Watch industry figures turned brand owners, Ming Thien and William Massena, are about to drop a pair of collab watches featuring a distinctive honeycomb dial.
The 17.09 MING x Massena LAB Limited Edition watches, with black and honey-colored dials, also represent the first time MING has ever collaborated.
While Honeycomb dials are a collector favorite found on a number of mid-century vintage watches including Rolex and Omega models, MING and Massena LAB take the term far more literally than most, with a perfect hexagonal matrix neatly framed by a circular brushed outer ring.
The watch’s Arabic hour markers have been laser engraved onto the reverse of the sapphire crystal and filled with Super-LumiNova to preserve the clean lines of the dial and introduce a floating, three dimension effect, which also exposes more of the luminous material, making for a brighter glow in low-light conditions. Both brand logos are given equal-billing, positioned at the three and nine o’clock positions.
Ming’s signature 38mm 17.09 case shape, with its flared lugs, is presented here in a mix of brushed and polished finishes. The watches use a Sellita SW330-2, modified by Schwarz-Etienne to include an independent hour hand adjustment to preserve timekeeping accuracy when adjusting for timezones or daylight savings.
Both watches drop on Thursday May 20 at 10:30am EST, via Massena LAB. Just 50 honey-dialed examples were be produced, priced $2,795 USD, while 150 black-dialed pieces will be offered for $2,595 USD.
Thien was a renowned watch photographer and chief of strategy at high-end camera brand, Hasselblad, before launching MING, while William Massena ran the Timezone forum, before serving as Chief Operating Officer at watch auction house, Antiquorum, before setting up Massena LAB.
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