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Limited edition connected watches: Casio MRG-G2000HT features traditional Japanese art, Tsuiki

Casio continues to meld advanced technology with traditional crafts, with the MRG-G2000HT showing off a new movement within a hammer-wrought case

May 11, 2017 | By Jamie Tan

The new Casio MRG-G2000HT is a 500-piece limited edition release from the flagship MR-G collection. It reflects both the brand’s updated expertise in smart/connected watches and its relationship with traditional artisanal crafts.

The first highlight here is the new module (i.e. movement) powering the watch — the Connected Engine 3-Way. As its name suggests, the module is capable of receiving three different types of signals to keep accurate time. The previous iteration of the module could already receive terrestrial radio waves (in selected locations) and GPS satellite signals to automatically update its time, wherever the watch’s wearer goes. The new module builds on this by being able to also connect to a smartphone via Bluetooth, both to receive the time from the telecom network (indirectly), and to download the latest information about time zones and Daylight Savings Time. The watch can be updated via its companion phone application: MR-G Connected. Like its predecessors, the module also has a host of other functions/complications, including a chronograph, countdown timer, alarm, and solar charging system.

Aesthetically, the MRG-G2000HT features tsuiki, a traditional Japanese metal-hammering technique that creates decorative indentations on the treated surface. In this case, the bezel and centre link of the bracelet have been wrought with tsuiki to create a textured finish. Despite using identical techniques, the timepiece is a stark contrast to the MRG-G1000HG, its predecessor. In lieu of yellow gold, the new watch has an indigo DLC-coated bezel, with the case and bracelet given an oboro-gin (silver-grey) finish to create a far more restrained air. The indentations here are also ellipses and not the circular patterns seen on its predecessor.

Specifications
Movement Casio Connected Engine 3-Way module with 23-month operation in power saving mode on a full charge
Case 54.7mm by 49.8mm in titanium
Water Resistance Up to 200 meters
Strap Titanium bracelet with titanium deployant buckle

 
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