Ming 17.01 Watch Review & Interview With Ming Thein
MING is a recently shaped horological aggregate that just delivered their presentation watch, the 17.01. The MING 17.01 is a watch with exemplary extents yet current plan. Be that as it may, before we take a gander at the watch, some setting on the brand is necessary.
The perceptive peruser would have seen the utilization of the word ‘aggregate’ which is the way MING brands itself. Composed of and altogether financed by watch authorities, MING has a couple of novel differentiators from the other new players we’ve seen as of late. Initially, there is the name – Ming is the name of planner and head, Ming Thein . Ming has had a differed yet long history in watches, from doing plan and specialized counseling work for a portion of the different huge brands in the mid 2000s to being one of the top watch picture takers in the mid 2010s, lastly to possessing a varied assortment of watches which incorporates some custom commissions .
If you go to the rear of a JLC index from 2013-2014 or take a gander at a portion of the pictures for Speake Marin, Maitres du Temps, and different free thinkers, you’ll see Ming’s work. As of late, he has likewise settled a name for himself as a picture taker and senior leader at a camera company in his extra time. Do the trick to state, the brand is inseparably connected to the man – nonetheless, this is as yet a collaboration and I’m informed that different accomplices are totally prepared watch authorities themselves. I’ve been informed that this is the very gathering of authorities that are financing the brand, prompting the moderately bizarre yet welcome circumstance for a startup (and in the business itself) where there’s zero hole between the declaration of a watch and accessibility of stock. For the more inquisitive perusers, the brand likewise has an interesting Q&A segment on their site with a greater amount of their story.
Let’s start with the main part of the MING 17.01 watch, the plan. The dial is multi-layered with the Arabic numerals seeming to glide. This was accomplished with the utilization of a sapphire precious stone doughnut. The image above should help represent this better however basically, you have your base dial produced using metal, sunburst completed, and afterward anodized to the necessary tone. The focal part is printed with the spiraling fractal example and afterward a sapphire doughnut is put over the external segment of the dial. The hour markers and inward ring are imprinted on this doughnut. All that can be expected consider is a sandwich dial. The impact of the sapphire doughnut is evident when you have solid, directional light when the whole ring and markers seem to skim on the outside of the dial and give it a dreamlike appearance.
It does be that as it may, set aside some effort to see the skimming numbers, on the grounds that the example in the center will in general get everyone’s attention. Take a gander at the watch dead on in the shade and all you see is a record dark dial, yet in the sun or at a point, the dial begins to take on various characters. Some of you may review from my Seiko Samurai survey, that an intelligent dial is a colossal interest for me and the dial of the MING 17.01 helps me to remember the Jaeger LeCoultre Reverso Latitude. Proceeding with this play on light and differentiations are the hands, which are kind of dauphine-formed, straightforward, white in shading, and offer incredible legibility.
Being a two-hander, there is no running seconds, which I suspect is something worth being thankful for on the grounds that I can’t envision how you’d plan a seconds hand that is firm with the remainder of the plan and it’d most likely hinder appreciating the remainder of the dial. On the off chance that you take a gander at my picture above, you’ll see a decent touch with the watch where the hour hand really sits at a similar degree of the sapphire doughnut with the tip finishing directly as the doughnut starts. This makes the rehaut show up much shallower and the moment hand obviously, sits on top of the doughnut and is measured fittingly. A fascinating visual component of the watch, is the means by which the two hands consistently appear to keep up visual equilibrium. I was at first anticipating that the watch should be too plain or imbalanced when two hands were in a similar quadrant yet this doesn’t appear to be the situation in practice.
A most loved plan component of the dial, as far as I might be concerned, is the situation of the brand name. I’ve lost tally of the occasions I’ve bemoaned the choice by watch fabricates who stick their image name or logo smack in the center of an all around completed and finished guilloche dial and ruin it. On account of the 17.01, MING has decided to have this in an essentially more modest text dimension and coordinated into the internal track at 6 o’clock. It accomplishes its work of marking the watch without resembling an eyesore.
The other remarkable component of the watch, after the dial, is the situation – both plan and material. You will have seen the erupted carries, which I’m told will be an element of future models also. This is one of those more dangerous plan moves I discussed before, however one that I find engaging. On the wrist, the flare isn’t outrageous to such an extent that it looks gimmicky, instead it loans the watch a special look from far off dependent on a portion of the comments I’ve gotten. The case is machined from titanium and is suggestive of A. Lange & Söhne’s three-section development comprising of a cleaned bezel and carry top, brushed case band, and roundabout swept back held set up by six screws. It has a level sapphire gem that sits flush with the case band and I find that the single AR covering and absence of arch function admirably to decrease reflections.
Considering the degree of completing accomplished, I’m astounded they decided to utilize titanium for the case as it is more enthusiastically to clean and complete well – particularly at this value point. With an element of 38mm wide and 9.3mm thick in titanium, this watch is exceptionally light to where when I initially put it on, I could’ve sworn the ties gauged more. It wears bigger on the wrist and with a 7″ wrist, I found the size was simply pleasant and with the two-gave format, the MING 17.01 functions admirably as a day by day wear dress watch. Be that as it may, the dial keeps things adequately fascinating to combine it with more easygoing outfits too.
The crown is ergonomic and winding the development is a pleasant encounter – a significant component considering you’ll need to do it every morning. The crown isn’t screw down, yet is triple-gasketed to guarantee the watch can accomplish a 100m water obstruction rating. An odd element, and one I haven’t experienced previously, is the case being loaded up with nitrogen during gathering. Evidently, this assists limit any danger of dampness entering the watch during gathering and causing harm as time goes on. I don’t know how critical this component is and as you would envision, it’s hard (potentially difficult) to verify.
The case back is engraved with the brand name, reference number, chronic number, water obstruction rating, and the words “Swiss” and “Gr. 5 Titanium.” It is fascinating to see a brand select not to have the “Swiss” or “Swiss Made” descriptor on the dial, yet working on it back all things being equal. My agreement is that they picked to utilize the best creation accomplices they approached, which were normally Swiss based substances, yet a few components are from Asia and Switzerland, with developments sourced from and last get together in Switzerland. While they will keep on utilizing the Swiss Made descriptor where appropriate, this isn’t being utilized as a prop to sell watches and is to a greater degree a “right apparatus for the correct work” approach. Indeed, even their guarantee card plainly states “Planned in Malaysia, Made in Switzerland.”
The watch is fueled by a Sellita 210-1, an option in contrast to the ETA 2801-1. The utilization of Sellita over ETA comes as meager shock given the absence of accessibility of ETA developments to non-Swatch produces. The manual-wind development decision is generally nostalgic yet in addition viable – a Sellita 200-1 (ETA 2824) or 300-1 (ETA 2892) would have expanded the thickness of the watch by a millimeter or two and compromised the thin look. Moreover, a hand-wound development has the advantage of making the watch intuitive. The Sellita 210-1 is an advanced workhorse beating at 28,800bph and with 42 hours of intensity save. It is hearty, dependable, and simple to support, immeasurably significant contemplations for individuals wanting to help another brand. As I would see it, this is the development I would expect at a watch in this cost section – any lower in cost and we’d be taking a gander at a Seiko or Miyota and any higher, I’d anticipate a Soprod or Peseux.
Before I wrap up my musings on the MING 17.01, a couple of notes about the bundling and lashes. The watch ships with three bended end calfskin lashes. Bended end ties will in general be uncommon when all is said in done, yet this is the first occasion when I’ve seen a bended end lash that is likewise fast delivery. As much as I appreciate the look that a bended end tie loans a watch, I’ve generally discovered tie changes to be a bad dream, which is not true anymore with the brisk delivery pins. Fortunately, each tie comes fitted with its own clasp so changing lashes truly is a brisk cycle. The ties themselves are very much made and have a great deal of cushioning. They’re very solid out of the crate yet there is a little note incorporated that cautioned me to roll the ties for a touch prior to putting it on and that helped a great deal. While the rolling might be somewhat monotonous the first run through, the cushioning implies that these ties should keep going for in excess of a couple of months with consistent wear.
The tang clasp is a basic plan, however one of the better ones as it doesn’t put excessive weight on the lash and looks intended to limit wear, which is an irritated point with customary tang clasps. A wonderful amazement was the guarantee card which is essentially a thick bit of Visa estimated steel with the dial design laser scratched on one side and the applicable data on the other. The card isn’t imagined or referenced in their press bundle or site however established enough of a connection that I needed to bring it up. The watch itself is vacuum stuffed and sends in a movement pocket with the ties and card in a straightforward wooden box.
As amazing as my involvement in the MING 17.01 has been, there are a couple of territories I’d prefer to see improved in future models. Right off the bat, the number 7 on the dial looks a gnawed off from the start and can be a minor disturbance on occasion. While I comprehend why it’s planned that way, I trust they can locate a superior method to fuse it. The other is lume. The press bundle and site don’t specify lume anyplace so I wasn’t anticipating any however there is some lume on the hands yet it isn’t incredible and I truly figure this watch would look fabulous around evening time with some Super-LumiNova X1 on it. The other zone of issue I can consider for others is the daintiness. I for one appreciate the softness that the titanium manages the cost of me, particularly following a couple of long periods of wear once the lash suits perfectly. In any case, this may not be as everybody would prefer. Given that the brand has future watches arranged, maybe they’ll make a comparable contribution in steel for individuals who incline toward some weight to their timepieces.
Speaking of future watches, I was informed that the following one is well into prototyping at this stage and is an expansion to the line. The 17.01 is a restricted run model with 150 pieces each in the blue and anthracite dials (300 aggregate), and keeping in mind that there will most likely be replacements later on, these dial variations won’t be rehashed. I additionally have a blue dial on hand however couldn’t get it so as to get pictures, so I’ve incorporated a picture (toward the start of this article) provided by the brand. By and large, I’m very glad and intrigued with this introduction offering. The watch gets something novel terms of plan to the table however hasn’t compromised on the quality one would expect at this cost. Energetically recommended for somebody searching for a moderate, rich yet fun watch that is all around assembled and simple to keep up. We are told the initial 150 of the 300-piece run have sold out, with the leftover 150 set to deliver toward the beginning of September – however there is a holding up rundown. The MING 17.01 in evaluation 5 titanium is accessible online for $900, which is a mind boggling incentive, and boats with three calfskin lashes, pocket, and an introduction box. ming.watch
>Model: 17.01 Anthracite Gray Dial
>Size: 38mm x 9.3mm
>Would commentator by and by wear it: Absolutely! As of now do.
>Friend we’d recommend it to first: Watch gatherer searching for a remarkable, exquisite and fun stylish with strong, reliable watchmaking to back it up.
>Best normal for watch: The enthusiastic dial and superbly light titanium case.
>Worst normal for watch: Quality of the lume and the number 7 on the dial.