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 the sparkling appearance which 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, an 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. Learn more at G-Shock. 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.