Japanese watch giant G-Shock shook up the watch industry this year with its latest samurai-inspired timepiece.
The MR-G “Arashi-Tuchime” G2000HA-1A honours the brand’s Japanese heritage with a titanium bezel finished with a traditional Japanese hammering technique. It’s the same pattern you’d see on the hilt guard of a traditional Japanese sword.
Miraculously, the hammer-tone pattern on each is done by hand by third-generation master craftsman Biho Asano. That explains why only 25 will be made for the U.S. market, and 350 worldwide.
The colour is a violet-tinged copper, which evokes that of ancient Japanese swords and armoury.
And it could certainly survive through samurai battle. Its sapphire crystal and titanium case and band are given a special deep-layer hardening treatment, which makes them several times stronger than ordinary titanium.
The MR-G is actually an automatic watch, powered by Bluetooth Connectivity, the G-Shock app, G-Shock’s GPS Hybrid Wave Ceptor technology and solar power. So the time will automatically adjust to whatever timezone you are in for the utmost precision.
Other features include water resistance down to over 650 feet, world time in 39 cities, LED super illuminator light, alarm clock, stopwatch, countdown timer, full auto calendar and more.
The MR-G “Arashi-Tuchime” G2000HA-1A is due out July 2018 for a very exclusive US$7,400 price tag.