For 2022, Japan’s Casio releases a uncommon high-end digital dial model of its lauded MR-G assortment of elevated G-Shock watches with the MRGB5000 household. There hasn’t been a digital member of the G-Shock MR-G watch assortment since 1999, although the unique Casio G-Shock MR-G watch from 1996 sported a digital display screen. MR-G watches (fairly actually “Mr. G,” as in a mature, grownup model of G-Shock merchandise) began out as a extra subtle option to benefit from the sturdiness and reliability of G-Shock watches with formal or enterprise apparel. Since then, Casio has used the MR-G product household as a playground to experiment with novel creative strategies and generally even supplies. See, for instance, this earlier Casio G-Shock MR-G watch we checked out hands-on at aBlogtoWatch right here. With the MRGB5000 fashions, Casio has (for now) gone in a unique route with the MR-G idea, making a “tremendous G-Shock” model of the now-popular favourite GMW-B5000 (GMWB5000) that aBlogtoWatch has lined on quite a few events.
Like all G-Shock MR-G watches, the MRGB5000 timepieces are a distinct segment delicacy for many who admire what Casio engineers had been going for and why paying a number of occasions the value of even essentially the most high-end G-Shock is sensible for a shopper. Thoughts you that in comparison with Casio’s latest analog dial MR-G watches, the digital dial MRG-B5000 items are a relative cut price. That mentioned, these are round $3,000 greater than the steel-cased GMWB5000 watches they’re based mostly on. And Casio is much less involved about everybody operating out to get certainly one of these watches (they have a tendency to do tremendous available in the market) and extra excited by ensuring that watch fans perceive what makes a product like this dearer than its normal G-Shock items and the way this watch celebrates each its heritage and firm strengths.
For comparability’s sake, I’ve photographed the MRG-B5000 watch alongside one of many GMW-B5000 items so as to see how they’re comparable and completely different. Briefly, the MRG-B5000 case is produced from vastly extra components (extra precision engineering/higher trying), in addition to from unique titanium alloy supplies that aren’t accessible in Casio’s normal manufacturing (although there are some titanium variations of the GMW-B5000). If you happen to maintain the metal GMW-B5000 and the MRG-B5000 in reverse fists, you’ll discover how they each have a fantastic presentation, however the MRG-B5000 is much more solidly constructed and but weighs a lot lower than its steel-cased relative. By way of dimensions, they’re roughly the identical with the instances being simply over 43mm-wide and 13mm-thick — very a lot a medium-sized G-Shock, which suggests a excessive stage of wearability for quite a lot of wrist sizes.
Total, I feel Casio did an excellent job with the case and bracelet engineering of the MRG-B5000 watches which might be represented on this article because the reference MRGB5000D-1A (“silver” tone) and the MRGB5000B-A1 (DLC black-coated model). The detailing is really next-level for a Casio G-Shock watch, and I feel those that admire particulars shall be keen on what Casio did right here. The one space wherein I’d have preferred to see one thing further on this watch is the module (which is what Casio calls most of its in-house watch actions, on account of the truth that they haven’t any, or few, precise transferring components). The module is fairly high-tech, being certainly one of Casio’s Robust Photo voltaic (mild charged) digital programs that sport Bluetooth smartphone connectivity, which lets you function the watch out of your cellphone, in addition to have the time be mechanically up to date. This motion is basically a super-powered model of that which existed within the authentic 1983 G-Shock DW-5000C that the GMW-B5000 and MRG-B5000 assortment is thematically impressed by. On the plus aspect, with the MR-G containing an current and thus acquainted motion, lots of people fearful about having to be taught one thing new can benefit from the MRGB5000 with out having to be taught any new programs or know-how options.
What I’d have preferred to see at this value stage is both an excellent newer and extra subtle MIP screen-based module for this case form or, in any case, a slicker-looking digital LCD display screen with a bit extra visible pizazz and, maybe, shade. Once more, there’s nothing missing or poor within the module or display screen, however since Casio positions the MR-G household as a part of its “show-off” watch assortment, I wished to see a glitzy display screen and/or module along with the admittedly unimaginable case building and ending. Sooner or later, I totally anticipate Casio persevering with to launch extra MIP (reminiscence in pixel) screens (which might be already accessible on some watches) that provide extra decision and visible artistic alternatives. Over the display screen is, after all, a extremely scratch-resistant sapphire crystal. Word the utilized “MR-G” plaque on the dial and the signature pink ring across the dial, which is usually used for G-Shock MR-G merchandise.
A good way to assist introduce the case complexity of the MRG-B5000 case is to check it with the GMW-B5000. The latter is produced from one stable steel half, whereas the MRG-B5000 case is comprised of 25 particular person components. An identical story of complexity exists for the built-in bracelet. Whereas the GMW-B5000 makes use of fewer components which might be shaped to look extra sophisticated, the MRG-B5000 has bracelet hyperlinks with individually crafted and inserted rivets, in addition to an MR-G-style deployant clasp that provides an non-compulsory “lock” that stops it from opening by accident (although it’s already push-button activated).
The ensuing stage of visible element over the case and bracelet is extraordinarily spectacular. Being constructed from all these completely different components implies that every may be individually completed for a greater general look. Casio, after all, wanted to make sure that the MRGB5000 watches had been critical G-Shocks, which implies that regardless of all the flowery aesthetics, the watches should be water resistant to 200 meters and extremely shock-resistant. To perform shock resistance within the case, beneath the titanium elements are varied shock-absorbing supplies resembling silicone buffer components and Casio’s proprietary Multi-Guard Construction to additional shield the motion contained in the case from vibration, shock, and interference.
Casio and different Japanese watchmakers love the thought of merchandise that look new for so long as attainable. I share this curiosity solely and, for that motive, I’m very excited concerning the particular alloys that Casio selected as a cloth foundation for the MRG-B5000 watches. The rationale the 2 watches pictured on this article are a unique value is the DLC-coating, which the black-colored MRGB5000D-1A has, is an extra set of steps and will increase the manufacturing price. Sometimes, DLC-coated (diamond-like carbon) watches are far more scratch-resistant than uncoated metals. On this case, I feel that whereas the black model would possibly technically be extra scratch-resistant, each variations of the MRGB5000 have excessive native scratch resistance, although they’re produced from titanium (a softer steel). Why is that?
It’s as a result of Casio makes use of three unique steel alloys to provide the G-Shock MRGB5000 watch instances and bracelets. First, Casio makes use of a cobalt-chromium alloy materials known as Cobarion for the MRG-B5000’s bezel. This alloy is claimed to be 4 occasions extra scratch-resistant than titanium, and it polishes with a platinum-like end. For appears and sturdiness, Casio made the precise selection with Cobarion for the bezel materials. I think about that Cobarion isn’t the lightest alloy, so the remainder of the MRGB5000 case and bracelet are produced from two types of titanium. The first titanium alloy used for many of the MRGB5000 bracelet is called DAT55G and it’s mentioned to be thrice as scratch resistant as normal titanium. Casio then makes use of a titanium alloy generally known as TI64 for smaller components of the MRG-B5000 case such because the pushers and caseback, mentioned to be twice as scratch resistant as normal titanium.
It’s exhausting to understand simply how properly the MRG-B5000 watches look and play with the sunshine till you deal with one in particular person. Casio does such a pleasant job showcasing the usual GMWB5000 watches in its advertising pictures that it may be troublesome to think about that the MRGB5000 items look higher. The reality is that each associated mannequin households are lovely, and one is positioned as a premium shopper product whereas the opposite is a critical enthusiast-grade timepiece that showcases what Casio can do when its product workforce needs to go the additional mile and provide a product that almost all mainstream shoppers wouldn’t be capable to wrap their minds round. We, nonetheless, aren’t mainstream shoppers, and the virtues of this new “mega-digital” luxurious watch household from Casio are self-evident.
Thoughts you, the MRG-B5000 is hardly the most costly digital watch on this household that Casio has created. If you happen to actually need to go nuts, then try the stable gold Casio G-Shock G-D5000-9JR, which prices $70,000 (aBlogtoWatch hands-on right here). Most individuals who need to spend massive on a cool Casio will discover the MRG-B5000 very a lot to their liking, in my view. The watches are compelling for day by day enjoyment and are far much less artistically polarizing than a few of the extra artisanal-style MR-G watches that we sometimes anticipate from Casio G-Shock every year. I additionally really feel that fans of conventional mechanical watches will admire the detailed building of the MRGB5000 case and its components. This is among the most discreet luxurious watches of the yr, and it fluidly appeals to folks desirous to mix in the place high-end watches will not be applicable, in addition to for many who need to make a singular assertion with their luxurious timepiece in socially elevated environments.
Metallic G-Shock watches have all the time been a humorous factor as a result of the unique idea of G-Shock was to make use of resins and different polymers to create extremely shock-resistant, light-weight workhorse watches. Metallic is a cloth that may be polished and tends to last more than resins, so it is sensible that Casio’s workforce naturally wished to mix the attract of steel with the good thing about a G-Shock. For that motive, MR-G and different steel watches have lived alongside normal G-Shock timepieces for a few years. The grail for Casio engineers is to have metal-cased G-Shock watches that aren’t solely as light-weight and sturdy as normal G-Shock timepieces but additionally provide further advantages resembling long-lasting put on resistance and extra luxurious appears. That could be very a lot what one thing just like the MRG-B5000 fashions provide in a G-Shock sporting expertise and why these merchandise could make a lot sense. Value for the Casio G-Shock MRG-B5000 reference MRGB5000D-1A in “silver” is $3,500 USD, and the reference MRGB5000B-1A is $4,000 USD. Be taught extra at Casio G-Shock web site right here.