Based on the 2020 GPHG-finalist MING 27.01, this new timepiece features a sapphire dial ( thicker than the brass dial of the 27.01) and a blue Clous-de-Paris guilloché ring around the periphery of the movement, without any increase in overall thickness.
In addition to the core elements of radial symmetry, legibility, the 0 marker and flared lugs, the MING 27.02 watch extends the smooth visual transitions beyond the case lines to the dial itself. The brand added a gradient to the lower surface of the sapphire dial and laser etched markers on the upper surface. This causes the guilloché to appear to fade not just in depth and spatial frequency but also saturation. It transitions from an inky black center to prominent guilloché at the edges and exhibits the trademark inversion under certain angles – with the markers appearing to float over a uniform mirror.
The MING 27.02 watch retains the 6.9mm total height (including crystals) of the 27.01. It also retained the ‘flying blade’ lugs machined from a monobloc stainless steel caseband and the 38×6.9mm proportions which give the watch solid wrist presence but versatile wearability.
The MING 27.02 houses Cal. MING 7001.M1, a heavily modified ETA Peseux 7001 hand-wound mechanical calibre. The bridges and plates are reworked by Manufacture Schwarz-Etienne in a configuration of the brand’s design: solid baseplate with maximal opening of upper bridges to put moving components on display.
Like its sibling, the 27.02 does not carry any luminous material. However, a contrasting mix of surfaces allows for exceptional legibility and a sensation of much greater physical depth than should be possible given the case thickness.
The variation in texture continues through the case: at the front, the lighter polished steel bezel transitions to blue Clous-de-Paris and then an inky black pool on the dial. On the sides, polished flying blades are offset against matte-blasted recesses and the rear echoes the front, with brushed steel and etched text surrounding a black movement.
MING continues its partnership with Manufacture Schwarz-Etienne for the production of the 27.02, Jean Rousseau Paris for the straps and Studio Koji Sato for travel pouches.
The MING 27.02 is available to order from 15 January 2021, exclusively from http://www.ming.watch. It is priced at CHF 4,950, with a total lifetime production of 200 watches. Deliveries are expected to begin in November 2021.
Hours and minutes
Case, dial & hands
38mm diameter, 6.9mm thickness
Stainless steel 316L
Mix of polished, brushed and blasted surfaces with ‘flying blade’ lugs
Sapphire crystal front and rear with double-sided antireflective coating
Gradient sapphire dial with laser etched and white-filled indices
Blue Clous-de-Paris ring with stamped guilloché
Rigid case without spacer rings
50m water resistance
20mm lug width
MING 7001.M1: heavily-modified ETA 7001 with new bridges and baseplate
Black chrome plated bridges and plates
~42h power reserve at full wind
Movement adjusted to five positions
Smooth calf blue-grey leather strap by Jean Rousseau Paris
20mm width, curved bars with quick release
Fitted with 2nd generation ‘flying blade’ stainless steel buckle
Leather travel pouch handmade in Kuala Lumpur by Studio Koji Sato
2-year limited mechanical warranty
Made in Switzerland
Pricing & deliveries
Total production limited to 200 watches
Deliveries expected to commence November 2021