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Watchmakers pay tribute to their inspirations in these 4 new timepieces

Vintage watches from Omega, Hublot, IWC and Casio get spruced up.

  • Casio G-Shock MRG-G2000HT


    Casio's flagship MR-G series feature the brand's top-of-the-line G-Shock watches - you'd recognise it from the four-figure prices and find them stocked only at G-Factory Premium at Marina Bay Sand, as well as luxury timepiece retailer Cortina.

    Its latest is the MRG-G2000HT which features tsuiki: the traditional Japanese craft of hammering a sheet of metal thinly to produce a three-dimensional shape.

    Historically, the technique was used to make copperware and metal containers, as well as armour and helmets which needed to be made both thin and strong. It is now also used to produce rail cars and aircraft components.

    Bihou Asano, a third-generation master artisan who was born into a Kyoto family of tsuiki metal hammering experts is responsible for the mist-like pattern found on the MRG-G2000HT's bezel and bracelet mid-links.

    The 74-year-old has created works for the Kyoto State Guest House and participated in restoration of items designated as Important Cultural Properties in Japan.

    DLC (diamond-like carbon) is used to give the bezel and back case of the watch a deep indigo "Japan blue" hue, while the band and buttons feature a distinctive oboro-gin (silver-grey) finish that is traditionally used in Japan for sword accessories and ornaments.

    The MRG-G2000HT keeps time with the new Connected Engine 3-Way module which can be synced automatically by radio wave, GPS or via a smartphone app.

    Only 500 watches will be produced for sale worldwide.

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Story first appeared on The Business Times.