The watch industry is one that prides itself on history and tradition as much as it does craftsmanship and artisanal skill. This makes newcomer brands such as Ming a relative rarity in the industry, and their success in such a short time is all the more impressive. The latest offering from the Malaysian based brand is the Ming 37.05, which debuts both a moonphase and date complication for the young watchmaker.
It was a little more than four years ago that Ming released their first timepiece, and in less than half a decade, have built a solid reputation for their distinct, yet minimalist design language. In the years that the Ming has operated, the brand has launched a number of different designs and complications, from divers watches and GMT timepieces to world timers and chronographs, yet somehow never a watch with a date (or moonphase) complication.
This makes the recently announced Ming 37.05 a refreshing new offering from the brand, featuring a 38mm steel case that retains Ming’s instantly recognisable sharply curved lugs. The watch is kept relatively slim at 11.9mm, with heavily domed sapphire crystals on the front and rear of the case accounting for 3mm of that thickness.
However, the real draw of the Ming 37.05 is the dial, which is constructed from composite metal and laser-etched sapphire layers which add a real impression of visual depth. As we’ve also come to expect and enjoy from Ming timepieces, the 37.05 also features ample amounts of luminous paint, which not only make the time easy to read in low light, but also the moonphase complication located at 6 o’clock.
The date window is also integrated smartly into the dial at 6 o’clock, just beneath the moonphase indicator, briefly interrupting the laser-etched pattern across the rest of the dial. The Ming 37.05 is powered by the Sellita based Ming 288.M1, which has been handsomely finished and semi-skeletonised, offering a reasonable 38 hours of power reserve. The Ming 37.05 has an RRP of CHF 4950 (AU$7,525), with details on how to purchase the timepiece to be found on their site.