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FINAL CALL - MING 37.07 MONOLITH

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We have always enjoyed watches with a more functional, utilitarian presentation as a palate cleanser – or, as something we can put on and not worry about too much if you’re not sure what the day will bring. This line has previously included the 17.06 Monolith and 18.01 H41 DLC; both with scratch-resistant DLC coatings and tastefully restrained dials. The 37.07 Monolith is the latest watch to receive this treatment.

Though the 37.07 Monolith shares a lot of design elements with and is identical in size and proportions to the 37.07 Mosaic presented during last year’s 5th anniversary releases; it feels like a completely different watch. This is almost entirely down to changing the way the watch interacts with light: whilst the Mosaic was a bright, luminous and reflective watch, those same concave polished surfaces are now matte black and hint at contour rather than reflecting large portions of their surroundings. 

Lug tops, bezel and crown are now finely bead blasted and matte; the case sides and back remain brushed to best show the lug contours. This has resulted in a case that wears much thinner as the domed crystal and caseback somewhat disappear, leaving only bezel and case sides clearly defined. Even though dimensions stay identical at 38x10.9mm, the 37.07 Monolith wears visually much larger than dimensions suggest – apparent thickness is more like 7mm or less, which disproportionately emphasizes the large dial opening.

The dial shares only the central gradient mosaic pattern with last year’s anniversary release. It now has a dark grey* Super-LumiNova base layer in the center of a blackened brass dial to match the overall color scheme; on top of this is a printed and partially transparent mosaic. Above the brass dial is a sapphire dial with a gradient printed mask that is opaque black at the edges and composed of graduated transparency triangles at the center, allowing the base luminous material to glow through. The use of a sapphire dial allows for our signature reflective inversion. Legibility is maintained by hands pad-printed with Super-LumiNova X1 and luminous indices on the sapphire dial.

The 37-series cases all minimize bezel and maximize dial; they were conceived in response to customer desire for a larger watch but balanced against demographics of real wrist sizes and wearability. The Monolith visually pushes this the furthest of any of our watches; it is visually large and thin yet supremely comfortable to wear.

Finally, we complete the 37.07 Monolith with something a little different: a new strap by Jean Rousseau in a textured calf material we have not previously used as we feel it complements the central texture of the dial well but stays true to the overall idea of textural subtlety for this watch.

*Note that being dark grey, luminosity of the mosaic pattern on the Monolith is a little lower than the 37.07 Mosaic.

- Functions:

  • Hours and minutes 
  • Hand winding 

- Case, dial & hands:

  • 38mm diameter, 10.9mm thickness, 44.5mm lug-to-lug
  • 316L stainless steel, DLC coated with a brushed-blasted finish
  • Domed sapphire crystal front and rear, with double-sided antireflective coating 
  • Two-part dial with circular brushed, printed and luminous metal base and a gradient sapphire dial with both surfaces printed
  • 100m water resistance
  • 20mm lug width

- Movement:

  • Sellita for MING SW210.M1, anthracite skeletonized bridges with contrast rhodium circular brushing 
  • Manual winding with ~40h power reserve at full wind 

- Straps:

  • Leather strap by Jean Rousseau Paris 
  • 20mm width, curved bars with quick release
  • Fitted with 3rd generation tuck buckle with micro adjustment

- Leather travel pouch handmade in Kuala Lumpur by Studio Koji Sato

- 2 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.