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New release by MING - The MING 18.01 Abyss Concept

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At 40mm in diameter and less than 14mm in height (46mm L2L), the MING 18.01 Abyss Concept for the first time uses stainless steel as its case material, former MING watches were made of titanium.

Another obvious change and novelty to MING is the use of a seconds hand. MING went for a rock solid ETA 2824-2 which is missing the date wheel. The modification was done by La Division du Temps (Schwarz-Etienne owned) in addition to this the movements are adjusted to five positions.

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In addition to the sapphire crystal, the outer edge of the dial is actually crafted of composite sapphire – similar to what has been used in 17.01 and 17.03 MING models.

The Abyss Concept is made in Switzerland and will be available from Friday, 28 June exclusively at www.ming.watch. Each of the ten watches is priced at CHF 6,500 and deliveries begin immediately.

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I like the design, and likely the lume. But at that price... no where near enough.

I predict it will sell like hotcakes though. They have a strong following in southeast Asia.
 
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I like the design, and likely the lume. But at that price... no where near enough.

I predict it will sell like hotcakes though. They have a strong following in southeast Asia.
There are only ten and it looks like they sold out in minutes.

I really like Ming and I'm curious to see what they do with divers in the future. But this watch was way too pricey even if it was a tiny run.


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I prefer their other releases but it's not a bad looking watch - definitely see the Ming DNA - but that price is pretty steep!
 

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Not bad looking. I would have preferred an embossed bezel instead of smooth one but I'm sure it's part of the design. I'm sure they'll find 10 folks interested in scooping them up.
 

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Priced as a Rolex Sub and powered by a fashion calibre. Aesthetically, the second hand doesn’t work. The lollipop and the stainless steel case kills the Ming DNA. The bezel and the inner lume ring though works pretty well. I am sure that these watches will find 10 happy owners, but the only appeal of the watch is its scarcity. Pass.
 

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Priced as a Rolex Sub and powered by a fashion calibre. Aesthetically, the second hand doesn’t work. The lollipop and the stainless steel case kills the Ming DNA. The bezel and the inner lume ring though works pretty well. I am sure that these watches will find 10 happy owners, but the only appeal of the watch is its scarcity. Pass.
I'm going to assume you just woke up daft today. ETA 2824 is a highly respected and capable caliber used by a lot of established watchmakers.
 

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This is a quite a wide miss for me, and I used to own a Ming 17.01 and have met with the man himself. I know that they were having difficulty bringing a diver to life, one that has its own characteristics and in keeping with their company philosophy (a lot of people seem to forget how hard that is without it looking like an homage to a Sub). I have a feeling this model is a precursor to a more affordable version once they have nailed the concept. That pricing is a real head scratcher though, and I can only assume it is to help fund more research into a new model.
 

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I generally welcome an ETA in a +$1,000 watch as long as the design, build and finish is commensurate to the price (I don’t need the servicing costs, parts availability issues, etc of in house movements), but for $6,500...yikes. It better be a chronometer at least.
 
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Looks neat.

I'm amazed, however, that Ming managed to innovate so much and create the novelty known as "a seconds hand". Truly, astounding, for only $6000 of so, we can finally experience the novelty of a seconds hand on a watch. Wow.

Pretty shameful advertisement take. Thought you knew better, herr Mike.

If this was around $800 or so, I'd be interested. As is is, for the price, it's beyond ridiculous.
 

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Price aside... a diver with a nearly unmarked and smooth bezel seems a little weird to me. Sacrificed usefullness of the bezel for the style. Overall I like the looks - sort of space-age - but it doesn't seem like a diver in terms of being functionality driven.
 
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