Casio has unveiled cutting-edge time-sync technology at this year’s Baselworld exhibition, as well as a raft of new watches across its G-Shock, Edifice and Pro Trek brands.
The company has announced the next generation of its Connected Engine 3-Way module, which it claims delivers the world’s first three-way time-sync system. The system receives radio waves, GPS satellite time calibration signals and also uses the time server from a paired smartphone to keep accurate global time-keeping.
With technology that self-updates the watch’s internal data on daylight saving and time zones when paired with a smartphone, as well as a self-charging Tough Solar system, Casio claims the new module will deliver “even greater reliability and performance”.
This innovation is featured in the new MRG-G2000HT watch, a limited edition from the flagship G-Shock, Mr G series, launched at Baselworld. Only 500 of the timepieces have been produced, highlighted by a metal plate at the 10 o’clock position engraved with “2017 Limited”.
As well as the time-sync tech, the watch also has a handmade texture created using an ancient Japanese metal-hammering technique called tsuiki. Casio collaborated with Bihou Asano, a third generation master artisan of tsuiki, to create the watch. He also applied a kasumi-tsuchime patterned finish of overlapping hammered lines to the bezel and centre row of its band. The bezel and back case are finished in a deep indigo “Japan blue”.
Casio also launched a new addition to the aviation concept Gravitymaster series, which is part of the G-Shock line. The GPW-2000 also features the new Connected Engine 3-Way module, and has been designed to evoke the image of cockpit indicators. Latitude is displayed at the 9 and longitude in a small window at the 6. The watch also features a flight log function to record location and time data for display on a smartphone map.
It features a screw-free band instead using a fine resin shaft cover and fine resin parts reinforced with carbon fibre to secure the band, and it has been created to withstand “brutal environments” with Triple G Resist that protects from shock, centrifugal force and vibration.
Meanwhile, it has also unveiled the latest addition to the Edifice high performance series, designed with input from the Scuderia Toro Rosso F1 team. Inspired by motor sport, the Race Lap Chronograph EQB-800 also features Connected Engine technology for improved smartphone connectivity. It has a new sport-inspired design showed in the bold form of the watch case, “robust” index marks, and inset dials that mirror the look of an instrument panel.
It also features an inset dial at the nine o’clock position with a 3D hand that shows information such as the stopwatch, smartphone pairing and battery level. The hand also “powers up” like the movement of a car tachometer when a car engine starts. Stopwatch data can be uploaded to a paired smartphone.
Casio also launched two new additions to the G-Steel series – the GST-W300 and GST-W310 – both are available in five different styles that retain the traditional G-Steel metal finish. Both watches feature the same multi-dimensional design but have been reduced in size to slip easily under a shirt or jacket sleeve.
The new timepieces also feature Multi-Band 6 technology for receiving time-calibration signals from six stations around the world, and the Tough Solar system for recharging. Both also have a hand shift feature, which temporarily moves the hands out of the way at the touch of a button.
Finally, for outdoor enthusiasts Casio is launching the WSD-F20S, a limited version of the Pro-Trek Smart WSD-F20 watch. With only 500 made, it has a sapphire crystal and ion plating to give a premium feel. Like the original, it features a low-power GPD and colour map functionality that can be used off-line, enabling users to track their location.