In-Depth: Cyborg Samurai: The Casio G-Shock MR-G Limited Edition 'Hammer Tone'

The G-Shock is a great deal of things – the world’s toughest watch; arguably its generally reasonable; in certain adaptations, arguably its ugliest. It is additionally, nonetheless – as John Mayer’s comment above, from 2012 , so pithily underscores – a watch that has accomplished what supposedly is a one of a kind degree of hybrid status. It’s the one quartz multifunction watch likeliest to be valued for its characteristics by in any case stalwart mechanical watch fans, and it’s loaded with specialized characteristics that you need to appreciate from an engineering angle, regardless of whether you wouldn’t be caught dead with one on your wrist. It is hard to say without a doubt without such a fastidious factual examination that solitary organizations like the NSA, or significant drug companies, can manage, yet it’s presumably the single frequently picked watch for individuals who need a watch, and need it to have the option to endure extensive maltreatment, also – fighters, salvage laborers, cops, and the like.

It has likewise, nonetheless, become the focal point of an overall community of G-Shock authorities, just as a mainstream society staple, having showed up in movies, music recordings, and live exhibitions too various to even consider mentioning . The lone different watches that I can consider random that combine the G-Shock’s standing for toughness and mechanical dependability with mainstream society and Hollywood genius status, are likely watches from Rolex, and as unique in relation to one another as they might appear (and are, obviously, in for all intents and purposes each actual regard) I’ve regularly thought that they’re both however well known as they seem to be in the U.S., in any event, for comparative reasons. What the two watches share practically speaking, notwithstanding their standing for toughness and dependability, is their capacity to extend their particular characters in an immediately recognizable design, and for a watch, or besides, any extravagance object, to prevail with regards to becoming a component of mass culture, it must be quickly recognizable, pretty much. (Simply ask Jean-Claude Biver , who sees very well that with regards to extravagance, winning a ubiquity challenge regularly implies winning a perceivability challenge first.)

In certain regards, in this way, the G-Shock is kind of ready for assignment as a higher end extravagance object. Obviously, as is frequently the situation with appointment of road to extravagance, the popular music world was there first – a considerable amount of erratic altered G-Shocks have been seen on a significant number acclaimed wrists throughout the long term, including Pharrell Williams’ gold-cased BAPE DW-6900 ; for the 25th commemoration party for G-Shock in New York any semblance of Kanye West and Spike Lee appeared. This hinted at the inescapable: the creation, a year ago, of a coincidental strong gold DW5600.

As fascinating as the impossible, and long term (or more) accomplishment of the G-Shock as a piece of adornments is, the reality stays that the ornamentation was especially in an European or American style. Indeed, even the G – Shock in strong gold, which wasn’t a reseller’s exchange change, however something really designed and authorized by G-Shock maker Kikuo Ibe himself, appears to be a lot of a result of an Americanized design reasonableness. Regardless, and out of the blue, Casio chose to make an extravagance leaning variant of its most perseveringly pragmatic watch that was as Japanese in its ornamentation as the G-Shock itself is in its origin.

Before going any further into the embellishing parts of the Hammer Tone – designated MRGG1000HT – we should talk somewhat more top to bottom about its specialized viewpoints. As a matter of first importance, this is a G-Shock; the original G-Shocks were worked to endure a 10-meter drop, have 10-bar water opposition, and have a 10-year battery life this actually stays the base norm for all watches that call themselves G-Shocks. The MRGG1000HT (HT for Hammer Tone) depends on the different MRGG1000 models, which are among the most actually progressed (and, for a G-Shock, the most costly) G-Shock watches. Regularly G-Shocks have utilized illuminated LCD screens, however as of late, Casio’s been making them with analog hands also, and the MRGG1000 watches have analog-possibly shows, which in case you’re a decades-long G-Shock client like me takes a touch of getting used to. Home time is appeared on a sub-dial at 8:00; the primary hour and moment hands show nearby time, and the dial at 10:00 shows 24 hour time.

The dial at 3:00 has a few capacities and depending on the mode you’ve chosen, either shows the day of the week; the scope at which you’ve taken as much time as is needed fix from the GPS framework; regardless of whether the watch is in off-line mode; and whether you’re set to summer or winter time. It can likewise work as a mode pointer, showing whether you’re in alert, stopwatch, or commencement clock mode.

One of the most interesting highlights of the Hammer Tone and the MRGG1000 watches on which it’s based, is its utilization of the GPS satellite network to set up right area and right an ideal opportunity for that area consequently. Obviously the Hammer Tone isn’t the lone watch to utilize the GPS network for this reason; the Seiko Astron and Citizen Satellite Wave watches both utilize the GPS network also, however watches using the GPS framework are still fairly uncommon and actually extremely interesting. GPS watches work like some other GPS collector: four satellites must be in view all together for an opportunity to be set accurately as three position facilitates are required, and one extra signal to compute the deviation of the clock on the ground from the nuclear clocks on board the GPS satellites (which are themselves remedied by ground based nuclear tickers). In any case, if the MRGG1000 watches can’t get the time from the GPS framework, they can utilize public time-broadcasting radio signals like those found in Europe, the U.S., and Japan to get the right time – and when in doubt, they are obviously independent quartz watches too (and the Hammer Tone is sun oriented controlled as well).

What truly sets the Hammer Tone separated from some other G-Shock – and besides, from basically some other watch I can consider, period – is its utilization, not of regular types of horological ornamentation, and particularly not of ones situated in European social standards, yet rather of embellishing strategies and materials that are local to Japan. We’ve gone over a portion of the subtleties in our past coverage of the Hammer Tone, however here’s a recap: the watch is made largely of titanium, yet with impressive extra work given to decorating it far in excess of anything Pharrell or Kanye might at any point have imagined. The enhancing strategy is called tsuiki, and as we referenced in first experience with the watch half a month ago, it comprises of painstaking striking a metal surface with a hammer so as to leave an example of minuscule spaces (the method is regularly found in conventional Japanese arms and shield). The method makes a seemingly arbitrary example, yet notwithstanding its irregular nature it requires long periods of training to have the option to accomplish the seemingly characteristic, simple impact – something natural for a large part of the Japanese enlivening expressions from painting, to calligraphy, to ikebana (flower arranging).

The tsuiki design (applied by tsuiki ace Bihou Asano, who has made adornments for the Kyoto State Guest House) is straightforwardly applied to the titanium bezel and focus joins for the arm band, which are then solidified to make them 4-5 times harder than ordinary titanium. The last advance is to apply DLC coating to zones where a more obscure completion is wanted, and an ornamental metal coating to different territories. Most strikingly, the Hammer Tone utilizes oborogin, a silver and copper combination; and akagane, a copper and gold composite, to complete certain case parts, just as the crown and pushers. Regardless of the fairly robust components of the watch, and the impression you get from the outset that this will be a cumbersome issue in the hand and on the wrist, the entire watch is frightfully light, on account of the significant utilization of titanium in its development (and obviously, the utilization of composites for the inward shock and effect shielding for the development). Likewise with all G-Shocks, the dial can be enlightened at night; since there’s no LCD show to backlight, the dial is lit, rather dramatically, by such a LED footlight at 6:00.

The Hammer Tone is a tremendously confusing watch to experience since it doesn’t actually fit in anyplace. There is a huge range of theoretical categories into which watches can fit, so when in doubt we don’t all the time see a watch that won’t appear to be suitable for any of them, which makes life troublesome in light of the fact that the route the vast majority of us judge a watch is by how well it accommodates our assumption of what any given kind of watch ought to be. We as a whole have our concept of what the ur-chronograph is, or the ur-dive watch, or the ur-dress watch (which is a contributor to the issue with watch analysis from both expert scholars and fans; more often than not, without realizing we’re doing it, we’re sincerely judging a watch based on its adherence to our profoundly held and normally, very rigid individual biases instead of evaluating it on its own terms).

This is ostensibly a G-Shock, however it’s clearly a gigantic takeoff from any created to date (or if nothing else, any arrangement delivered G-Shock to date) and it likewise fearlessly will not fit any of the typical generalizations of a blinged-out, low-end quartz watch, for example, we’ve seen both in their more legitimate structure (say what you like about gem-set Technomarines, in any event they weren’t pretending to be anything they’re not) and in their more secretive (quite a few indiscreetly made and excessively valued alleged women’s watches, for example). It additionally turns out to be very much made; the technology is right presently, up to the moment for a remotely controlled quartz watch and in 50 years, given that it’s a G-Shock there’s an amazing possibility it will in any case be running. Like all machines, it’ll terminate sooner or later yet at any rate it will have the to some degree sorrowful allure of once cutting-edge, old technology. More than that, it’s actually made well overall; both the tsuiki enhancement and the machining of the case and different components are, judged by the designer’s clear goals, hard to fault.

Japan, broadly, or if nothing else broadly to Western and American eyes, is where inconceivable social limits can coincide, and there’s a significant commitment to the social personality to be found in its adherence to old standards and structures from one viewpoint, and an unfathomable interest with technology and innovation on the other. In light of the response to our prior prologue to the Hammer Tone (and the shock of reading about a G-Shock that costs $6,200) I keep thinking about whether a few perusers mightn’t believe I’m pulling their legs a tad with this survey, however there’s something, as far as I might be concerned, profoundly fascinating about this watch. What binds together all aspects of it is a sure single-mindedness – the quest for the most advanced timekeeping technology, the most exacting hand enhancement procedures, the most visually and graphically striking design. It’s ostensibly a watch, and ostensibly a G-Shock – and it’ll perform well in the two jobs – yet what it truly is, is an impact of various universes brought together by a single fanatical interest with what happens when you take seemingly completely divergent and even conflicting universes to their boundaries in a single item. What you get is something that might have come from no place else than Japan, and presumably, a watch that couldn’t have come from anybody other than Casio.

Read more about the MRG G-Shocks from Casio here.

For full specs and initial introductions, just as pricing, look at our First Look coverage of the Hammer Tone here .

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