Jaeger LeCoultre Master Ultra Thin Moon
As watch lovers, we often revere the provenance of brands whose history go back hundreds of years or even back to the 1700s. What is unusual is to find a retailer like Shreve, Crump & Low, started in 1796, that is older than the brands they carry (with the exception of Blancpain which originated in 1735 and Vacheron Constantin which originated in 1755).
Furthermore, there is a 24-hour chronograph with 1/20th of a second accuracy, a calendar with day and date indications, an AM/PM indicator subdial, low battery alert, Tough Solar charging system, and of course, the GPS and atomic clock radio signal synchronization. Displaying such an overwhelming amount of information without digital displays is certainly an impressive feat, which in turn requires a lot of text to be added to the dial.
When Hamilton introduced the new three-hand Hamilton Pan Europ watch collection for 2014, they made a point to ensure we paid attention to the NATO-style watch straps they developed for the set. "We are really proud of our NATO watch straps," was the message I got in advance of seeing them. I mean, while differences exist, NATO is NATO, right? Well, yes and no. As you may be aware, NATO-style watch straps are really "in" right now. The watch industry always needs some type of trend to rally behind, and the NATO strap trend is one they particularly like because they feel as though they didn't need to pull it out of a hat.
Casio calls it "the ultimate G-Shock," and in many ways the MRG-G1000 is just that. It is a high-end G-Shock that combines almost everything Casio has developed for the G-Shock watch collection up to 2014, and does so in a premium, high-end way. If Seiko has Grand Seiko, then Casio G-Shock has the MT-G and MR-G collection of high-end G-Shock watches. The 2014 MRG-G1000 is a rather amazing product for those who grew up with G-Shock watches and have "advanced" into more sophisticated timepieces. More so, as of 2014, Casio is finally taking some of its more exotic "go-anywhere, life-proof" watches outside of Japan, and finally making them available around the world. So let's see if the "Mr. G" Casio G-Shock MRG-G1000 has enough to get even the most skeptical of elite watch lovers excited.