What We Love About Ming 27.01, The Malaysian Watchmaker's Thinnest Watch Yet
One of the defining qualities of a Ming watch is its focus on the essence of time, meaning it doesn't believe in cluttering the dial with highfalutin indications. It sticks to what we all look for in a time-telling instrument, an hour and a minute hand with legible hour markers — simple and functional.
This narrative continues with its new 27.01, the spiritual successor to Ming's first watch, the 17.01, and the first watch to feature its second-generation design language. The flying blade lugs and the hour markers (absent of numerals except for the '0' at 12 o'clock), for instance, are new design elements.
In addition, it's also the independent watchmaker's thinnest watch yet at 6.9mm thick. The case is stainless steel for a more tactile experience while the 38mm diameter is suited for all wrist sizes.
A handsome dress watch
The 27.01 is also the dressiest Ming watch in its portfolio. To achieve that sense of formality, the dial boasts matte and brushed surfaces in four different shades of silver, giving it exceptional legibility.
Meantime, alternating polished, brushes and matte-blasted surfaces evoke textural variations on the steel case. The watch is paired with an attention-grabbing burgundy leather strap by Jean Rousseau Paris, which is fitted with a second generation "flying blade" buckle.
Ming worked with Manufacture Schwarz-Etienne to extensively modify an ETA Peseux 7001 into its own MING 7001.M1 movement — only the gear train and escapement of the original movement remained. The reworked upper bridges offer wide openings to reveal the moving components beneath in what is "a continuation of our belief that a display back must have something worth seeing behind it." The movement offers a maximum power reserve of 42 hours.
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