Casio Announces Limited Edition MR-G Shougeki-Maru Shock Resistant Watch Inspired by Samurai Kabuto
Casio announced today the release of a new addition to the MR-G Series, the flagship line of the G-SHOCK brand of shock-resistant watches. The MRG-B2000SH Shougeki-Maru takes its inspiration from the traditional kabuto (helmet) worn by Japanese samurai. As befits the Casio MR-G Series and its continued pursuit of excellence, each bezel is individually hand carved by Masao Kobayashi, a metalsmith highly skilled in the technique of chasing, with the image of a dragon climbing to the heavens. A limited edition of just 400 of these watches will be released worldwide.
The new Casio MRG-B2000SH is inspired by Shougeki-Maru, an original kabuto piece that was commissioned for MR-G. Kabuto were worn by Japanese samurai when heading into battle and are known for their samurai aesthetic and symbolizing the strong convictions of samurai. These qualities resonate with the MR-G pursuit of ultimate toughness and aesthetics.
The surface of the bezel and band simulates the tetsu sabiji (rusted steel) finishing technique used on the Shougeki-Maru kabuto helmet. The aged feel was reproduced by using special dies based on the sand dies by casting artisan Masanao Kikuchi. Additionally, the bezel and band are finished with layers of brown and blue ion plating (IP) to create the rugged look of rusted steel and the look of the navy blue ito odoshi* used in the Shougeki-Maru kabuto, respectively. This gives a unique textured finish that enhances the deep colors of the rusted steel look.
The rugged textures and unique colors create a deeply inspired design that evokes the aged beauty of the kabuto helmet. In terms of features, the MRG-B2000SH pairs with a smartphone using Bluetooth® and receives radio wave time-calibration signals, automatically correcting the time upon arriving in a different time zone without having to operate the buttons. The MRG-B2000SH is a truly special watch that delivers both advanced technology and master craftsmanship.
Masao Kobayashi the third-generation metal craftsman working in Shiga Prefecture’s city of Otsu. Active as a metal engraver as well, with experience studying engraving in Kyoto. Works with a wide range of decorative metal crafts, including crafting shrine and temple fixtures, restoring historic cultural assets, crafting tea ceremony implements and engaging in artistic craftwork. One of Japan’s premier artisanal metalworkers.