G-Shock’s premium MR-G family is growing in popularity thanks to its focus on using innovative materials and finishing techniques in rugged and feature-rich timekeepers.
Its MRGG2000GA, which hits stores as a limited edition later this year, is a prime example of why these watches have a growing following among collectors looking for unique watchmaking techniques.
Only 300 numbered watches are being produced, each adopting a historic Japanese sword-makers finish on its bracelet links called Yasuri-me; a pattern applied to the tang of a Japanese sword blade to prevent the blade from slipping out of its grip.
The decorative rasp marks are a signature of famous Japanese sword-making dynasty, the Gassan family and are individually hand-carved by the current custodian for the family, Sadanobu Gassan.
G-Shock has given the MR-G a lighter and tougher case through the use of titanium finished with heat to generate a layer of hardness on the surface.
It has a a bezel made from Cobarion, a cobalt-based alloy that can be polished to a mirrored sheen.
Like all MR-G watches, the model is packed with features including connectivity to a smartphone app that keeps automatically adjusts the time in all world cities.