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The MING Mosaic becomes production reality in our latest flagship: the 20.11.

All you can eat plus a whole chicken

We took everything we have in the design arsenal and threw it into our new flagship and daily wearer: it is the kind of watch you can and want to wear almost all of the time, but also projects something a little bit special. It debuts design tweaks reflecting our Special Projects Cave logo at 12, sapphire hands and Barenia leather straps.

The Mosaic: a 3D chessboard

Of course, the star of the show is the Mosaic dial itself: 2,650 squares of varying opacity, each formed with a linear diffraction pattern and etched with a high-power femtosecond laser on three different levels within the sapphire crystal dial. This process was developed in collaboration with DM Surfaces SA of St. Imier and has been in the works for the better part of two years.

Actual production is tricky as the process is very sensitive to crystal quality and not all sapphire is equal. Tiny, near invisible inclusions within the crystal structure can cause the entire dial to shatter as a large amount of energy is being focused on a very small area during lasering. Though we use a 1.30mm thick optical grade crystal as the base blank; yield remains low and limits this dial to flagship applications only.

Depending on ambient light, the Mosaic can turn from invisible to a prominent chessboard and we chose to use a dark movement finish to provide a contrasting background, whilst adding visual texture. At night, light from the fully charged HyCeram in the sapphire dial will reflect off the Mosaic and result in a soft glow.

Micro-rotor, rebooted

The 20.11 is powered by the Schwarz-Etienne for MING Cal. ASE 200.2, with micro-rotor winding. The finishing is now matte-blasted with a black DLC coating and contrasting diamond-cut anglage. It has a power reserve of approximately 86 hours and is wound bidirectionally by a micro-rotor made of sintered tungsten.

Attention to the little details

For the first time on any MING, we use sapphire crystal hands with HyCeram for legibility in all light conditions. The same HyCeram is used on the luminous indices of the dial sapphire. To add even more visual texture to the rear, the inner bezel surrounding the movement is made of titanium and machined with a Clous-de-Paris pattern and DLC coated.

The 20.11 is completed with a pair of handmade straps from Jean Rousseau Paris, a leather travel pouch by Studio Koji Sato, and a 700-lumen Nitecore LED torch for charging the HyCeram.

- Functions:

  • Hours and minutes
  • Micro-rotor automatic

- Case, dial & hands:

  • 41.5mm diameter, 14mm thickness
  • Grade 5 titanium with 34 parts and 4 different finishes
  • Polished bezel and ‘flying blade’ lugs
  • DLC coated caseband
  • Domed sapphire crystal front and rear, with double-sided antireflective coating
  • Sapphire hands with Super-LumiNova X1
  • 1.3mm thick sapphire dial with 3D laser mosaic and HyCeram
  • 50m water resistance
  • 22mm lug width

- Movement:

  • Schwarz-Etienne for MING Cal. ASE200.2
  • Partial skeletonisation with bicolour bridges
  • Hacking function
  • ~86h power reserve at full wind
  • Bidirectional automatic winding with high-mass tungsten micro-rotor
  • Movement adjusted to five positions

- Straps:

  • 2x straps by Jean Rousseau Paris
  • 22/18mm with curved ends and quick release fitting
  • Signed pin buckle

- 700-lumen Nitecore torch for charging HyCeram

- 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:

  • 20.11 MOSIAC

Winding & power reserve:

  • The 20.11 Mosaic is equipped with a self/automatic winding Schwarz-Etienne ASE200.2 movement.
  • This movement has a ~72 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 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 in either direction. The crown should be pushed back once time is set.

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.