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HODINKEE Radio Episode 67: HODINKEE Lands In Japan, Plus Ming Thein Of Ming Watches

Radio Episode 67: Lands In Japan, Plus Ming Thein Of Ming Watches

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As you likely definitely know, a week ago we launched HODINKEE Japan and I was fortunate enough to put in a couple of days in Tokyo to help get our first global release going. We hosted a couple of staggering launch occasions on Thursday and between the two I had the option to pull Ben, Eneuri, and Dave aside for a speedy account meeting so we could share our appearance on the day. The whole experience was dreamlike and you can hear it in our voices. We’d recently come out of a celebratory luncheon and were preparing to host an almost 200 man mixed drink party alongside our Japanese partners. It was wild start to finish and I’m happy we have it on tape for posterity.

Then we have a discussion that Jack and I had with Ming Thein, author of Ming watches. It was a chance to get some uncommon insight into what it resembles to begin a watch brand these days from an enthusiast point of view and how tough planning a genuine item can be. Presently, one thing I need to move before you tune in: We recorded this half a month prior to the 2019 GPHG, during an outing Ming took through the U.S. So when we talk about the GPHG, it’s about the brand’s assignment. He and his group would proceed to win the Horological Revelation prize for their 17.06 Copper model! It couldn’t happen to more pleasant folks and it was enjoyable to see them recognized for their hard work and quality contributions.

We hope you appreciate Episode 67 of HODINKEE Radio. Check out the show notes beneath and let us understand what you think in the comments.

Wrist Check

Ming folded into HODINKEE HQ with many watches (he was on the U.S. leg of a worldwide visit, all things considered), yet it was a couple of different pieces that caught our consideration. The initially was a 19.01 , which is the passage point into Ming’s higher-end scope of watches. On the off chance that you’ve never seen one of these face to face, you haven’t see it by any stretch of the imagination, frankly. The smoke sapphire dial, with its different layers and blue shading scheme is not normal for anything else I’ve seen. I truly like that Ming watches have their own plan language that helps through across the models, and keeping in mind that it draws on specific forerunners, it’s all its own in the end.

If the 19.01 is about straightforwardness and depth, the 17.06 Monolith is the polar opposite (as you might anticipate from the name). This watch has a passed out DLC case with a matte finish and the unmistakable shape that conveys across all Ming watches, and it has a high difference dial to match, with the while radiant track, numerals, and hands all contrasting a fine dark ground. Just 125 of these were created in the initially run and they’re for quite some time sold out.

Show Notes


HODINKEE Japan Is Officially Live


The HODINKEE Japan Launch Parties In Tokyo


Japan-Only Limited Edition Bulgari Octo Finissimo Automatic


HODINKEE Japan’s Masaharu Wada


HODINKEE Japan’s Yu Sekiguchi


Ming’s Blog


Ming Watches


Ming Thein


The Ming 17.01


TAG Heuer Monaco


Elliott Erwitt


Review: The Contax T3 By Ming Thein


Ming’s Ochs und Junior


The Ming 19.01




The Ming 19.02 Worldtimer


Girard-Perregaux Cosmos


Ghosts of the Tsunami: Death and Life in Japan’s Disaster Zone


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