In-Depth – The MING 19.01 With Exclusive Movement By Schwarz Etienne (With Live Photos)

In-Depth – The MING 19.01 With Exclusive Movement By Schwarz Etienne (With Live Photos)

A few months prior, we acquainted you with a pristine, Malaysian-based brand called MING and their debut watch, the MING 17.01 . Designed by celebrated watch picture taker Ming Thein, this break-out watch sold out very quickly (thanks in no little part to its US$900 sticker price.) Impressively, only a couple months later, Ming and his group have just disclosed their subsequent watch; the MING 19.01. With an extreme design, a Swiss Made movement and an additional zero on the sticker price, this new watch has definitely gotten the watch world talking. Peruse on for all the details.

MING X Schwarz Etienne

By method of a brisk boost for the individuals who missed all the publicity encompassing the primary MING watch, the brand’s maker and namesake, Ming Thein, is a notable commercial photographic artist situated in Malaysia. His customer list includes brands like Koenigsegg, Nissan, Maybank and the City of London. In the watch world, he’s worked with companies like Jaeger-LeCoultre, Van Cleef & Arpels, Maitres du Temps, Richemont and the Swatch Group.

Together with five other watch devotees from around the planet, he set up the MING brand, with the elevated objective of bringing back a feeling of fervor and revelation to watch gathering, while simultaneously making watches that are open to a wider crowd. The company’s first watch, the restricted creation MING 17.01, set an extremely high bar from a design and quality angle yet at a shockingly low cost, and sold out nearly instantly.

For their subsequent watch, MING has collaborated with truly outstanding, under-the-radar Swiss watch makers going around: Schwarz Etienne. Readers of MONOCHROME will no uncertainty be acquainted with this coordinated producer as of now, as we have expounded on them widely. On the off chance that you have some time, I would particularly recommend perusing Xavier’s basic article to the brand, just as the specialized viewpoints on hairsprings ( here and here .)

Established in 1902 by a couple group Paul Arthur Schwarz and Olga Etienne, the company was resuscitated during the 2000’s by businessman Raffaello Radicchi. From that point forward, it has started to deliver its own in-house movements in collaboration with its sister companies E20 developments (one of only a handful few producers of hairsprings in Switzerland) and TMH (Tradition Mécanique Horlogère).

The underlying idea was to create a modular group of types, consistently with a similar base, that would take into consideration the presentation of extra capacities. The primary type was the manual-wind, twin-barrel MSE (an exclusive variation of which controls the MING 19.01 – more on that in a second). This was trailed by the ASE (Automatic Schwarz Etienne), with a miniature rotor replacing one of the two barrels, and afterward the ISE (Irreversible Schwarz Etienne) with its miniature rotor and oscillator uncovered on the dial side. In 2016, the brand presented a development of the ISE, regulated by a flying tourbillon (TSE Tourbillon Schwarz Etienne), which highlights in the new La Chaux-de-Fonds Tourbillon Petite Seconde Retrograde watch .

The MING 19.01

Given the overwhelmingly sure response to the MING 17.01, I believe any reasonable person would agree the subsequent watch from the brand was pretty long awaited. In any case, I don’t know anybody expected what’s come straightaway. I want to say without embellishment that the design of the MING 19.01 is essentially not normal for some other time-just watch available. Regardless of whether it’s extreme look will interest all purchasers is another matter altogether, however one can’t resist the urge to applaud the MING group for opposing the compulsion to be traditionalist and follow a similar attempted and tried way as basically every other comparable brand.

The key central components laid out in the MING 17.01 are as yet present yet have all been taken one (or a few stages) further. The round case, with its mirror-cleaned and finely-brushed surfaces, is as yet made of grade 5 titanium, albeit now it is marginally larger and thicker at 39mm x 10.9mm (versus 38mm x 9.3mm). The greater part of this added thickness can be credited to the liberal utilization of sapphire on the two sides of the case, or as Ming so articulately describes it, “a flimsy titanium band holding the two deep-box sapphire gems together.” The particularly flared drags in the interim show up much more misrepresented (with some claiming they look excessively ‘sharp’ presently), and the crown has additionally gotten some extra attention.

The genuine masterpiece outwardly however, is, obviously, the graduated sapphire dial, something I don’t remember seeing on some other mechanical watch (if it’s not too much trouble, set me in the comments back on track – consistently glad to learn). As should be obvious, it is a deep murky blue in the middle before consistently becoming completely straightforward at the edges to permit a portion of the movement’s baseplate to be seen. It’s very striking truly, in spite of the fact that I can envision a few group dislike the lack of a customary dial with records, and so on I wouldn’t go far as to say decipherability is an issue, however this is definitely a watch you glance at to get a ‘sense’ of the time, instead of down to the specific moment. To assist with this, there is an external section ring of sorts which is separated into six 2-hour segments.

The design of the hands is similar to those on the MING 17.01, in any case, this time they are skeletonized and treated with Superluminova X1. There is additionally a murky ring inside the bezel, which has been loaded with Superluminova X1 as well, and this activities a delicate sparkle onto both the dial and the precious stone markings in low-light conditions. How this will function by and by as far as causing you read the time is less clear yet there’s no uncertainty the enhanced visualization is exceptionally cool. As a last tasteful touch, the ties for MING 19.01 are made by Jean Rosseau in Paris and hold the fast delivery system appeared in the first model.

The Movement

Turning the watch more than, a sapphire caseback uncovers the great Schwarz Ettiene movement inside. An adjusted variant of the manual-wind MSE made exclusively for MING, it is known as the MSE100.1. The two large barrels are obviously noticeable and combined they provide more than 100 hours of force save. There is no force save pointer to discuss except for the barrel covers have been skeletonized to give something of a visual marker of the condition of wind of the watch.

The movement engineering is marginally unique to the first and all the scaffolds have been skeletonized prior to accepting a two-tone anthracite beadblast. The anglage is very noteworthy and addresses the nature of Schwarz Ettiene’s work. The Schwarz-Etienne for MING Cal. MSE100.1 is made altogether in-house, including the hairspring, and has been tried in five distinct situations throughout a 250-hour test program.

In Summary

By now, I would be exceptionally shocked in the event that you hadn’t as of now at any rate heard murmurings about the new MING 19.01. In spite of the fact that it was just uncovered seven days prior, it’s now made a great deal of contentious conversations on the web, because of the critical difference between the evaluating of this new model and the first 17.01, which was a lot of an ‘section level’ watch. The thinking behind this is that the MING 19.01 is the flagship watch of the MING brand and has been designed, made and subsequently evaluated accordingly. Ming himself, explains it thus;

… the 17.01 was designed to be a fair watch that brought a great deal of the highlights esteemed by gatherers to a more available value point, [but] the fact of the matter is there were a ton of things I needed to do that I basically couldn’t on account of creation cost limitations. This isn’t the situation with the 19.01, which was designed without compromises and to be something exceptional in a world that is now got a great deal of uncommon watches.

It’s a fascinating move most definitely and one that I accept is spurred by a real enthusiasm and desire to accomplish something else, while delivering genuine incentive simultaneously. Simultaneously, the MING 19.01 will be at first offered at a pre-order cost of CHF 6,800 up until the 31st of December 2017 and afterward CHF 7,900 from that point, which places it in direct competition for certain significant names and models. There’s no uncertainty that is a major slope to climb and yet, I do accept, similar to the MING 17.01 before it, the genuine worth of this latest model will be found in the better details. Also the reality it offers a restrictive assembling movement that is ready for adjustment in future models.

Whether enough clients will feel a similar route stays not yet clear however once more, I can’t resist the urge to appreciate Ming and his group for their readiness to blaze their own way and attempt to make something genuinely unique. Whatever it costs. Available to pre-order presently, kindly visit ming.watch for more information.


Technical Specifications –  MING 19.01

  • Case: 39mm distance across – grade 5 titanium, cleaned and brushed – sapphire gem on the two sides – inflexible case without spacer rings – water impervious to 50m.
  • Movement: Schwarz-Etienne for MING Cal. MSE100.1 – hand-wound – 100-hour power save – time-only.
  • Strap: 2x calf calfskin ties by Jean Rosseau, Paris, with speedy delivery bars
  • Reference: 19.01
  • Price: CHF 6,800 (pre-order before 31 Dec 2017) – CHF 7,900 thereafter