One of the greatest strengths of Casio’s seminal G-Shock line is its sheer variety. Catering to every market from true entry-level tool designs to luxurious showcases for traditional Japanese finishing techniques, there’s a G-Shock for nearly every taste, and with this immense scope comes a wide range of visual treatments. Casio’s latest entry into the high-end MT-G series trends towards the more audacious end of the G-Shock spectrum, combining one of the brand’s most capable quartz movements with innovative materials and a wildly vibrant colorway inspired by the twisting narrow passages of Arizona’s world-famous Antelope Canyon. The new limited edition Casio G-Shock MT-G MTGB2000XMG1 brings a dynamic new multicolored look to the line through a variety of unique techniques, while evolving the durable construction that has come to define the G-Shock brand.
Although the oversized 49.8mm proportions of the Casio G-Shock MT-G MTGB2000XMG1 are eye-catching on their own, the obvious focal point of this case is its wildly striated multicolor bezel. Crafted from alternating layers of carbon fiber and fiberglass, this lightweight and durable design cycles through all the colors of the Arizona desert, from fiery oranges and bright blues to magentas, purples, yellows, and deep black. This vibrant multicolor execution may not be to everyone’s taste, but the material ingenuity and technique behind the design is impressive on its own. The contrasting layers of bright color and deep black also call to mind another visual staple of the region, closely aping the striped look of traditional Mexican blankets. The rest of the stainless steel and carbon case continues this high-impact colorway, with a black ion plated main case body, ion plated pushers in blue, gold, and red, and hinged lugs in muted ion plated gold. Casio also uses its newly-developed rainbow ion plating technique for the polished inner ring of the bezel, featuring a smooth gradient from deep blue to yellow-orange. The overall form is shared with the rest of the MTGB2000 series, with a sharply faceted geometric silhouette and a strong mix of brushed and mirror polished surfaces in images. Like other members of the MTGB2000 line, this model uses a carbon monocoque inner case and the brand’s Carbon Core Guard sub-chassis to give the movement within multiple layers of lightweight protection. The end result should carry on the G-Shock standard of durability, with a reliable 200 meters of water resistance.
The dial of the Casio G-Shock MT-G MTGB2000XMG1 carries on the dramatic multicolored look of the case, using a varied colorway to highlight its layered construction. The MT-G line’s trademark chunky applied wedge indices are in bright ion plated cobalt blue here, with a grooved central section that allows for a bold mix of shadows and highlights in initial images. Pops of traffic-cone orange on the skeleton sword handset offer a dynamic contrast, allowing this complex design to remain easily legible at a glance. The sloping azurage ring surrounding the 8 o’clcok second time zone subdial takes on a deeper, more saturated orange hue, contrasted sharply by sky blue printed numerals and indices. Casio highlights the unique squared-off shape of the 3 o’clock multifunction subdial with a split accent ring, dividing the functions between segments in hot magenta, cobalt blue, and asphalt-textured matte black. The MTGB2000XMG1 extends this raised matte black segment into a sculpted strip bisecting the main dial from 3 o’clock to 9 o’clock, adding a sense of depth and complexity in images in addition to giving the radially brushed base dial surface a complementing texture that should lead to dynamic light play.
Like the rest of the MTGB2000 series, Casio powers the G-Shock MT-G MTGB2000XMG1 with an in-house Tough Solar quartz movement. In typical G-Shock fashion, this movement packs in an immense array of complications, ranging from a 24-hour chronograph and a countdown timer to a daily alarm, a perpetual calendar, radio controlled atomic time calibration six times per day, mobile device connectivity via Bluetooth, a world timer, and solar charging. Without its automatic correction, this movement is still highly accurate, averaging +15/-15 seconds per month, and offers a 29 month power reserve after a full solar charge. Casio completes the G-Shock MT-G MTGB2000XMG1’s audacious colorway with a tapering semi-integrated sculpted rubber strap in translucent midnight blue resin. The bold signal orange accents near the lugs give this strap an ultramodern sporty look in images.
Although its bright and colorful Arizona-inspired ethos may not resonate with all tastes, the limited edition Casio G-Shock MT-G MTGB2000XMG1 pushes the MT-G line forward with new techniques, materials, finishes, and an impressive sense of quality. Although the production numbers of the Casio G-Shock MT-G MTGB2000XMG1 are limited, Casio has declined to disclose the exact number of examples that will be produced. The Casio G-Shock MT-G MTGB2000XMG1 will be available though select authorized dealers, the G-Shock Soho Store, and the brand’s online sales platform in December 2021. For more details, please visit the brand’s website.