watch to connect to the G-Shock Connected smartphone app for various functions such as automatic time adjustment, mission log, location indicator, calorie consumption display, and phone finder. There’s also a new front light button, and the case has guardless buttons on all sides. The GGB100-1A3 dimensions are 55.4 mm x 34.9 mm x 19.3 mm and weight is 92 grams. Retail is $350.
Expanding on the latest MT-G model which we recently reviewed, the MT-G MTGB1000RB-2A 20th Anniversary Rainbow highlights what G-Shock is capable of with a unique rainbow-colored metal finish. The case measures 54.5 mm x 46 mm x 14.5 mm, weighs 121.9 grams, and is made of stainless steel. To commemorate the 20th anniversary of the MT-G Series, which was first introduced back in 1999, the metal parts of this model feature a rainbow ion-plated (IP) finish. Retail is $1,000.
Photography by Robert Velasquez.