Casio releases the last timepiece for its Global Time Sync Collection: MTG-G1000D
We speak to Tatsuya Izaki, Section Manager of the Product Planning Department in Casio’s Timepiece Division.
BY Wayne Cheong | Mar 2, 2016 | Interview
ESQUIRE: Let’s talk about the tech of the MTG-G1000D.
TATSUYA IZAKI: Well, this GPS hybrid system was established two years ago, and in order to advance it, we needed a dual coil motor. In combination, we now offer users an operation that is easier and quicker.
ESQ: Could you explain why the dual coil motor is better than your average single coil motor?
TI: A single coil motor moves the hands clockwise, but with a second coil motor, the hands can rotate either clockwise or anti-clockwise. That is the benefit. It’s quicker.
ESQ: Given that there’s only so much space to fit two coil motors, instead of one, does that make the casing bigger?
TI: Slightly, but we have one of the smallest GPS modules. It can fit into the dimensions of half a regular postage stamp.
ESQ: How does the MTG-G1000D compare with other GPS watches like the Seiko Astron or Solar?
TI: Our GPS function can also accurately receive location information as well as the correct time information. For example, there are two time zones within Australia; with other GPS-equipped watches, the same time is still shown even after the wearer has crossed from one time zone to the next. The reason is that other GPS-equipped watches look at geographical continents, so they treat the whole of Australia as one time zone. Our watch gives a more accurate GPS triangulation, which, in turn, means more meticulous timing.
ESQ: If a watch can receive information about time and location, can it send back data too? For example, like a search and rescue scenario where you can pinpoint my location via my watch.
TI: That’s a very interesting question, but so far, our watch has the receive function only. In order to make it a reality, we would need the approval of certain countries because we’re dealing with radio waves. We would also have to consider the energy consumption.
ESQ: What other developments are you working on?
TI: Our focus for G-Shock will always be on making our timepieces tough, and in fact, we’ve been in communication with NASA and JAXA (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency). These organisations are asking if we can create a G-Shock for astronauts.
ESQ: We’ve heard rumours of a smartwatch.
TI: Ah, we’ve received a lot of questions about this. We are the only company to have manufactured both watches and smartphones like the Casio G’zOne Commando. It’s an Android smartphone that is only sold in Japan and the United States. Thus, we’re well versed in both techs.
A watch should be wearable, fashionable and waterproof, and have an acceptable battery life. When it comes to smartwatches in general, the key denominating factor is factory life, durability and waterproofness, because none of the other watches—smartwatches, in particular—are able to do that right now. Those are the challenges, and we’re doing R&D on it. *
ESQ: That’s a high bar for you guys to clear.
TI: We’ll get there.
* Casio showcased its first smartwatch for the outdoors at the recent Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. Dubbed the Smart Outdoor Watch WSD-F10, it runs on an Android OS and is military-standard compliant.
First published in Esquire Singapore’s March 2016 issue.