The 17.01, Ming’s first and highly successful offering, was quickly sold out, with thousands of people scrambling and subscribing to get even a diminutive chance to get their hands on one of only 300 available pieces. I was one among the thousands of folks who missed out on the release, which closed literally within minutes.
I was recently lucky enough to have found one still freshly sealed in its airtight plastic—and I mean airtight! It seemed like every molecule of O2 was sucked out and the watch rested in a complete vacuum while waiting for its owner to give it life, air and wear.
I’m also lucky to be in a financial position to purchase it at a higher price than its initial pricing—and it’s worth every penny. In fact, after wearing and examining it closely, I’d even pay double what I paid, given the material and design details of the 17.01.
Over the past 24 hours the anthracite dial has revealed itself in multiple ways that delight the eyes. I keep starring at the organic curves (“circular elements”) of the Watch, in particular the flared lugs, as if my eyes are unwittingly harassing the watch.
The titanium makes this watch incredibly balanced on the wrist, and, while it’s respectably light, it retains a welcoming heft that denotes a quality watch.
The crown is easy to wind—15 delicious wind to full-stop and it has the perfect weight and “bounce-back” sensation. The 17.01 offers perhaps the best winding experience in a mechanical watch I’ve ever owned—even better than my JLC... and most certainly better than my PAM101 and 311 Speedmaster Moonwatch.
The leather straps garnered a couple of random comments (in other forums), launching complaints of their stiffness; the complainers had accused the strap as being “cheap” leather. The complaints are inaccurate and are most likely due to personal unfamiliarity with leather characteristics. These straps that Ming uses remind me of classic motorcycle jackets made from full-grain Steerhide or horsehide from such beloved makers as Schott and Aero Leathers—whose expensive leather jackets start out heavy, stiff, and serious until they break-in into a softer patina and last more than a lifetime. Likewise, these Ming straps are tough leather watch straps, yet refined in their aesthetics. And each watch comes with three different colors, each with its own buckle.
This watch appears prominently and with legibility when you look at it, and it disappears when you look away. In my book, that’s characteristics of a sustainable wristwatch.
I certainly am looking at their upcoming offerings—a dramatic step up in design, material, technology and, of course, pricing ($8,000).
Ming watches are the real deal.
Some random cellphone pictures over the past 24hrs:
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