BASELWORLD 2015 : Casio G-SHOCK

Basel2015CasioMRG-G1000RT_theme

A rather interesting fact. For all the haute horlogerie and other pieces that appear on Horologium, there is a brand about whom the posts, admittedly somewhat irregular, seem to consistently garner steady interest, even the older posts – the brand is , and it is all about the G-SHOCK interest.

Although as a brand they release new pieces quite regularly, especially special editions, which are not Baselworld-time-sensitive, it is still the world’s biggest watch trade fair, and as such, they’re obviously going to be releasing a number of new models. This year, the number released at Baselworld totals eight, but we shall restrict ourselves to the G-SHOCKS in this post.

 

G-SHOCK GPW-1000T/1000TBS

A Hybrid G-SHOCK that receives GPS and Radio Wave signals for accurate timekeeping, this is based on the GPW-1000T model. The bezel is a titanium alloy called Ti64 (90% titanium, 6% aluminium, 4% vanadium), but so is the back of the case, which means a reduction in weight to about 110g. Partnering this is the GPW-1000TBS, based on the GPW-1000T, which Casio are referring to as a ‘Basel Special’ model but will be available worldwide. Instead of titanium it has gold and black ion plating.

SPECIFICATIONS

Size : 66.0 × 56.0 × 18.8 m
Water resistance : 200m
GPS signal frequency : 1575.42Mhz
Radio frequencies : 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) – Time calibration (auto,*2 manual); acquisition of position information (manual).
GPS Signal reception : *2 GPS signals aer received automatically when the watch recognises that they are available in the area.
Radio wave reception : Automatic reception up to six times/ day (China : up to five times/ day)
World time : 27 cities (40 time zones, daylight savings on/ off) and Co-ordinated Universal Time.
Stopwatch : 1/20 second, 24 minutes.
Countdown timer : 1 second, maximum 24 hours.
Alarm : single
Full auto-calendar; 12/24-hour format; battery level indicator; LED light with afterglow: 3.0 seconds
Power source : solar (Casio’s Tough Solar)
Continuous operation : About 18 months with the power-saving function*3 ON after full charge
*3 Power-saving after a certain period in a dark location

 

G-SHOCK GWG-1000-1A3

Next up is Mud Time, with the GWG-1000 aka ‘MUD MASTER’, with compass bearing, barometric pressure and altitude indicators, temperature reader, and created for EXTRA MUD. For those who are unfamiliar with Casio’s Mud watches, this includes the all-important protection, around the buttons, against mud entering the case. It is also seemingly impervious to the vibrations of off-road travel and general outdoors wear and tear. Basically, these are intended to be able to function under a broad range of outdoor scenarios. This new model has a compass bearing and a barometer as well. As is the case with the previous model, its weight is about 100g.

SPECIFICATIONS

Size : 59.5 × 56.1 × 18.0 mm
Water resistance : 200m
Low temperature resistance : -10°C / 14°F
Radio frequences : 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). Time-calibration (auto,*4 manual); acquisition of position information (manual)
Radio wave reception : Automatic reception up to six times a day (except for use in China: up to five times a day); manual reception
Digital compass : Measures and displays direction as one of 16 points with the second hand; measuring range: 0° to 359°; measuring unit: 1°; 60 seconds continuous measurement; bidirectional calibration and magnetic declination correction.
Barometer : Measuring range: 260 hPa to 1,100 hPa (7.65 inHg to 32.45 inHg); measuring unit: 1 hPa (0.05 inHg); atmospheric pressure change indicator (±10 hPa); barometric pressure tendency graph (past 20 hours graph display); barometric pressure tendency information (arrow indicates significant pressure changes.
Altimeter : Measuring range: -700 m to 10,000 m (-2,300 ft to 32,800 ft.); measuring unit: 1 m (5 ft.); manual memory measurements (up to 30 records, each including altitude, date, time); auto log data (high/low altitudes, cumulative ascent and descent of particular treks); altitude change indicator (±100 m / ±1000 m); other: relative altitude readings (-3,000 m to 3,000 m); measurement interval setting*3(every 5 seconds / every 2 minutes)
*3 second for first 3 minutes only
Thermometer : Measuring range: -10°C to 60°C (14°F to 140°F); measuring unit: 0.1°C (0.2°F)
World time : Coordinated Universal Time, auto switching / standard time and Coordinated Universal Time
Stop watch : 1/100 second; measuring capacity: 24 hours; measuring modes: elapsed time, split time, 1st and 2nd place times
Countdown timer : 1 second (maximum 60 minutes)
Alarm : 5 independent daily alarms, hourly time signal.
Other functions : Full auto-calendar; 12/24-hour format; battery level indicator; button operation tone on/off; full auto double LED backlight with afterglow: 1.5 or 3.0 seconds; hand-concealment function (manual, auto: barometer / altimeter / thermometer function)
Power source : solar (Casio’s Tough Solar)
Continuous operation : About 23 months with the power-saving function *4 ON after full charge
*4 display shuts off after a certain period in a dark location.

 

basel2015casio1
L to R : GPW-1000T, GPW-1000TBS, GWG-1000-1A3

 

G-SHOCK MRG-G1000RT

This next G-SHOCK also receives both GPS and waves for accurate timekeeping and also has a Ti64 alloy case but interestingly, has aesthetics inspired by traditional Japanese craftsmanship and will be in a limited edition of 100 pieces worldwide (yes, not Japan-only). It is the one shown in the photo at the top.

Based, as the reference number indicates, on the MRG-G1000, it offers a dual time zone function as well as the specialised timekeeping regulators. The ‘Japanese craftsmanshipo’ component which makes this watch limited is that it is inspired by the ‘nie’ patterns on Japanese swords. The bezel and metal plate are made from Ti64 alloy that is recrystallised, which gives them a differen type of finish. There is also the use of a DLC coating that Casio are calling ‘Japan blue’ for reasons that are somewhat obscure but whose hue will alter slightly according to how light bounces on it. There is also, of course, culturally-inspired engraving on this piece.

SPECIFICATIONS

Size : 54.7 × 49.8 × 16.9 mm
Weight : 154g
Water resistance : 200m
GPS signal frequency : 1575.42MHz
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) Time-calibration (auto,*4 manual); acquisition of position information (manual)
GPS Signal reception : *4 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)
World time : 27 cities (40 time zones, daylight saving on/off) and Coordinated Universal Time
Stop watch : 1/20 second stopwatch. 24 minutes. Elapsed time.
Countdown tinmer : 1 second (max 24 hurs)
Alarm : 1
Other functions : Full auto-calendar; 12/24-hour format; battery level indicator; LED light with afterglow: 3.0 seconds
Power source : solar (Casio Tough Solar system). About 18 months with power-saving function *5 ON after full charge
*5 – power saving after a certain period in a dark location.



Categories: Baselworld 2015, Casio, Limited Editions, watches

Tags:

1 reply

  1. I love me some G shocks but these are getting a bit steep in pricing… yes i get materials and functions but still…

    Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: