MING’s 37.05 is an alluring mechanical moon phase watch. Made of stainless steel, it comes with a multi-layered sapphire dial. The apertures for date and moon lie in the lower layer dial, which is metal, textured and carries a midnight blue to black gradient reminiscent of the night sky, with a seamless sapphire dial above that carries the hour indices (laser etched, and filled with HyCeram) and a central mask for the moon to mirror the brand’s emblematic peripheral ring forms.
A full moon thus forms a complete ring, which is luminous, with partial phases being portions thereof. The date window preserves symmetry at 6 o’clock, and is as subtle as possible with a background color-matched to the dial, and the brand’s signature font in light grey.
One of the most dynamic dials from MING, it inverts completely from a seamless silver mirror to a solid blue-black with moon and date displays. The transition is gradual and most of the time, the watch presents a bit of both: a calm, reflective serenity above and a lot more visual texture below.
Instead of semicircle moon aperture, MING 37.05 features a centrally-driven moon disc to offer a sufficiently large display to allow the ring display to work.
The brand has chosen the Sellita SW288 movement to equip this timepiece. It was then further reworked in a similar style to the 7001.M1 used in the 27.01 and 27.02; it is skeletonized, matte-blasted and anthracite coated, with a contrasting portion on the main train bridge in circular-brushed rhodium. This mechanical manual-wound calibre is visible through the sapphire crystal case-back.
The 37-series case family is a core MING product line, spanning from entry level to Special Projects and everything in between. It has a flexible architecture that can accept a wide range of movements, is scalable to thickness, and can be produced in a wide range of materials. At the same time, it is a highly refined case design that has complex compound curves – such as the line from case side to lug tip – and multiple finishes.
MING has also increased the visual presence of the case with a significantly larger dial opening than the 17- series and domed front and rear crystals. However, wearability and comfort for a wide variety of wrist sizes is maintained with the same 38mm maximum diameter and 20mm lug width. In short: it looks bigger than a 17-series, but feels the same on the wrist.
Like all MING watches, this new model is a result of a long standing partnership with Manufacture Schwarz-Etienne, which is responsible for construction, production and assembly of the 37.05 collection. The brand has also partnered with Jean Rousseau Paris for straps and Studio Koji Sato for the pouches.
The 37.05 is one of the brand’s first watches to be offered on a keeperless buckle system that tucks the unused hole portion of the strap underneath the opposite end. By doing this, a given strap length works for a wider range of sizes because the unused portion effectively increases the diameter of smaller wrists.
The overall configuration is neater, more comfortable, more secure and more visually harmonious. Finally, the buckle also has built in micro adjustment simply by moving the middle spring bar.
The MING 37.05 is priced at CHF 4,950. It is available exclusively at http://www.ming.watch from 25 November 2021. The delivery expected to begin July 2022.
Model: MING 37.05
316L stainless steel
11.9mm thickness (8.9mm excluding crystals)
Domed sapphire crystal front and rear, with double-sided antireflective coating
100m water resistance
20mm lug width
Composite metal and laser etched sapphire dial with inlaid HyCeram ceramic
Super-Luminova fill and blue-black vertical gradient
Luminous moon indication
Sellita for MING 288.M1, anthracite skeletonized bridges with contrast rhodium circular brushing
25.6mm, 5.65mm thickness
Central moon phase indication and date, both with quick set mechanism via crown
Manual winding with ~38h power reserve at full wind
Hours and minutes
Black barenia leather strap by Jean Rosseau Paris
20mm width, curved bars with quick release
Fitted with 3rd generation keeperless ‘flying blade’ stainless steel buckle with micro adjustment
Leather travel pouch handmade in Kuala Lumpur by Studio Koji Sato
2-year warranty against defects
Made in Switzerland
Pricing and availability
Deliveries expected to commence July 2022
Edition of 500 watches