Ming Thein, a distinguished commercial photographer, designer, and ardent watch enthusiast, introduced the independent Malaysian watch brand Ming back in 2017. Over a relatively brief period, Ming has managed to captivate the hearts of watch aficionados with its stylish designs, accessible pricing, and precision Swiss movements. The culmination of this success was marked by the prestigious Revelation Prize at the 2019 GPHG Awards for the remarkable 17.06 Copper timepiece.
In celebration of the brand’s fifth anniversary, Ming unveiled the exquisite 37.07 Mosaic, featuring a sapphire dial etched with a captivating mosaic pattern, illuminated by generous applications of brilliant blue Super-LumiNova. Fast forward to today, and Ming has once again graced us with the latest addition to their collection, the 37.07 Monolith.
The 37.07 Monolith shares identical specifications with its predecessor, the 37.07 Mosaic. It boasts a 38mm diameter, a slender 10.9mm thickness, and a lug-to-lug distance of 44.5mm. The case design, a hallmark of Ming, features a double-stepped bezel and subtly Oriental pagoda-style lugs. However, the stainless steel case of the Monolith is now adorned with a matte black DLC coating. The lugs, bezel, and crown have a bead-blasted finish, while the flanks and caseback are brushed. This unique treatment allows the case to absorb light, resulting in a sleeker and more compact appearance, while also giving the dial center stage.
With its scratch-resistant black DLC coating and a water resistance of up to 100 meters, the 37.07 Monolith proves to be a versatile companion for everyday wear.
While the dial maintains the mosaic pattern seen in last year’s anniversary model, it has taken on a darker, more mysterious tone. The gradient mosaic pattern, originally achieved through laser etching on the sapphire dial of the 20.11 Mosaic, was highly popular but expensive to reproduce in more affordable models. Ming’s ingenious solution was to use a Super-LumiNova-coated brass base dial with a mosaic motif printed on a sapphire crystal.
The blackened brass base features a dark gray shade of Super-LumiNova and displays the mosaic motif on the sapphire dial. This mosaic pattern transitions from lighter tones in the center to darker shades toward the edges, with numerous triangles printed on both sides of the sapphire crystal. Some of these triangles are transparent, allowing the luminous material to shine through. The dial’s unique character is further enhanced by the signature chapter ring, which showcases long luminous dashes marking the hours. Time is easily read with the central hour and minute hands, both treated with Super-LumiNova.
Powering the Ming 37.07 Monolith is the Sellita for Ming SW210.M1, a slim manual-winding movement measuring a mere 3.35mm in height and boasting a commendable 40-hour power reserve. The movement is tastefully adorned with anthracite skeletonized bridges that beautifully contrast with the rhodium circular brushing. This mechanical marvel is visible through the sapphire crystal caseback.
To complete the package, the 37.07 Monolith features a textured black calfskin strap with a luxurious burnt orange Alcantara lining, masterfully crafted by Jean Rousseau.
The Ming 37.07 Monolith is a limited edition, with only 250 watches available. Priced at CHF 3,500, this exquisite timepiece can be exclusively acquired at www.ming.watch. Orders open at 1 p.m. GMT on October 12, 2023, and a 50% deposit is required. Anticipate the delivery of your own Ming 37.07 Monolith in November 2023.