HANDS-ON: 21st century tech meets Japanese swordsmithing tradition in the Casio MRG-G2000GA 'Gassan' 

At first glance, the pairing of a GPS-enabled, solar-powered watch, with a direct lineage to an 800-year-old family tradition in one of Japan's most culturally important crafts might seem odd, but that's precisely what we're looking at with this high-end Casio MRG-G2000GA 'Gassan'.  Before we get to the sword side of things, let's have a look at the timekeeping side of the equation. The case of this imposing watch is made from titanium, but not just any titanium. We're talking…

Eureka! Joining the Casio gold rush

Editor's note: I'll be honest, there is a part of me that really likes this watch. There is something about a gold-tone full-metal G-Shock that appeals to the same part of my brain that is excited by a solid gold Doxa; it's a part tickled by totally unnecessary extravagance that is just so fun. Luckily, Cam put together his thoughts on what it's like to own one of these nuggets, which is well worth a read if you haven't yet.…

HANDS-ON: Full metal jacket – the Casio G-Shock GMW-B5000V

Casio's G-Shock has a reputation — and a well-deserved one, I might add — for being one of the toughest watches ever made. Way back in 1983, Kikuo Ibe, the man behind the watch, decreed that the watch needed to meet some pretty tough criteria: a 10-year battery life, water resistance of 10 bar, and the ability to survive a 10-metre fall onto a hard surface.  In the decades since, the combination of extreme functionality and even more extreme durability has…

6 milestones / gifting occasions that you should buy a watch for (that also make good excuses to buy for yourself)

Personally, I don't need an excuse to buy a watch for myself. But I have, many times, used certain milestones as justification for a purchase whenever they have come under scrutiny. So whether or not you genuinely want to buy a timepiece to commemorate a special time in your life, or whether you just want a decent excuse to present to your family/partner/colleagues when you admit that the huge withdrawal from your savings account wasn't fraud, read on.  Graduation/Coming of age…

INTRODUCING: Casio's MTG-B1000RB is somewhere way over the rainbow

This watch is not for the faint of heart. Not only does the Casio MTG-B1000RB possess the legendary qualities of toughness for which G-Shock is famous, it's also got one heckuva strong look.  The look is achieved via vivid treatment of the metal bezel portion of the watch; it's a rainbow-hued ion-plating treatment and, boy, is it a sight to behold. But before I wax lyrical about the glory of rainbow bezels, how about some backstory. The MT-G family was…

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