For Baselworld 2015, a new limited edition version of the G-Shock GPS Hybrid Wave Ceptor has been launched. Using Casio’s new Titanium 64 alloy, which is several times harder then pure titanium, this new model undergoes the special Aged IP treatment used on last years MT-G Baselworld Limited Edition.
It has been several years since the US market has seen Casio’s premium line known as Oceanus. Named from the ancient god of the sea, Oceanus brings the highest level of quality to the Casio line up utilizing premium materials, craftsmanship, and technology that is unrivaled. The fully metal GPS Hybrid Wave Ceptor OCWG1000 is the first of the new wave of Oceanus to return to the US Market after years of being exclusively sold in Japan. Made at Casio’s flagship facility in Yamagata, Japan, these luxury timepieces are produced on an exclusive premium production line, where only award winning craftsman assemble Oceanus, as well as Casio’s other premium products. Arizona Fine Time is extremely proud to be the first and exclusive authorized dealers for the new OCW-G1000-1A in the USA!
Last year marked a memorable day in the record books when Casio introduced one of their most expensive timepieces to the US market, bringing the MT-G Metal Twisted G-Shock to this country. This year, a new technology was brought forth with their GPW1000 series, featuring not only radio control, but also GPS timing information to make for the ultimate in accuracy. Today, we introduce a merger of these two revolutionary pieces introduced in a variation of G-Shock typically only sold in Japan as their most premium G. The MRG-G1000, known as the MR-G GPS Hybrid Wave Ceptor has officially been introduced to market, with an unbelievable metal construction, the durability G-Shock is renowned for, and the impressive technology of GPS and Multi Band 6, all powered by light.
The evolution of G-Shock is here! We would like to introduce you to once of the most impressive G’s to ever hit the market. Not just in design, but this is one of the most complex, highly functional, and smartest G-Shock’s to be introduced. Say hello to the new Casio G-Shock Sky Cockpit Aviation GPS Hybrid Wave Ceptor, the Gravity Master, GPW1000! We were fortunate enough to get a trial run prior to its national debut in the USA, test out its functions, and see just how this piece works. I think everyone will be truly impressed.
The new GPW1000’s are going to be solar powered, which is impressive in its self. The power it requires to sync to satellites nearly 13,000 miles away is huge, but not only does this piece have a GPS receiver, but also a radio signal receiver which means it could require more power. However, Casio has a very low power radio receiver and actually worked with Sony on the development of one of the lowest power consuming GPS receivers on the market. The GPS tech inside this piece is incredible and utilizes a grid consisting of over 2.6 billion points, or a 500m segment. This is ultra accurate for finding the correct timezone no matter where you are standing. The solar power reserve will last around 7 months, but can go a maximum of 18 months if in power save mode. There is a low power alert, and you can see the energy in the watch, every time you adjust back to timekeeping mode. When you go into timekeeping mode, the second hand will rotate between 12:00 and 6:00, with 12:00 expressing a full power reserve , and 6:00 meaning empty.
The lower right hand button will be to engage your GPS reveive. The watch will actually connect to a single satellite automatically up to once a day when exposed to bright light for 1-2 minutes. This will only adjust the accuracy, not the timezone. You can do this type of connection by holding the lower right button for a couple of seconds, or until the second hand points to “TIME” between 6:00-7:00. If you hold down the button for more then a few seconds and the second hand points to “T+P” between 8:00-9:00, this means time and position. You will then connect to multiple satellites, the mode hand around 3:00 will go up and down a couple of times, and generally within 30-40 seconds, the watch will pin point your location and adjust the hands to the timezone you are standing in while the mode hand indicates your current latitude. Another cool feature is that this piece will automatically recognize daylight savings, so there is never a need to adjust. Even in Arizona where we do not adjust for daylight savings, this piece will sync for mountain time, but it knows AZ does not use daylight savings, so it turns it off when necessary. On top of that, the watch will automatically connect to the radio control towers, if in range, starting at midnight.
You have a secondary timezone displayed at 7:00-8:00. This piece uses Smart Access technology to adjust this timezone. You simply unlock the crown, pull it to the first click out, your second hand will point to the city code your sub dial is set for, and then turn until it is for the timezone you want. Close the crown and the hands will have adjusted themselves. There is an option to switch to UTC time for the sub dial without turning the crown, you just hold the lower right button with the crown out one click. You can also manually set the central hands in the same way (minus the UTC quick adjustment), but you would pull to the second clock instead. Of course, it is more fun to use the GPS to set the timezone for the central hands. You have date and day of the week while in standard timekeeping mode. It also has airplane mode to turn off the GPS receiver. You simply hold the lower left button for more then four seconds to turn on or off.
By just pushing the lower left button once, your watch will then go into chronograph mode. This can measure from 1/20th of a second up to 24 minutes. The 1/20th of a second is displayed on the center seconds hand, seconds and minutes on the secondary time sub dial. Pushing the lower left button again will be for your count down timer mode. You use the Smart Access crown to adjust the hands on the secondary time sub dial to the amount of time you want to count down. An alert will sound once the timer has reached zero. Next, is your alarm mode. The alarm is again set by using the crown and the secondary time zone sub dial. With the crown closed push the lower right button to turn the alarm on or off. Your seconds hand will point to “ON” or “OFF”.
The resin case surrounds a DLC coated stainless steel bezel and measures out at 56mm wide by 18.8mm thick. The piece is no doubt large, but certainly is impressive and very good looking. These will have anti-reflective coated sapphire crystal, a unique and easy to use crown, Hybrid Mount Construction, Alpha Gel and 200m water resistance makes for the shock, gravitational force, vibration and water resistance that G-Shock requires.
The resin strap is inlayed with carbon fiber to add durability and has a stainless steel clasp and keeper. The overall construction and attention to detail is very impressive. There is Casio’s Neo-Brite for the hands and markers, but to give it that extra boost, there is an incredible LED light that gradually increases in brightness, and gradually fades out. It is literally strong enough to use as a flashlight in complete dark.
The GPW1000-1A will be the core production model which retails for $950. You can order this piece direct from AZFT HERE.
The GPW1000-4A will be the same price, and is going to be a limited production model. This is also $950 and is available for ORDER HERE.
The GPW1000-1B will also be a limited production model, also retail for $950 and can be ORDERED HERE. All three models are currently in stock! Stay tuned to the AZFT Blog to see as we attend and guest speak at the national press conference for the release of these new timepieces!
See the new Gravity Master GPS Hybrid G-Shock in action in our video below…
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A ground breaking day has occurred in watchmaking. On June 18th 2014, Citizen announced the introduction of a new collection in their stunning Campanola series. These new Campanola models will be the first to feature mechanical self-winding movements. Campanola Automatics are not the ground breaking news I was discussing. What is, is that the mechanical calibers featured in these two new pieces are actually manufactured in La Choux De Fonds, Switzerland and assembled in Japan! In March of 2012, Citizen Japan announced its purchase of the holding company Prothor, which owns the incredible Swiss movement manufacuture La Joux Perret. LJP produces parts, movements and complications for a huge list of watch companies such as Hublot, Panerai, Corum, Graham, Eberhard & Co. and many more. They are also renowned for their own brand, Arnold & Son. During the year of the 150th anniversary of Swiss – Japanese trade, Citizen has introduced the first true Swiss – Japanese hybrid.
In a day and age where movements are becoming increasingly difficult to obtain, watch companies need alternative movement manufactures in order to stop relying on Swatch Group owned ETA. Swatch Group has made it loud and clear over the years that they wish to reduce ( or more ultimately stop providing completely) ETA movements to companies outside of Swatch. One of the biggest hurdles in this is that ETA is the most commonly used movements in the Swiss watch industry. Sellita movements have become a great alternative to ETA for most watch brands, however, the one thing they still have to buy from Swatch is hairspring. The Swatch owned company Nivarox is the largest (near only) source right now for hairspring and there aren’t many other companies out there who provide it. Interestingly enough, other parts for Sellita are provided by La Joux Perret, and the tie with Citizen is where it gets really interesting. Citizen not only makes their own mechanical movements under the Miyota label in Japan, but they also manufacture their own hairspring. This could solve a lot of problems in the long run. Not only will there be options for using Citizen’s hairspring as an alternative to Nivarox, but I could also imagine that there will one day be technology for manufacturing the springs in Switzerland brought over from Citizen Japan. Basically, in my eyes, Citizen is pushing to prove they are tremendous competition for Swatch Group, which they truly are. It was over two years ago that Citizen not only obtained Prothor, but also loosely stated their plans to purchase other Swiss companies, challenge Swatch in a manufacturing sense, and to one day introduce a Swiss – Japanese hybrid.
To help elaborate on La Joux Perret’s manufacturing capabilities, it is important to discuss their brand & and Son. This is very innovative and highly skilled factory that manufactures these pieces. One of the most unique and interesting complications they have become renowned for is the True Beat (or Dead Beat) seconds hand. Essentially, this mechanical caliber is complex and a perfect example of Haute Horlogerie. The example above is A&S’s DSTB (Dial Side True Beat). This in-house self-winding caliber with 50 hour power reserve and rate of 28,800 bph does not express the typical 8 advancements of the second hand as most watches with this rate. Instead, the expression of seconds counting is done by having the second hand jump from second to second as you would see on a quartz, but is fully mechanical. The time (hours and minutes) is indicated at the small sub dial located in the 4-5:00 area, with the large True Beat seconds located between the 11-12:00 area. This truly impressive piece retails for around $50,000.
Another unique and impressive movement is their Time Pyramid movement. This skeletonized movement features twin barrels providing a 90 hour power reserve with dual power reserve display. The first barrel will basically wind the second, transferring the energy and showing so in the power reserve indicator. The gear train is formed in a pyramid shape, showing the balance at the very top, just under the 12:00. The Time Pyramid in steel is about $30,000 and about $40,000 in 18k red gold. Aside from these complications, they also make an array of tourbillons, double tourbillons, chronographs and more. The brand also has an incredibly rich history behind watchmaker John Arnold back in the 1700’s, and his good friend Abraham-Louis Breguet.
Getting back to the new Campanola Mechanical Collection, these new La Joux Perret movements are labeled as the Y513 caliber. These movements will feature self-winding plus hand winding, a 42 hour power reserve which is displayed at 6:00, a rate of 28,800 bph, 25 jewels and big date display at 12:00. There will be 2 models in the line up. The “old silver” dial on the NZ0000-58W with stainless steel case and bracelet and the black dialed NZ0000-07E on black crocodile leather. Both models will measure out at 42mm wide and 14mm thick (mostly due to the tremendously thick domed sapphire crystal with 99% clarity anti-reflective coating). The dials on these pieces will be extremely detailed and three dimensional. The process of electroforming is used in order to create the unique rippled and parchment paper look in each corresponding dial. The inspiration of “Space and above” is implemented on these dials, yet still feature a very classic look. The uniqueness of a Swiss manufactured movement assembled in Japan is reason enough to be intrigued by these timepieces, but the design will draw people in on its own. We are very excited to see this finally come to life as we have been anticipating it for nearly two years. We are sure this is not the last we will see of the new and unique relationship, and look forward to more compilations between 2 of the finest watch manufacturing countries, Switzerland and Japan.
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Casio was actually one of the 1st meetings we had here at Baselworld. As one of our strongest growing brands, we knew Casio would have some amazing new technology down the road, and this year is a perfect example! We are extremely proud to bring you… the new Basel releases for Casio.
1st, we introduce the new G-Shock Hybrid GPS!!! This new introduction will feature not only GPS capability with self-adjusting timezones, but also Multi-Band 6 (if in range of a tower), to get accuracy updates with less power consumption. That’s not all the new GPS Hybrid has. It is also solar powered, has 40 timezones, a 1/20th of a second chronograph (up to 24 minutes), countdown timer, daily alarm feature, and of course, is Triple G resist! All models will have sapphire crystal with AR coating, and be 56mm wide. The new module 5410 also has a full auto LED light (as well as Neo-Bright), airplane mode, and world time with 40 cities + UTC. This is some extremely exciting product from Casio!
Another impressive addition to the G-Shock line up is the new Gulfmaster. The GWN1000B-1B has a triple sensor that can measure azimuth, atmospheric pressure, altitude and temperature, and actually has the capability of letting you know when there has been a sudden change in pressure, allowing you to prepare for the change of weather. There are tons of other functions too, including a moon phase indicator, tide graph, compass, 1/100th of a second stop watch, world time, count down timer, and 5 alarms with optional hourly signal. On top of all that, the watch is tough solar, going up to 23 months in the dark before needing to be charged and has Casio’s Smart Access technology for ease of use. Estimated retail is $500 and the scheduled delivery is sometime in August.
In the Pro Trek line up, the new PRW6000y-1A will feature Smart Access technology, is solar powered, radio controlled, has compass, altimeter, barometer, temperature display, 1/100th of a second stop watch, count down timer, 5 alarms plus a hourly signal option, and if a sudden change in pressure occurs, will sound an alert for change in weather. This model will feature the new gen 3 sensors, the smallest and lowest power consuming sensor yet. Estimated retail will be $600, and delivery is scheduled for sometime in April.
Another exiting edition is a NEW Pro Trek Manaslu! The PRX7001GF-1 is both black and rose gold plated, giving a new look to the extremely popular technologically advanced analog A-B-C piece. The estimated retail is $2,100 and scheduled for July delivery.
They expanded the selection of Gravity Defier and will now be introduced in a new color scheme in the reference number GWA100R-4. Retail on this piece will be the same $650, and are estimated to arrive around June.
The navy series of limited edition Rangeman, Mudman and Frogman will be headed stateside. The series looks very impressive in person.
Two new additions to the wildly popular MT-G line up are in future. Both (as all MT-G’s) are going to be extremely limited. The MTGS1000D will be very similar to the regular stainless steel model, with red accents on the dial, and red resin lining the bracelet. The MTGS1000BS is going to be even more difficult to get as it is coming in to the US in extremely small increments. The distressed steel and yellow gold plated LE looks truly impressive, and of course will be in very high demand.
Edifice introduced a very impressive use of Bluetooth technology. Not only will the new EQB500 adjust the time according to your phone, but the Bluetooth is also utilized for recording lap time logs and many other functions. There is a lot more to come on this piece.
We saw a lot of other cool items at the Casio booth. Here’s some of the top tier Japanese domestic models. Not available to the states, but they are still very impressive!
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