The new Casio G-Shock MT-G (MTG1100-1A) Metal Twisted quartz watch features an advanced (some may even call it revolutionary) Tough Movement technology. Simply put, the watch automatically checks positioning of its hands every hour or so against correct time broadcasted by a nearest atomic clock and adjusts them to a proper position, if needed, to always display correct time.
According to the Japanese company, the higher accuracy of the mechanism is ensured courtesy of their Multi-Band 6 Atomic Timekeeping technology.
The “6” here means that the watch is capable of receiving radio calibration signals from up to six different transmitters strategically placed all over the civilized world.
Two of them are broadcasting from Japan, two from Europe (UK and Germany,) one from the United States and the last one from China.
Practically speaking, customers living in Africa, Australia Latin America and most ex-Soviet countries that don’t share their borders either with EU or with China are again left behind. Damn it.
Frankly, some may argue that the Multi-Band 6 technology simply tries to remedy the base movement’s inherent inability to keep time, however, the same can be said about tourbillon escapements in mechanical watches: they are, too, simply a pair of crutches in order make naturally flawed mechanism to be more reliable. In other words, we should probably consider the hands correction system an integral part of the watch that, while not making it considerably more expensive, makes it more precise. Purists may frown here, but those who don’t want to miss their plane or train while looking extremely cool wearing this oversized beauty will simply make a good investment into a gadget of high quality and good industrial design.
As usual, the Casio G-Shock MT-G 1100-1A is packed with features, including luminous hands and markers covered with Casio’s Neo-Brite, 1/100 second chronograph counter, 29 city world time and even daily alarm.
All these functions need enormous amount of power, so the watch is equipped with a tiny solar panel working together with a high-capacity rechargeable battery.
As usual for the G-Shock series, the watch comes in a huge, rugged-looking case around 47 millimeters in width and almost 16 millimeters in height, so be sure to try one on before ordering it online.
Due to the use of stainless steel for the body and the bracelet, the watch is pretty heavy, too, tipping the scales at some 130 grams.
My only issue with this timekeeper is the crystal that protects its dial from specs of dust, water and all. Instead of a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal the Casio decided to use a hardened mineral glass, which is more prone to scratches. What a shame!
The watch is reported to be available right now at a suggested price of $650, although I wasn’t able to find one in an online store. Yes, compared to your average $200 G-Shock, the price looks steep, but this wristwatch is also of a higher-grade variety that not only looks cool thanks to its finely finished metal parts, but also features an overall feeling of “luxury” that quartz timekeepers from the sub-$200 range rarely possess.
Casio G-Shock MT-G (MTG1100-1A) Metal Twisted quartz watch specification
Price range: $650 (MSRP)
Movement: Quartz, “Tough Movement” series, 5-motor module, shock-resistant, Made in Japan
Complications: Date, day of week, chronograph, 29 cities, atomic clock synchronization
Power reserve: Solar-powered
Case material: Stainless steel and resin
Bezel material: Resin
Case shape: Round
Transparent case back: No
Case size: 47.00 mm
Case height: 16.00 mm
Dial: Different shades of gray, multilayered
Hands: Stainless steel, skeletonized
Water resistance: 200 meters
Strap: Stainless steel bracelet
Crystal: Mineral, hardened
Back: Solid, engraved