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MING 19.01

This watch is sold out with deliveries complete. It will not be produced again. This archive is for reference and information only.

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Defining ‘ultimate’

The 19.01 was conceived without a target price: it was a result of us asking the question: ‘what would our ultimate simple daily-wear watch be?’ It would be robust, distinctive, practical; subtle but layered and nuanced, with suitable horological pedigree. The kind of watch that could form the backbone of a collection. Above all, it should carry and advance the MING design DNA.

All key elements from the 17.01 are present, but have been taken a step further: we challenge the boundaries of transparency and skeletonization – but without seeing one’s wrist hair. 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 strength of partnerships

The 19.01 continues to advance our philosophy of using ‘best in class’ partners for all aspects of our watches. It was designed by Ming Thein in Kuala Lumpur; serialized and assembled by Manufacture Schwarz-Etienne in La Chaux-de-Fonds. The straps are constructed for us by Jean Rousseau in Paris; even the travel pouch is handmade in Kuala Lumpur by local leather artisans Thirtyfour Bespoke.

A special movement

The 19.01 is powered by an exclusive version of the Schwarz-Etienne MSE100 – now MSE100.1 – with skeletonized bridges, anglage and two-tone anthracite beadblast. The barrel covers have also been skeletonized to allow the owner to easily determine the state of wind of the watch. It will run for over 100 hours when fully wound, and is adjusted to five positions; all components including the hairspring are made in-house by Schwarz-Etienne.

Uniqueness in construction and details

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. A very small bezel diameter makes it visually larger than its 39mm physical diameter, but it still wears well on a range of wrist sizes as the lugs have been kept short. The dial is where the 19.01 is truly unique: it is a deep opaque blue in the center, and fully transparent at the edges to allow some of the movement’s baseplate to be seen. Made of sapphire, it has a reflective lustre reminiscent of enamel.

Both 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. We have also retained the quick release curved straps – now made to our specification by Jean Rousseau in Paris.

- Functions: time only, hours and minutes

- Case, dial & hands:

  • 39mm diameter, 10.9mm thickness, grade 5 titanium
  • Double box sapphire crystal with double antireflective coating
  • Sapphire dial, radial gradient from opaque deep blue to transparent
  • Chapter ring, logo and rear markings laser-etched into the sapphire crystals
  • Polished bezel and lugs; finely brushed caseband
  • Hands and dial ring with Superluminova X1 fill
  • Rigid case without spacer rings
  • 50m water resistance
  • 20mm lug width

- Movement:

  • Schwarz-Etienne for MING Cal. MSE100.1
  • Partial skeletonization with anthracite bead blasted bridges and anglage
  • Hacking function
  • >100 hour power reserve at full wind
  • Movement adjusted to five positions

- Straps:

  • Includes 2x calf leather straps by Jean Rousseau Paris
  • 20mm width, curved bars with quick release
  • All straps come fitted with signed stainless steel buckles
  • Will fit 160-210mm wrist circumference

- 1-year warranty against defects

- 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:

  • 19.01
  • 19.01 MONOLITH
  • 19.03 GHOST
  • 19.03 BURGUNDY

Winding & power reserve:

  • The 19.01 is equipped with a hand/manual winding Schwarz-Etienne MSE100.1 movement.
  • This movement has a >100 hour power reserve when fully wound.
  • The movement can be wound by turning the crown clockwise (away from you).
  • The movement is equipped with a hard stop, to avoid overwinding. When you feel a resistance or a point beyond which the crown will not turn, please stop winding.
  • Forcing the crown past this point will damage the mainspring and result in the watch requiring an out-of-warranty service.

Setting the time:

The crown has two positions:

  • The first position (pushed all the way in) is where the crown should be for wearing and to ensure water resistance. This position is also the hand winding position.
  • The second position (one click out) is for setting the hour and minute hands. Time can be set in either direction and once set, the crown must be pushed back in. The watch is not water resistant when the crown is pulled out.

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.