Ming is an independent watch brand based out of Kuala Lumpur and was founded by Ming Thein. He also functions as the chief designer. His career spans from consulting to commercial photography, but he is not a watchmaker. That is sometimes what’s needed to create something truly new and unique in a very old and conservative industry.
Design and Watch Specifications
Steel, 38mm x 10mmx 44.5mm case, mosaic dial, leather strap
The Ming 37.07 comes five years after the original Ming 17.01. Like all Ming watches the design is distinctive, recognizable with rather simple dial designs, not in intricacy, but as a general design philosophy. Nothing is ever overladen with elements. In other words, Ming watches have “style”.
The star of the show is the latest mosaic dial that has been created with multiple layers of sapphire on top of a brass dial. Ming even sprinkles in some lume to create a gradient effect. It’s an amalgamation of all signature designs applied by Ming so far and certainly something you would keep looking at, assuming you get this watch on your wrist. The rest of the watch is Ming through and through with a 38mm diameter, 44.5mm lug to lug, and 10.0mm thickness.
Handwound, Sellita SW210 base with Ming’s modifications, 40 hours power reserve, 4Hz
Ming often uses simple, workhorse movements but changes many parts and decorates them like there is no holding back. This time, the movement is based on the standard hand-wound Sellita SW210.M1 but features skeletonized bridges in dark grey. with rhodium brushing and some slight polishing. It looks industrial, complicated, and very open. It’s very nice to look at, am glad it features a transparent case back to see it working.
The movement has a power reserve of 40 hours and beats at 28,800 vph,
Price & Availability
CHF 3,250, limited orders to two 15-minute windows on 29 July 2022, 50% deposit required
Charging customers 50% in advance and then delivering watches a year later, is quite something. Ming basically finances their entire production costs, R&D, etc in advance via an interest-free loan from their customers. Not a bad thing, customers seem to like it and it might even weed out most of the flippers, who don’t want to tie up capital for a year… Anyhow – I guess it’s something we will see more often in the future. It’s NOT a limited edition BUT there are only two 15-minute “windows” to order this watch on 29 July 2022. The deposit is 50% and it’s nonrefundable, however, regardless of how many watches are ordered, if you get through, you are guaranteed one. It might happen though that deliveries run into the end of 2023 then….. The total price of the watch is CHF 3,250.
Besides the controversial selling model and some issues with customer service in the past, there is no denying that Ming watches are beautiful, well-designed, and desirable. Most of them sell for way higher than the retail price on the secondary market. So usually there is quite a run on every new model. Would I get one? No. 38mm is in general not my cup of tea and while I appreciate the design, it’s not for me. However – we wish Ming the best of luck with their latest model and hope it will be a raging success.
Ralf aka koolpep lives and works in Dubai, UAE.
If he is not travelling for work or on Safari in Africa, or on a race track, he loves to talk and collect watches and deep dives into the audiophile headphone abyss.