Meet Ming, the local watch brand that sold out within 1 month of its launch

Meet Ming, the local watch brand that sold out within 1 month of its launch

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Text: Su Fen Tan

Image: A Blog To Watch

The Swiss-made, Malaysia-based brand makes an impression with its debut timepiece, the Ming 17.01

Ming is founded by a group of six watch enthusiasts, with the brand being named after one of them: Ming Thein, a photographer, creative consultant, the Chief of Strategy at Hasselblad, and the main man behind this new watch micro-brand. Earlier this month, Ming saw a very successful release (and great reviews) for its debut timepiece—the Ming 17.01.

The Ming 17.01 is a good-looking timepiece with a minimal, elegant aesthetic, featuring a classic round-shaped titanium 38mm case fitted with a sturdy calfskin strap. Ming Thein is known in the world of photography for his meticulous attention to detail, and it's no different when it comes to making timepieces. The three-part dial boasts a central area with a guilloché-like pattern, giving a varied sense of colour and depth depending on the lighting. Meanwhile, the hour markers and inner ring are printed on the sapphire crystal donut, adding to the dial's three-dimensional attribute.  

In the movement department, Ming has opted for the hand-wound mechanical Selita caliber SW210-1, a conscious decision to choose a reliable and easily serviceable movement over an elaborate one. Each timepiece comes with a set of three calfskin straps in tan, dark blue and burgundy for easy personalisation.


The Ming 17.01 is available in two dial colours—blue and anthracite grey—and each variant is limited to just 150 pieces. The first batch of watches for both dial variants have sold out since the watch launched, with the next batch expected to arrive in early September. Want to get your hands on a Ming 17.01? Sign up for the notification when watches go back in stock here—but you'll have to act fast when it does, because over 1,600 people are already on the waiting list as of 26 August. 


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