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What is it: After the Ming 20.01 Mosaic Chronograph and Ming 20.11 Mosaic comes another mosaic dial timepiece from the house that has taken lumed dials to another level. The new Ming 37.07 is a 100m water-resistant 316L stainless steel cased timepiece measuring 38mm x 10.9mm with a 44.5mm lug-to-lug and 20mm lug interhorn spacing. Most strikingly, it features a “composite dial with circular brushed, printed and luminous metal base and double surface printed and gradient fade sapphire dial”.
Why: The new Ming 37.07 is first of their fifth anniversary celebratory announcements and marks the impressive journey of Ming Watches
When released: Announced on 25th July 2022 at 1pm GMT with availability to purchase in two windows of 29th July from 2am to 2.15am GMT and 29th July from 1pm to 1.15am GMT with a 50% non-refundable-deposit.
Where: As with all Ming watches, preorder directly from Ming’s website for deliveries expected from May 2023.
Who is it for: For anyone who fell in love with their watch architecture and the magically lumed mosaic dials but couldn’t either afford the initial releases or wasn’t able to procure one due to limited availability
How does it do: Beyond the obvious charm of the three-layer printed mosaic dial that sees Super-LumiNova set on the centre of a brass dial, what I also appreciate is that just like the mosaic on the dial, the watch itself is part of a bigger picture, that sees the brand take its more expensive timepiece and make it accessible, all the while maintaining the brand’s design-language DNA.
Instead of the higher CHF 14’ 500 of the Ming 20.11 Mosaic, the new Ming 37.07 retails for only CHF 3’250. This is something that harks back to their roots that were firmly planted 5-years ago with the 17-series.
Another feature that makes it more irresistible is the incorporation of slim wrist friendly dimensions. For instance, the Ming 20.11 measured in at 41.5mm diameter and 14mm thickness, while the new Ming 37.07 measures in at 38mm diameter, 10.9mm thickness, and only 44.5mm lug-to-lug. This makes it very wearable for those with slim wrists and also a more unisex timepiece. And for those who like their watches to wear big, the minimal bezel helps put the dial front and centre.
Inside the intricate case that requires “multi-axis machining to create and finish the lug twist that extends from case flanks to the bottom of the lugs” of the new Ming 37.07 beats the hand-winding SW210.M1 in a configuration that is unique to Ming (similar to the Sellita SW288 as found in the 37.05 Moonphase).
The 26 x 3.35mm SW210.M1 provides 40-hours power reserve and features anthracite skeletonized bridges with contrast rhodium circular brushing.
In sync with the history of the brand, the Ming 37.07 is a collaborative effort with Manufacture Schwarz-Etienne dialled in for engineering and assembly, Jean Rousseau Paris for the water safe rubber strap, and Studio Koji Sato for the handmade leather travel pouch. The Swiss made timepiece comes with a 2-year warranty against defects and is fitted with their 3rd generation buckle feat. micro-adjustment.
Just like a montage of horological elements perfectly pieced together, the new Ming 37.07 is any horophile’s dream: different than the rest of the outside world but full of innate ‘Ming-ness’, packed with subtle design features, and far decorated beyond its price point would have you believe.
If the new Ming 37.07 is an example of what we can expect as a quinquennial milestone, then I for one wait with bated breath to discover what else the brand decides to grace our wrists with.
To find out more about the new Ming 37.07 or to try to order it, please head directly to www.ming.watch. All images unless otherwise specified are Ⓒ HOROLOGER MING, 2017 ONWARDS.