Ming - The Geneva Watch Auction: XVI Geneva Saturday, November 5, 2022 | Phillips

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  • Manufacturer: Ming
    Year: 2019
    Reference No: 17.06
    Case No: 001'150
    Model Name: 17.06 Copper
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Automatic, ETA 2824-2 Top grade, 25 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Leather
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel MING pin buckle
    Dimensions: 38mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and buckle signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by MING presentation box and travel pouch.

  • Catalogue Essay

    MING is an incredibly creative micro brand whose first watch was launched in 2017 and has ever since hit a chord with collectors. Making only a handful of watches in small series each model is sold out within minutes of being released.

    The brand takes the name of one of its founders and core drivers: Ming Thein, a physicist by training and a world renown photographer. A long time watch collector he decided that he wanted to create his own brand and offer a watch impeccably made but at a very competitive price point.

    The 17.06 Copper is housed in a 38mm case featuring brushed and polished surfaces setting a perfect frame for the superb architecture of the dial with its central guilloché pattern and outer polished surface. Suspended above the dial is a sapphire ring from which luminous hour markers appear suspended. Polished hands are set close to the dial for minimal parallax, with just 0.3mm clearance to the crystal underside. Both dial and hands are loaded with Super-LumiNova C1 for a distinctive nocturnal signature.

    The most impressive attribute of dial is the way the its surface captures light and reflects it in the most delightful manner.

    The MING 17.06 Copper was awarded the Horological Revelation prize at the 2019 Edition of the Grand Prix d'Horlogerie de Genève.

  • Artist Biography


    Malaysian • 1986

    Ming Thein is the vision behind MING: he has a diverse background that bridges both the creative and corporate, with more than 10 years in strategy and finance and 20 years as a photographer, with seven as a full time professional. Ming was born in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in 1986, educated in Australia, New Zealand, and finally graduated with a masters’ degree in theoretical physics from Balliol College, Oxford at the age of 16.

    Somewhere during the mechanical portions of his degree, he contracted the watch bug made worse by a Lange 1815 graduation gift from his parents. It would follow through his early career at KPMG and The Boston Consulting Group, where the generosity of online collector communities allowed him access to their events and watches. His contributions to the community were driven by knowledge (including numerous attempts at movement design) and photography: capturing a personal interpretation of a watch, Ming in a way made them his own and shared a different vision with the collector’s community


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Ref. 17.06
A very attractive stainless steel wristwatch with two tone copper dial

38mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement and buckle signed

CHF2,000 - 4,000 

Sold for CHF5,670

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The Geneva Watch Auction: XVI

Geneva Auction 5 - 6 November 2022