Friday, June 28, 2019

If You Blinked...

Then you missed it!

Courtesy of Ming
This was the latest offering from Ming.  Limited to 10 pieces it went quickly.  This is the  MING 18.01 Abyss Concept

Although it is a nifty bit of kit, the asking price of CHF 6,500 seemed a bit dear to me given the provenance and the use of an ETA 2824.  I find this more amusing when one noted Ming devotee "poo-poo'd" other brands using that movement as being "less than" owing to the use of the 2824, but I guess that only applies to other people's watches.  Clearly there are Ming fans out there, and apparently at least ten of them willing to pony up for this one.

As I said, it is a nice looking watch and an interesting departure for Ming, and I am glad that they had a successful outing with this one.

Here are the pertinents -

  • Functions: hours, minutes, continuous seconds
  • Case, dial and 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
  • Straps and 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
  • 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
  • 2-year limited mechanical warranty
  • Made in Switzerland
  • Limited to 10 pieces
  • Delivery package includes the bracelet, five Jean Rousseau straps, a handmade leather travel roll by Studio Koji Sato and a watertight Pelican case.

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