Ming watches unveiled a new version of its thinnest wristwatch today — featuring the same aesthetic as all of its past timepieces.
Instantly recognizable, the Ming 27.02 case measures 38 mm x 6.9 mm and is machined from a single piece of stainless steel. Flared “flying blade” lugs, hollowed case flanks and lugs, and a zero marker at 12 stand out as the signature design elements that help this young company stand out in an overly crowded market.
The dial is made of sapphire crystal and has a gradient underneath, with laser-etched hour markers on the top side, with the MING logo ingeniously etched at 3 o’clock in place of the usual hour marker. A Clous-de-Paris guilloché-work motif surrounds the perimeter of the dial. Skeleton hour and minute hands indicate the time, with no seconds or date display, or really any other clutter.
Driving the time only functions is a manually wound ETA Peseux 7001 that’s been reworked by Schwarz-Etienne for Ming with new bridges and baseplate that have what the company refers to as black chrome plating (although it looks more matte than chrome in photos). Each movement is adjusted in five positions to ensure high precision. The power reserve remains at 42-hours.
Each Swiss-made watch is paired with a smooth 20 mm wide (tapered) calf blue-grey leather strap by Jean Rousseau Paris with curved quick-release spring bars and a leather travel pouch handmade in Kuala Lumpur by Studio Koji Sato. Limited to 200 pieces. Deliveries are set to begin in November 2021. Retail is $4,950.