It’s nearly sure that in some unspecified time in the future when carrying the brand new Casio G-Shock MTG-B2000XMG, somebody will ask you what it’s fabricated from. Such queries ought to come as no shock, as at a look, it’s fairly laborious to work out what materials has been used to assemble the multicolored, layered, and utterly distinctive — sure, actually — bezel.

Is it wooden? Rock? Something else completely? This is simply a part of this restricted version’s attraction, so let’s take a a lot nearer look.

What’s it fabricated from?

No, the bezel shouldn’t be comprised of wooden or rock. It’s truly layered, laminated carbon and glass fiber, and the end on every one is exclusive. No two watches can have precisely the identical circulation of traces, coloration, or look. The impact isn’t solely on the highest aspect both, and it extends over the aspect of the bezel, serving to to additional the impression that it’s fabricated from a pure materials that has taken on this look over time.

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It’s genuinely stunning to have a look at, with the design and shade scheme impressed by the Rainbow Mountain in Peru. The colours are complemented by these used on the dial, the metalwork, and even the strap. Made from resin, the snug strap has a touch of blue operating via it, and is mushy and pliable sufficient to be wearable all day. The screws holding the bezel in place, the buttons, and the crown are all ion-plated, with a refined end to catch the sunshine.

The MTG — which stands for Metal Twisted G-Shock — collection consists of Casio’s high fashions within the G-Shock vary, outdoors of the very costly and intensely restricted MRG vary. This is mirrored in not solely the supplies used, but in addition options like sapphire crystal over the dial, together with consideration to element just like the textured blue hour markers.

Close up of the G Shock MTG B2000XMG's dial.Andy Boxall/Digital Trends

It additionally adheres to Casio’s strict toughness mandate, assembly necessities for its Triple G Resist stamp of approval, which means it’ll face up to shock, vibration, and centrifugal pressure. The watch can be waterproof to 200 meters. It makes use of a powerful Carbon Core Guard monocoque to maintain all of the essential technical elements protected, one other differentiator fromthe all-metal MTG-B1000 fashions.

What’s it prefer to put on?

It’s a G-Shock, so don’t anticipate it to be small. The 55mm extensive case can be 15.9mm thick, so it’s not the best factor to cover underneath a cuff, however that’s not likely the purpose. This is a watch that makes an announcement. It’s lined in sharp angles, the buttons are massive and the crown even larger. It’s very laborious to overlook in your wrist, particularly with the eye-catching colours. The MTG-B1000 is extra refined (comparatively), as a result of spherical bezel and case.

The G Shock MTG B2000XMG from the side on a wrist.Andy Boxall/Digital Trends

The strap on the MTG-B2000XMG is fabricated from resin and may be very mushy, rather more so than the resin one on my MTG-B1000, and that helps it type round your wrist extra naturally. However, it’s a heavy watch at 121 grams and you’ll discover it at nearly all instances. That’s effective, although, as just about everybody else will do the identical.

How in regards to the expertise?

The MTG-B2000XMG makes use of Casio’s wonderful photo voltaic charging to maintain the watch working and to energy its Bluetooth connection along with your smartphone. To allow this, you want Casio’s G-Shock Connected app, and as soon as linked, it takes away the annoyance of making an attempt to set the native time, world time, and stopwatch utilizing the buttons. These options are both enabled mechanically or with just a few button faucets within the app.

Upon connection — which takes only a few seconds — the app runs a brief system verify, ensuring the native time is appropriate, checking the battery energy and photo voltaic charging standing, and making certain the arms are aligned accurately. I’d prefer to see this on all linked G-Shock watches. There aren’t any everlasting linked options on the watch, so that you don’t need to preserve it linked to your telephone, and it doesn’t ship notifications to the watch.

The MTG-B2000XMG has Casio’s Multi-Band 6 function that checks the native time mechanically utilizing radio stations around the globe and adjusts it if mandatory. It’s a useful function when touring, because the time typically modifications earlier than you even get to the app.

G Shock MTG B2000XMG clasp and keeper.

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Close up of the G Shock MTG B2000XMG's dial.

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Close up of the G Shock MTG B2000XMG's buttons.

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This isn’t a smartwatch, so don’t anticipate it to rival the Apple Watch, neither is it on the high finish of Casio’s Connected watch scale. It doesn’t depend steps like some fashions, or have particular options just like the GWF-A1000 Frogman’s tide graph and knowledge. The linked function makes normal operation less complicated and simpler, and also you don’t need to study and keep in mind an advanced sequence of button presses to regulate the world time.

Worth shopping for?

Like all watches, whether or not you purchase it or not will come down to simply how a lot you just like the fashion. I feel it seems to be nice, with a really uncommon bezel end, the individuality we crave when shopping for a luxurious watch, and an eye catching shade scheme. It additionally has simply the correct quantity of expertise inside. You definitely gained’t be dissatisfied with the supplies, fashion, and construct high quality when you do resolve to purchase the MTG-B2000XMG.

G Shock MTG B2000XMG on a wrist.Andy Boxall/Digital Trends

On the opposite hand, when you’re prepared to spend at the least $1,150 on a high-end restricted version G-Shock, it’s laborious to disregard the completely beautiful, sci-fi-inspired GMW-B5000TVA as a substitute — when you can nonetheless discover one, that’s. Also, in order for you a smartwatch, this gained’t scratch that itch, however when you do find yourself with each a conventional watch and a smartwatch, I’m an advocate of double-wristing.

The G-Shock MTG-B2000XMG has been introduced for the U.S., the U.Okay., and Asia, and it’ll be launched round mid-December. The worth has been set at $1,150, or 1,000 British kilos, which places it on the greater finish of G-Shock’s extra luxurious fashions, however not fairly on the heights of its high limited-edition fashions. It’s about $150 greater than you’ll pay for the standard MTG-B2000 with a bracelet.

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