I recently got to attend a short session meet and greet with MING founders
Ming Thein and Kin-meng Chan. Attendees were shown some of the latest offerings from the brand such as the MING 20.11 Mosaic, MING 20.01 s2 Chronograph, MING 37.05 Moonphase, MING 37.07 Mosaic and the most recent MING 37.04 Monopusher.
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From L->R: MING 37.07 Mosaic, MING 20.01 s2 Chronograph, MING 37.05 Moonphase & MING 20.11 Mosaic.
The Mosaic Syndicate – MING 37.07, MING 20.01 s2 and MING 20.11
The entire lineup for MING x NYC 2022 – MING 37.05 Moonphase, MING 20.01 s2 Chronograph, MING 20.11 Mosaic, MING 37.04 Monopusher and MING 37.07 Mosaic.
Something for everybody – Sellita, Schwarz Etienne, Agenhor & a very special Techniques horlogères Appliquées (THA) design, rejuvenated by MING and La-Joux Perret.
ming watches moonphase mosaic monopusher special projects cave 20.11 20.01 37.05 37.07 37.04 Perhaps the most poorly photographed lumeshots in MING history. But I blame my camera and not myself.
MING 20.11 Mosaic
The 20.11 Mosaic was my cellphone wallpaper for the last 10 months. I’ve been in love with this watch since it was announced and finally seeing one in person was an absolute treat. If you haven’t read Ming Thein’s blogpost [ dial, hands] on the extremely involved manufacturing process, I highly recommend you do.
The Schwarz-Etienne for MING Cal. ASE200.2 based on Schwarz Etienne’s ASE200 movement. As with most MING watches, this movement gets the space age bridge treatment.
The 20.11 is a big watch, but the lug-to-lug width helps this 42mm case sit nicely on the wrist.
MING 37.05 Moonphase
The Series 37 is the next step in the evolution of the 17 Series family, combining elements from 17.XX and 27.XX, but of course moving towards a new direction with a bezel-less design that helps this watch appear larger than its 17 and 27 series predecessors.
The 37.05 Moonphase appears to wear a bit larger than the 17 and 27 series, even though they are both 38mm in diameter. My wrist and I welcome the added ‘perceived size’. This movement gets the same space-age treatment as it’s 27.01/27.02 predecessor. These might just be the most heavily reworked Sellita movements out there today.
A size comparison – 42mm MING 20.11 Mosaic on the left, and 38mm MING 37.05 Moonphase on the right.
MING 20.01 s2 Chronograph
The 20.01 s2 gets a different Mosaic treatment compared to the 20.11, and the differences are discussed in this blogpost if you’re a nerd. And if you’re reading this, you probably are a nerd.
The MING 20.01 s2 is the concept sports car that gets to show off every bit of design and engineering the brand has to offer. It manages to combine all current MING design elements into a cohesive package, and the final cherry on top happens to be one of the most capable Chronograph movements created in a very long time, the Agenhor Agengraphe.
The incredible Agenhor for MING Agengraphe Cal. 6361.M1 is based on the Agengraphe caliber created by Jean-Marc Wiederrecht and the team at Agenhor. This photograph does not do this movement justice.
MING 37.07 Mosaic
Unfortunately these are the only two photographs I managed to take of the MING 37.07 Mosaic. While the MING 20.11 Mosaic is my true mosaic love, I have to give credit to MING for being able to deliver a similar aesthetic at less than 25% of the price. The Mosaic here is achieved using a different (more straightforward) technique with more luminous elements, and the movement has the same base Sellita architecture as the MING 37.05 Moonphase.
MING 37.04 Monopusher
The MING 37.04 Monopusher is the latest addition to the MING family, and is built around their 37 Series case platform. The dial combines a guilloche base (manufactured by Kari Voutilainen‘s Comblemine, of course) and a sapphire layer with tachymeter and pulsometer scales. The most interesting aspect for me was the luminous ring etched into the curved sapphire crystal that adds a unique 3D depth to the viewing experience.
This movement was originally designed by FP Journe, Vianney Halter and Denis Flageollet during their time at Techniques horlogères Appliquées (THA). This movement is a bit of a legend, and has turned the Cartier Tortue Monopoussoir CPCP into a highly sought after timepiece. MING has managed to source enough movements to release a batch of 100 of these watches, with the movements getting a complete makeover, where finishing and design are concerned. The makeover was done in collaboration with La-Joux Perret, and the movement is being called the LJP5000.M1.
Thanks for reading/looking, and thanks to
Ming Thein and Kin-meng Chan for being excellent hosts.