Casio debuted a G-Shock smartwatch at Baselworld last week that costs as much as a first-class flight to Tokyo.
The $7,400 MRGG2000HT-1A, a special edition timepiece, is purported to “demonstrate the best in Japanese innovation and craftsmanship,” according to a statement from the company.
The Bluetooth-connected watch “is handcrafted using a traditional Japanese hammer tone technique with colors inspired by a Japanese cloud dragon.”
The MRGG2000HT-1A features three-way time sync capabilities and G-Shock’s GPS Hybrid Wave Ceptor technology, which accurately measures time and location from anywhere on earth.
The watch pairs with a proprietary mobile-phone app, and the device’s time setting can be adjusted directly through the app.
But it’s the watch’s outsides that make it so pricey. The timepiece was hand-hammered by third-generation master metal craftsman Bihou Asano, “who individually hammered each bezel and band using the Tsu-i-ki technique with a Kasumi finish: a traditional craft method that creates unique relief patterns through hammering.”
The company further reports that the watch’s titanium case and band “undergo a special deep-hardening treatment that renders it five times harder than regular titanium, while the diamond-like carbon coating of the band and a sapphire glass crystal offer outstanding scratch resistance.”
The watch, which is housed in a 49.8 mm case, comes equipped with G-Shock’s signature shock and 200 meter water resistances, as well as world time (39 cities + UTC), an LED “super illuminator” light, a daily alarm, a full auto calendar, and automatic date-update capabilities.
It’s set to go on sale this September.