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Tough elegance

Casio's new watches are a perfect fit for outdoor lovers.

Casio Frogman GWF-D1000.

Casio G-Shock MRG-G1000HT

Casio Pro Trek PRW-7000

Casio G-Shock MRG-G1000HT (S$8,888) - Those only faintly acquainted with G-Shock watches will be in for a shock when they get to know the MRG-G1000HT.

Many would have sniffed at G-Shock watches as cheap Japanese quartzs, which can be bought at most at a couple of hundred dollars each. Well, this one is expected to be retailed at S$8,888, almost what you would pay for some Rolex sports timepieces.

G-Shock MR-G watches are known for their extreme toughness and highly refined elegance. The MRG-G1000HT , a "special" limited edition of 300 pieces, has been created to celebrate the 20th birthday of the popular MR-G series, but that's not why it costs so much.

The MR-G collection has always been priced high because it's the top of the line of G-Shock watches, starting at S$3,000-4000 - some 30 times the prices of watches at the bottom of the G-Shock range.

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MR-G watches combine a sense of quality - evoked by finely finished titanium - with a distinctively solid feel, which convey its shock-resistant performance. The MRG-G1000HT boasts a brilliant finish, achieved using a traditional Japanese metal-hammering technique called tsuiki. The watch is the collaborative effort of Casio and Bijou Asano, a master tsuiki artisan. On a metal plate at 10 o'clock is engraved "20th Limited", which indicate that the watch is a 20th anniversary limited edition.

Like the MRG-G1000 model it is based on, the new MRG-G1000HT has an advanced timekeeping system that receives both Global Positioning System (GPS) satellite signals and radio wave time calibration signals. It also has Dual Dial World Time which tells the time of two cities simultaneously.

Casio Frogman GWF-D1000 (S$1,549) - This is the sixth in Casio's Frogman diver's watch series. Since the release of the first watch in 1992, each new Frogman thereafter has acquired a new feature - rust-resistant titanium materials, small form factor, solar power and capability to receive time calibration radio signals.

The GWF-D1000 takes a big step forward. It's equipped with three precision sensors for measuring water depth, temperature and compass bearing. "These sensors provide real-time measurement data to support underwater search and rescue activities," Casio says.

You can also tell from the tide graph on the watch the high and low tides. The log memory allows you to track diving activities such as dive time, maximum depth and lowest water temperature.

There's also an excessive ascent rate alarm that warns you against rising too fast in the water.

The new Frogman watch is made to last even longer, with a crystal made of scratch-resistant sapphire added to it. The wristband is strengthened with a carbon fibre insert.

Casio Pro Trek PRW-7000 (S$989, S$1,099 depending on features) The Pro Trek watches are made for people active in the mountains and other places in the great outdoors. They leverage Casio's sensor technology to measure different types of outdoor data. Pro Trek watches can deliver precise compass bearing, atmospheric pressure or altitude and temperature readings.

The new PRW-7000, which is water-resistant to 200 metres, features a compass bearing sensor with auto horizontal compensation. Its second hand and indicator hand display and make easy reading of various outdoor data.