CASIO to Release G-SHOCK MR-G Inspired by the Tetsu-Tsuba Iron Guard of a Japanese SwordBASEL, March 21, 2018 – Casio Computer Co., Ltd., announced today the release of a new addition to the flagship MR-G Series, which is part of its G-SHOCK line of shock-resistant watches. The MRG-G2000HA is inspired by the tetsu-tsuba (“iron sword guard”) on traditionally crafted Japanese swords, exuding a marriage of traditional Japanese strength and aesthetic sensibilities. A limited edition of just 350 of these watches will be released worldwide.
Limited Edition Model Exudes Traditional Japanese Strength and Beauty
The MRG-G2000HA is inspired by the strength and beauty of Japanese swords, which have much in common with the toughness and good looks of the MR-G Series. The tsuba (sword guard) is an important part of a Japanese sword that provides utility by protecting the hands and delivers high artistry through its design. Tetsu-tsuba are notable for their bold look, characterized by the indentations made by hammering the iron into shape. For the MRG-G2000HA, the bezel and centre rows in the watch band are treated to achieve a texture inspired by tetsu-tsuba to capture the boldness of the MR-G brand. Asano Biho, a third-generation master artisan of the tsuiki technique,*¹ whose accomplishments include restoring Important Cultural Properties of Japan, supervised and helped to perform the manual application of a technique called arashi-tsuchime, usedfor every single watch.
The MRG-G2000HA uses traditional colourings inspired by the aesthetic quality of murasaki-gane (deep violet metal) and suaka copper material used in Japanese craft traditions. Murasaki-gane is a metal alloy including gold, which adds to both its value and rarity, achieving a deep violet hue. This colouring on the watch case and band gives the watch a bold, regal look. The deep colours are realized by the new application of AIP® (Arc Ion Plating),*² a hardened coating to which a deep-layer hardening is applied for high abrasion-resistance.
The MRG-G2000HA features the Connected Engine 3-Way module, which pairs with a smartphone to automatically update the watch’s internal data, including the time, daylight savings time (DST), and changes in time zones. The MRG-G2000HA is an MR-G watch that brings together innovative technology with Japanese aesthetics.
*1 Tsuiki is a metalworking technique by which a sheet of metal is hammered out thinly into a three-dimensional shape. Historically it was used to make copperware and other metal containers, as well as armour and helmets, which needed to be made both thin and strong. Nowadays, the technique is applied to produce components for rail cars, aircraft, and other items.
*2 AIP® (Arc Ion Plating) is a registered trademark of Kobe Steel, Ltd.
AIP® ...A type of ion plating (IP) that uses high energy to vaporize coating materials causing a hard film with high adhesive properties to form on the metal’s surface. AIP® provides one of the hardest IP coatings.