Introduced in November 2017, the model 19.01 is the second timepiece from MING.
This timepiece carries and further refines the MING design DNA. All of the elements from the brand’s first creation (Model 17.01) are present, but have been taken a step further by challenging the boundaries of transparency and skeletonization.
Sapphire is extensively used in the case construction, and the easy to wind crown and distinctive flared lugs from the 17.01 are retained but gain additional sculpting; the ring motifs remain, and axial symmetry is preserved.
The 19.01 watch was designed by Ming Thein in Kuala Lumpur; serialized and assembled by Manufacture Schwarz-Etienne in La Chaux-de-Fonds. The straps are constructed by Jean Rosseau in Paris and the travel pouch is handmade in Kuala Lumpur by local leather artisans Thirtyfour Bespoke.
The watch houses the Schwarz-Etienne MSE100.1 movement, a Swiss made caliber which features double barrels running in parallel for >100h power reserve, a hacking function, skeletonized bridges with matte anglage and two different anthracite tones for bridges and mainplate. The barrel covers have also been skeletonized to allow the owner to easily determine the state of wind of the watch.
This is an aesthetically beautiful movement with a very traditional layout yet modern design and modular construction that opens easy possibilities for future variants. It is also adjusted to five positions; all components including the hairspring are made in-house by Schwarz-Etienne.
The 19.01’s case – in reality a thin titanium band holding the two deep-box sapphire crystals together – is made from grade 5 titanium with a mixture of mirror-polished and finely brushed surfaces. It is once again constructed without a spacer ring for maximum rigidity.
The dial is where the 19.01 is truly unique: made of sapphire, the brand used a unique lacquer process to achieve a deep opaque blue in the center, and fully transparent edges to allow some of the movement’s baseplate to be seen. It also has the deep reflective lustre reminiscent of enamel.
Both external sapphire crystals carry double antireflective coatings inside and out. Hands are skeletonized and loaded with Superluminova X1, along with the ring inside the bezel that projects a soft glow onto both dial and crystal markings.
Model: MING 19.01
39mm diameter, 10.9mm thickness, grade 5 titanium
Double box sapphire crystal with double antireflective coating
Rigid case without spacer rings
Polished bezel and lugs; finely brushed caseband
50m water resistance
20mm lug width
Sapphire dial, radial gradient from opaque deep blue to transparent
Chapter ring, logo and rear markings laser-etched into the sapphire crystals
Hands and dial ring with Superluminova X1 fill
Time only, hours and minutes
Schwarz-Etienne for MING Cal. MSE100.1
Partial skeletonization with anthracite bead blasted bridges and anglage
Hacking (stop-seconds function)
100 hour power reserve at full wind
Movement adjusted to five positions with a 250-hour test program
20mm width, curved bars with quick release
Includes 2x calf leather straps by Jean Rosseau, Paris, with quick release and stainless steel buckles
Will fit 160-210mm wrist circumference
Signed pin buckle in stainless steel
Handmade veg tanned natural leather by Thirtyfour Bespoke, Kuala Lumpur
1-year warranty against defects
Made in Switzerland
Approximately CHF 7,900