If anyone knows what a good watch should look like, it’s celebrated watch photographer Ming Thein. And, with a natural eye for the aesthetics of a quality timepiece and the kind of first-hand knowledge that comes only with immersing yourself in a genuine passion, Thein has now taken the next step and put his talents to good use — designing the Ming 17.01 watch. The former McDonalds’s executive turned full-time horological photographer has created a notably stripped-back timepiece — housed in a 38mm x 9.3mm grade five solid titanium case — with a multi-layer, three-part sapphire dial and sleek Arabic numeral display ring, free of the trappings of date displays. Or even a seconds hand, for that matter.
Water resistant up to 100 meters, the interior of the watch is further testament to the Ming 17.01’s focus on reliability, boasting a manually-wound, Swiss Made Sellita SW210-1, which — beating at 28,800vph — offers 42 hours of power when fully wound.
Available in both blue and anthracite dial colorways, the Ming 17.01 is strictly limited to 150 pieces of each variation — available now, directly from the ming.watch web store — coming in at $900 USD.