Twin Timepieces for Malaysian Watchmaker MING’s First Anniversary

Limited Birthday editions in cool blue

Designed in Kuala Lumpur, made in Switzerland, and now just one year old. MING’s freshman year was surprising in many ways, not the least of which simply being a Malaysian microbrand that captured the hearts of horological purists around the world with watches that were simple where it counted and fascinating where it mattered.

Not letting its anniversary go by unmarked, MING is issuing a pair of limited editions of the 17.03 watch. The 17.03, if you needed reminding, is MING’s 38mm GMT watch that showcases the brand’s uncomplicated flair, which includes textured dials and ‘floating’ numerals, and of course the signature flared lugs. The second time zone is indicated in understated fashion with a rotating disc and delicate star marker. It launched with options of black and burgundy dials.

The limited editions, however, come in Blue (RM6,150), and Ultra Blue (RM10,250). The latter, limited to just 25, have had their titanium cases heat-blued by founder Ming Thein himself. The result is a case that seems to scintillate; depending on the light, constantly changing undertones of purple, cyan and indigo will come to the fore. Both have a striking sunburst metallic blue dial, and new satin beadblasted hands filled with Super-LumiNova, while the non-ultra Blue offering has a more regular titanium case and is more abundant with 125 pieces offered.

Both also ship with a pair of nubuck leather straps with quick release fittings, and a travel pouch by ThirtyFour Bespoke (also of Kuala Lumpur). The Ultra Blue comes with an additional handmade alcantara strap by Jean Rousseau Paris — with matching heat-blued pin buckle—while the Blue has an option of additional titanium bracelet (RM7,400 all in).

The 17.03 Blue is available to order from today, 15 August, with deliveries commencing later in the month. There is currently a wait-list for the 17.03 Ultra Blue.


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