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Total production: 10 pieces, completed and delivered 2019

The Abyss Concept is a very small batch of experimental watches produced as a result of challenging ourselves to design a functional dive watch that didn't draw on existing design expectations. We initially made three dial variants, with the team falling for one that was an evolution of our design language (symmetry, geometry, arcs) but also, admittedly, a tangential offshoot of our planned future direction. However, with prototype cases on hand and a design we were too in love with to abandon, the Abyss Concept was born.

There are only ten watches in total, with bookmatched cases for maximum water resistance. We do not know the maximum depth resistance of the case as all have exceeded the 1,250m (4,100ft, 125 ATM) limit of the testing machine without leakage or helium issues.

With a case that is 40mm in diameter but under 14mm thick, the Abyss Concept has the visual presence and physical heft expected of a dive watch while maintaining a high degree of wearability. The short lugs have holes for both curved and straight straps to maximise versatility. Finally, we added a crown locking indicator to warn the wearer if the crown is not securely screwed down.

The Abyss Concept is equipped with a unique polished rotating bezel as tests showed this to be the optimal surface finish for gripping fine objects with wet hands (and avoiding marring the design). The bezel uses a ceramic inlay filled with Super-LumiNova X1, and a marker design that prioritizes accuracy to the minute for the first fifteen minutes and five minute divisions for the remaining quarters. It rotates unidirectionally with 60 clicks and tension is carefully calibrated to allow easy and deliberate operation underwater.

The dial is a unique blend of the 19-series and 17-series, with a composite sapphire construction and large amounts of Super-LumiNova X1 for low light visibility. With a solid caseback, aesthetic considerations for the movement were secondary and we chose the ETA 2824-2 for robustness and long-term serviceability. The movement has been modified to remove the second crown position and has been regulated in five positions through our 250h test program by La Division du Temps (a sister company of Manufacture Schwarz Etienne).

The Abyss Concept will remain a unique part of the MING story for several reasons – it is the first experimental prototype series we have offered to the public; it is our first watch in steel and with running seconds; it is an experiment in translating our design language to frequently requested larger sizes; and it remains undecided if we will ever have a series production dive watch.

- Functions: hours, minutes, continuous seconds

- Case, dial & hands:

  • Stainless steel 316L with solid caseback
  • 40mm diameter, 13.8mm thick, 46mm lug to lug
  • 3.5mm thick sapphire crystal with antireflective coatings on both sides
  • Rigid case without spacer rings
  • Water resistance of at least 1,250m/ 125 ATM/ 4,100ft
  • Screw down crown with triple gaskets and red safety indicator
  • Three-part composite dial with Super-LumiNova X1 coated sapphire
  • Beadblasted hands filled with Super-Luminova X1
  • Unidirectional rotating bezel with 60 clicks
  • Ceramic bezel insert filled with Super-LumiNova X1

- Movement:

  • Top grade ETA2824-2 automatic movement
  • 38 hour power reserve
  • 28,800 bph (4Hz)
  • 25 jewels
  • Central seconds with hacking function
  • Movement adjusted to five position with a 250 hour test program

- Straps + bracelet:

  • All new 5-link quick release bracelet with double deployant clasp
  • 1x grey textured calf with alcantara lining
  • 1x racing blue textured calf with alcantara lining
  • 1x black textured calf with blue edges and alcantara lining
  • 1x blue smooth calf with light blue edges and alcantara lining
  • 1x black smooth calf with grey stitching and alcantara lining
  • All straps are 20x18mm, handmade by Jean Rousseau Paris and curved quick release with fitted buckles
  • Lugs accomodate both curved and straight bar straps

- Limited to 10 pieces

- Leather travel pouch handmade by Studio Koji Sato

- 2-year limited mechanical warranty

- Made in Switzerland

MING continually aims to improve aesthetics and functionality of products where possible; to this end we reserve the right to make changes prior to final delivery.

This guide applies to the following watches/ variants:

  • 18.01 6.39 CONCEPT
  • 18.01 H41
  • 18.01 H41 DLC

Winding & power reserve:

  • The 18.01 H41 is equipped with a self-winding/automatic ETA2824-2 movement.
  • This movement has a ~40 hour power reserve when fully wound.
  • If worn daily and the wearer is sufficiently active, the watch will stay wound and run indefinitely.
  • If the power reserve is depleted, please hand wind the watch with 20-30 turns of the crown and give it a light shake to restart.
  • Simply giving the watch a light shake and wearing it is not sufficient to bring the watch up to a full or nearly full state of wind.

Setting time:

The crown has three positions:

  • The first position (pushed all the way in and screwed down) is where the crown should be for wearing and to ensure water resistance.
  • Second position (unscrewed but not pulled out) is for hand winding. Please note that in this position, the watch is not water resistant and the red warning indicator around the crown tube will be visible.
  • Third position (unscrewed and pulled out) is the normal setting of hour and minute hands. The movement is 'hacked' in this position.

Diver bezel:

  • The bezel rotates unidirectionally (anti-clockwise) with 60 clicks.

Other useful information:

  • The best way to clean the watch is with a soft, clean and damp cloth. We strongly discourage the use of any cleaning agents or solutions.
  • We use different formulations and techniques to apply lume on the dials, hands, crystal and other components etc. This results in a slight difference in the peak brightness and length of luminesence between the two. This is normal.
  • Modern luminous material requires charging to work effectively. Lume can be charged with direct exposure to bright sunlight or a strong light source such as a LED torch. The stronger the light source, the faster the lume charges.