Trifecta Of Toughness: The G-SHOCK MTGB2000YBD1
Kikuo Ibe should be proud. Back in 1981, this Casio engineer simply wanted to create a timepiece that was resilient enough to stand up to the extremes of modern life after accidentally damaging a watch given to him by his father. So, Ibe formed Project Team Tough to conduct shock-absorbing research, produce tough prototypes, and create the first G-SHOCK – the iconic DW-5000C from 1983.
Now, by harnessing Project Team Tough’s inspiring technical spirit, G-SHOCK’s signature endurance, and a CMF (Color, Material, Finish) design philosophy, the new MT-G arrives on your wrist with its own fresh perspective on modern looks, modern materials, and modern luxury.
Of A Technical Nature
A new addition to G-SHOCK’s premium MT-G line, which strives to represent the fusion of the maker’s estimable design, technical functionality, materials, and performance DNA, the MTGB2000YBD1 is faithful to its MT-G siblings in form and functionality, but that’s about where the comparison ends.
That is because, with its multi-layered carbon bezel frame, forged from no fewer than 235 sheets of carbon and glass fiber, the MTGB2000YBD1 amps up the line’s storied durability. Plus, the shock-resistance of G-SHOCK’s carbon monocoque case combined with its carbon Core Guard structure delivers a rugged frame that is 77 percent lighter than its stainless-steel counterpart. In fact, the total weight is a feathery 131 grams.
Additionally, the top-layer carbon sheet wraps around the case at 12, 3, 6, and 9 o’clock to provide unmatched structural stability; cylindrical carbon sheets wrap the lugs, as well. And that complex multi-layered material strength-to-weight ratio story is carried onto the composite link band, which is crafted from layers of both metal and fine resin to offer a more conforming fit with the look and luster of all-metal construction.
Driven By Design
All of this next-generation material and construction technology is presented in a sleekly stealthy red-on-black presentation that, while it wears subtle and sophisticated, also carries with it a big dose of, well, the bad-ass.
The MTGB2000YBD1 is a daily-wear double agent: Its weight and functionality will serve you well during the day, but its colorway will carry you through the night, perfect for that midnight cafe run astride your motorcycle.
Beveled surfaces on the case and bracelet are sallaz polished to a dark metallic gleam, while the flat surfaces feature a hairline brush treatment. However, the glint of woven glass fiber layers along the case edges and lugs tell an edgier tale in bold red accents along the etched case sides.
Moreover, counter hands, sub-dial rings, gauging, and numerals, all done in red, gorgeously draw the eye to some of the watch’s functions. Beyond the watch’s distinguished crown, one of the signature four pushers that encircle the case, which mark this timepiece as a Bluetooth-connected model, is also ringed in red.
Connected, Competent, Complete
Those pushers give you access to the stunning array of the watch’s functions, like world time, daily alarm, countdown timer, and stopwatch. But it’s the BLE (Bluetooth Low-Energy) smartphone connectivity via the G-SHOCK connected app that opens up an extended array of functionality such as time/date sync, home city/world time swapping, and even a phone finder function. Basically, you now have full access through the app to the functions that one might typically set manually with the pushers.
Finally, to top things off, this timepiece is solar-powered, features an anti-reflective sapphire crystal, night-splitting Super Illuminator LED light, and is water resistant to 200 meters. Technology, toughness, and tantalizing.
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(Photography by Kat Shoulders and Liam O’Donnell)