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October 16, 2020

The MING 2020 Concept Set

The three watches celebrate the MING philosophy, and are representative markers of where our thinking originated, where it is today, and where it will go. They are once again the product of strong partnerships and masochistic determination to ask ‘what if?

All three watches are piece unique prototypes and the only watches of their type in existence – there are no others held within the company or in the wild. They are offered complete with our standard two year warranty against mechanical defects and include a comprehensive accessory package that will be delivered to the final buyer. They will be offered as a set in Lot #282 in the Phillips & Blackbird: RETROSPECTIVE 2000-2020 Auction on 8 November 2020, with an estimate of CHF 40,000-80,000. Viewing is available in person at Hôtel La Réserve, Geneva, from 4 to 8 November 2020.

Past: MING 18.01 6.39 Concept Diver's watch

The 18.01 6.39 was one of the designs prototyped along the path to the Abyss Concept in 2019 and the 18.01 H41 this year. Aesthetically, it was designed in parallel with the 17.03 GMT and splits the sector into the bezel timing ring and dial contents to balance apparent size whilst maintaining dive functionality. The case is an earlier version of the Abyss Concept and tested to 1,000m.

MING 18.01 6.39 Concept

Technical specifications:

MING 18.01 6.39 Concept Diver's watch

Prototype watch: P000000

Case

  • Stainless steel 316L with solid caseback
  • Diameter: 40mm 
  • Thickness: 13.8mm
  • Lug to lug: 46mm
  • Screw down crown with triple gaskets and red safety indicator
  • Glass: 3.5mm thick sapphire crystal with antireflective coating on both sides
  • Rigid case without spacer rings
  • Unidirectional rotating bezel with 60 clicks
  • Ceramic bezel insert filled with Super-LumiNova X1
  • Water resistance of at least 1,000m / 3,280ft / 100 ATM

Dial and hands

  • Three-part composite dial with Super-LumiNova X1 coated sapphire
  • Beadblasted hands filled with Super-LumiNova X1

Movement

  • Top grade ETA2824-2 automatic movement
  • 38-hour power reserve
  • Frequency: 28,800 vph (4Hz)
  • Number of jewels: 25
  • Sweep central seconds with hacking function
  • Movement adjusted to five positions with a 250-hour test program
  • Functions: Hours, minutes, continuous seconds

Made in Switzerland; construction, case and dial by Schwarz-Etienne and unique to MING

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Present: MING 20.01 S1 Concept

Ming's first flagship in 2017 – 19.01 – was a statement of intent for the new brand: to make interesting watches and avoid constraint to a particular segment or genre. The 19 series has since expanded to include the 19.02 Worldtimer with microrotor automatic movement and hand finishing, in addition to several piece uniques and a final model later this year.

The 20.01 S1 is the beginning of a new family for MING, expanding on our second generation aesthetic debuted with the 27.01 Ultra Thin. It has been in the works since 2018 and represents collaboration with the best of an even wider industry circle, pushing the envelope beyond what we achieved with the 19 series.

MING 20.01 S1 Concept

High end chronograph movement options are both very limited and further constrained by our symmetric design requirements. There are almost no central-stack chronographs available beyond in-house developments or non-integrated modules.

Fortunately, we found new partners at Agenhor and a movement in the form of their AgenGraphe, which is arguably one of, if not the most significant new chronograph movements of recent years. It contains many advanced and unique features such as a central chronograph core; Agenhor’s proprietary backlash-free gears; proprietary horizontal clutch mechanism; instantaneous jumping minutes; snail reset cams; overwind protection, and proprietary regulation mechanism.

Furthermore, the movement’s level of configurability meant a unique version for us. We were able to fulfil a long-held dream of reinterpreting the classical chronograph by paring the movement back to its essentials: a 60-minute counter and hand winding; with all indication hands on the central stack and the cleanest, most intuitive information display possible.

Finally, we took this even further by finishing our plates and bridges in ascending shades of DLC with diamond cut edges for both longevity of surface finishing, and to further enhance the already impressive sense of depth within the movement.

MING 20.01 S1 Concept

Traditional watch cases have three major parts, ours has seven excluding gaskets, screws, tubes, crowns, pushers and other associated furniture. In total, there are 34 components to the 20.01’s case. It was developed to accommodate the large 34mm diameter AgenGraphe movement and to also allow for degrees of modularity and customization, whilst maintaining structural integrity.

The core casering carries the crown and pushers, is radially symmetric and fitted to the movement’s specific requirements. Around this goes a cage with separate left and right lug pieces and upper and lower bezels that geometrically lock the other pieces together, with the entire assembly compressed and sealed by four screws.

Our unique solution hiding the interface between lugs and bezel within the inner corner of the lugs allows the contrasting elements to appear seamless yet visually and spatially impossible: how did a continuous yet clearly separate component get inside the outer cage?

Multiple levels of contrasting adjacent finishes give the watch a perceived lightness and very dynamic way of interacting with light. It also allows us to make a larger watch to address collector requests, while maintaining wearability for a wide variety of wrist sizes.

MING 20.01 S1 Concept

The complex case is offset by a dial that is both our simplest and most complicated to date: it appears to be a flat two-dimensional plane from some angles and illumination, but at others expands into a quicksilver pool with elements floating at various depths. It adapts to and reflects its environment yet remains clearly legible at all times.

It is a development of the 19-series dial: a thick 1.3mm sapphire with black underside coating, and no antireflective coating on top to provide a defined ‘surface’. Channels for the indices are laser etched into the upper face and filled with flat-polished HyCeram Super-LumiNova, bestowing high brightness and edge definition into the smallest elements. Finally, hands treated with Super-LumiNova X1 and minute marks etched into the underside of the top crystal. Combined, the 20.01 presents a continuously dynamic face for its owner to enjoy.

Agenhor for MING AgenGraphe Cal. 6361.M1

Technical specifications:

MING 20.01 S1 Concept Chronograph

Prototype watch: P000995

Case

  • Grade 5 titanium with 34 parts and 4 different finishes
  • Diameter: 41.5mm
  • Thickness: 14.2mm
  • Rigid case without spacer rings
  • Polished and brushed bezel and ‘flying blade’ lugs; DLC coated caseband
  • Domed sapphire crystal front and rear, double-sided antireflective coating
  • Front crystal with etched and luminous minute markings
  • 3mm thick sapphire dial with HyCeram ceramic Super-LumiNova, in partnership with DM Surfaces
  • Water-resistant to 50 meters

Dial and hands

  • Hands with Superluminova X1 fill

Movement

  • Agenhor for MING AgenGraphe Cal. 6361.M1,
  • Diameter: 34mm
  • Thickness: 5.35mm
  • Central chronograph with proprietary Agenhor coupling mechanism, regulator and upgraded clutch
  • Manual winding with overwind protection and twin skeletonized barrels
  • DLC coated bridges and plates in three shades with diamond cut anglage
  • ~60h power reserve at full wind
  • Movement adjusted to six positions

Functions

  • Hours and minutes
  • Central chronograph with seconds and 60-minute counter
  • Instantaneous jumping minutes

Made in Switzerland; movement by Agenhor; construction, case and dial by Schwarz-Etienne and unique to MING

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Future: MING 27.02 Concept

The 27.02 is a glimpse into what might succeed our popular 27.01 Ultra Thin; it is simultaneously simpler and more complex (by virtue of increased visual layering). We found space within the case to add a guilloche ring underneath our signature gradient sapphire dial. Depending on the environment, the 27.02 can present anything from a reflection to an inky black pool that transitions into a Clous-de-Paris ring. It is perhaps our most visually dynamic watch to date and is powered by our MING Cal. 7001.M1, a heavily modified version of the ETA 7001.

Technical specifications:

MING 27.02 Concept

Prototype watch: P001675

Case

  • Stainless steel 316L
  • Diameter: 38mm
  • Thickness: 6.9mm
  • Lug width: 20mm
  • Mix of polished, brushed and blasted surfaces with ‘flying blade’ lugs
  • Sapphire crystal front and rear with double-sided antireflective coating
  • Rigid case without spacer rings
  • Water-resistant to 50 meters

Dial and hands

  • Gradient sapphire dial with subsidiary anthracite guilloche ring

Movement

  • MING 7001.M1: heavily-modified ETA 7001 with new bridges and baseplate
  • Black chrome plated bridges and plates
  • ~42h power reserve at full wind
  • Movement adjusted to five positions

Made in Switzerland; construction, movement modifications, case and dial by Schwarz-Etienne and unique to MING

Further details on the auction can be found and viewing appointments scheduled here: https://www.phillips.com/detail/ming/CH080320/282 

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