Casio to Release G-SHOCK MR-G Finished in Gassan Tradition of Japanese Swordsmiths

Limited Edition Model Evoking the Traditional Strength and Aesthetics of Japan


MRG-G2000GA

Basel, March 20, 2019 — Casio Computer Co., Ltd. announced today the release of a new addition to the MR-G Series, the flagship series of the G-SHOCK brand of shock-resistant watches. The MRG-G2000GA takes its inspiration from the traditional Japanese sword — known for bringing together the timeless strength and aesthetic sensibilities of Japan. It is hand-finished by a master craftsman in the world-renowned Gassan tradition of Japanese swordsmiths. A limited edition of just 300 of these watches will be released worldwide.

The MRG-G2000GA is inspired by the strength and refinement of Japanese swords, which have much in common with the toughness and functional sophistication of the MR-G Series. The watch incorporates design elements inspired by Japanese swords — from the yasuri-me (rasp marks) on the nakago (tang) to the crystal formation of the hamon (temper line) and the kissaki (blade tip).

The watchband of the MRG-G2000GA takes its design cue from the tang of a Japanese sword, which is inside the hilt. In Japanese swords, rasp marks are applied to the tang to keep it from slipping out of the hilt. These rasp marks vary in pattern depending on the school of swordmaking or each swordsmith. The rasp marks are a critical element that is particular to the swordmaker. The center band of the MRG-G2000GA is finished in a pattern modelled after the file mark pattern employed in the renowned Gassan tradition of swordsmiths. The pattern is applied by hand to each link by Sadanobu Gassan, who is in line to succeed the 800-year-old Gassan tradition. The second link in the band is also inscribed with the kanji character鍛, from the saying tanto hitosuji (“a singular dedication to forging”) that is espoused by the Gassan tradition.

The finish of the MRG-G2000GA reflects a fine attention to the smallest details. The case is made from recrystallized titanium, the sparkling appearance of which evokes the crystal formation of the temper line on the blade of Japanese swords. An Arc Ion Plating (AIP®)*1 treatment is then applied in the Koki-murasaki (deep purple) that is traditionally associated with nobility in Japan. The bezel is made from COBARION®*2 and beveled in a manner inspired by the blade tip of a Japanese sword.

The MRG-G2000GA features time adjustment using radio wave time-calibration signals, GPS satellite signals, and Bluetooth® to ensure accurate time reflecting time zone changes around the world and daylight savings time. The MRG-G2000GA brings together innovative technology with Japanese aesthetics.

Swordsmith Sadanobu Gassan
Born in Nara Prefecture in 1979. Born into the famous Gassan family of swordsmiths, Sadanobu Gassan was exposed to the world of swordmaking from a young age. In 1998, he began training with his father, Sadatoshi Gassan. In 2006, he was recognized as a swordsmith by the Japanese Agency for Cultural Affairs. Since that time, he has continued to challenge himself in new areas of craftsmanship that carry forth the traditions of the past, and has won numerous prizes and accolades in various competitions. As the sixth in the Gassan line from Osaka, he carries the burden of the next generation of Japanese swords. Sadanobu Gassan currently serves as a director for the All Japan Swordsmith Association.

  • *1 Arc Ion Plating, or AIP®, is 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. AIP is a registered trademark of Kobe Steel, Inc.
  • *2 COBARION® is two times harder than stainless steel and is said to rival platinum in shine. COBARION is a registered trademark of the Iwate Industry Promotion Center and is manufactured exclusively by Eiwa Co., Ltd.

Specifications

Construction
Shock-resistant
Water Resistance
200 meters
Magnetic Resistance
ISO 764-compliant magnetic resistance
GPS Signal Frequency
1575.42 MHz
Radio Frequency
77.5 kHz (DCF77: Germany); 60 kHz (MSF: UK); 60 kHz (WWVB: USA); 40 kHz (JJY: Fukushima, Japan) / 60 kHz (JJY: Kyushu, Japan); 68.5 kHz (BPC: China)
GPS Signal Reception
Time-calibration (auto, * manual); acquisition of position information (manual)
  • GPS signals are received automatically when the watch recognizes they are available in the area.
Radio Wave Reception
Automatic reception up to six times a day (except for use in China: up to five times a day)
Communication Specifications
Communication Standard
Bluetooth® low energy
Signal Range
Up to 2m (may differ depending on surrounding conditions)
World Time
39 cities (39 time zones*, daylight saving on/off) and Coordinated Universal Time: auto summer time (DST) switching
  • May be updated when connected to a smartphone.
Stopwatch
1/1-second stopwatch; measuring capacity: 24 minutes; elapsed time
Countdown Timer
Measuring unit: 1 second (maximum 24 hours)
Alarm
1 independent daily alarm
Other Functions
Smartphone Link functions (world time: over 300 cities, automatic time adjustment, easy watch setting); automatic hand correction (hour, minute and second hand); full auto-calendar; 12/24-hour format; battery level indicator; LED light (super illuminator and afterglow)
Power Source
Tough Solar power system (solar-charging system)
Continuous Operation
About 23 months with the power-saving function* ON after full charge
  • Power-saving after a certain period in a dark location
Size of Case
54.7×49.8×16.9 mm
Total Weight
Approx. 152g
  • The Bluetooth® word mark and logos are registered trademarks owned by Bluetooth SIG, Inc. and any use of such marks by Casio Computer Co., Ltd. is under license.