Before we commence our survey of the MING 17.06 Slate, here’s the connect to the brand’s for ordering. As I’ll notice in a matter of seconds, MING watches sell rapidly – so in the event that you like what you see, hit the link. Now for the review…
Regrets, I have a few…
When it comes to watch gatherers, they generally have laments – otherwise called “the ones that got away”. I’m rather lucky in light of the fact that my rundown of “should’ve, could’ve, would’ve” pieces is moderately short. Way back in 2011, I discovered (all the more unequivocally, my Dad alarmed me) a stunning Rolex Red Submariner in Canada. That was a success, yet they additionally ended up having a late 60’s GMT-Master 1675 for something like 5,500 Loonies and both my Dad and I chose not to buy it. Mistake. Then there was a weirdo Ricoh jumper that I downright neglected to offer on that sold for $400. Aside from both of those watches beginning with a “R”, they had minimal in common. Those were likewise for a spell back, yet there was a later deplorable second for me and it’s one that goes into my brain with relative recurrence and that was the MING 18.01 Abyss Concept . To revive your memory, MING chose to try things out of the apparatus watch pool with a very restricted run of 10 watches that resembled no other jumper I’d at any point seen (you can see each of the 10 above). I got the opportunity to get one, however a specific Speedmaster made of the valuable stuff sort of got in my way. The Speedy wasn’t an error, yet reviles to terrible timing! Well, author Ming Thein freely declared on our Facebook page that I may get an opportunity at recovery eventually, so let’s hope. But device watches aren’t the brand’s bread and butter and when they reached me about investigating a pristine watch – the MING 17.06 Slate – this was an offer I just couldn’t refuse.
The MING 17.06 Slate is…wow
The MING 17.06 Slate is another piece from the little autonomous brand that was made as somewhat of a festival of the brand’s GPHG 2019 Horological Revelation-winning 17.06 Copper (as seen above). The underlying run of the Copper piece sold out in a flash (300 will be made every year), except you currently get the opportunity to get one of 200 yearly bits of a “Slate” shading variation beginning today.
Unboxing the MING 17.06 Slate denoted the first run through I’d at any point gone up close and personal with one of the company’s watches and my underlying response was in all honesty, “holy sh*t!” A ton of watches come across my work area and a ton of them are truly decent, yet this looked and felt next level from the beginning. I’ll put forth a valiant effort to clarify why I feel that is.
The Detail Work Could Easily Play at 3-4X the Price
From the second I saw the emblazoned and finished slip case style box, I realized I was managing something of an alternate quality level. Opening the case uncovered a graceful dark cowhide travel case from Studio Koji Sato that wouldn’t watch strange when combined with a watch from one of the “holy trinity” brands. Opening that up brought the previously mentioned exclamation filled moment. From the cleaned bezel to the inconceivably extraordinary dial, the MING 17.06 Slate simply feels special. Honestly, if Grand Seiko was the world’s greatest deal (they’re as yet stunning, however they’ve unquestionably sneaked in value), MING could actually qualify as the better approach to get fine watchmaking at a deal price.
The MING 17.06 Slate has a hypnotizing dial. The external ring incidentally turns out to be made of sapphire and it takes on a lustrous, skimming look when seen at different angles. You can see above how it assumes the appearance of fluid glass (that’s in reality genuine fluid as downpour sitting on the level sapphire gem) and it’s delightfully done. Super-LumiNova C1 is imprinted on the sapphire ring in a style that’s suggestive of the majority of MING’s watches. It’s clear, rather current and partitions the dial in a non-fastidious manner. I can say the equivalent regarding those basically, yet cunningly etched hands. Look intently at the middle pinion; it’s a particularly made detail. But where the cash is made, in my view, relates to the designed focus segment of the dial. This part starts as a straightforward piece of metal that experiences a carving interaction to convey that spiraling checkerboard effect. It’s at that point anodized to give it the dim, inky shading you see before you. Yes, the perfection of the external ring plays magnificently against the busier internal area to make a look that more than helps one to remember incredibly, costly autonomous watches. But hitherto, I’ve yammered on about the mysterious dial and what’s a dial without a case?
More than simply a beautiful face…MING 17.06 Slate
At 38mm and an entirely wearable 43.9mm haul to drag, the specs looked great on paper for the MING 17.06 Slate, however there was one concern I had and that identified with the outward streaming lugs. In pictures, they nearly look exaggerated. Well, face to face I can reveal to you that they’re in extent and truly present an extraordinary style compared to most watches. And, similar to the dial printing, these carries alongside the smooth cleaned bezel have helped structure a profoundly unmistakable plan language for the brand.
Ditto that conclusion on the finely furrowed and marked crown. It has an onion shape and adds a bit of steampunk to the generally design. The push/pull crown is exceptionally material and feels decent between the thumb and pointer finger. But back to that case. It’s finely brushed on its flanks and cleaned to an ideal beam on top. The advances are sharp and the general quality is of something that could without much of a stretch discover its way to your neighborhood top of the line jeweler.
I’m even an aficionado of the very much made case back on the MING 17.06 Slate. For this situation, the incubate is secured by six level head screws. These latches complement an engraved case back with all the specifics, for example, the chronic number, model, material make up, 100 meters of water obstruction and some development info. I like the way that the case back takes on a bowl shape; it’s only one all the more dazzling form.
This MING utilizes an ETA 2824-2
The MING 17.06 Slate uses a programmed ETA 2824-2 in its top form. The piece has been changed, so there’s no date stop on the crown. But more amazingly, the development has been acclimated to five positions. Some will peer down on the utilization of a particularly common development, yet when we get to the estimating of this watch, I think you’ll concur that a best in class rendition of an exceptionally functional development that’s been altered is a more than reasonable choice.
On the Wrist
It should come as nothing unexpected that the MING 17.06 Slate works brilliantly on the wrist. It’s an inadequate 10mm thick and that makes things profoundly wearable. Furthermore, the watch comes on an amazingly top notch dark alcantara lash with blue stitching.
That 20mm lash comes kindness of tie creator (side note: I circumstantially strolled by Rousseau’s shop in London close to Jermyn Street this previous weekend…nice stuff!) and tightens to a 18mm marked pin buckle.
It likewise contains snappy delivery spring bars for simple lash changes. The tie was comfortable and works for wrists from 6.1″ – 8.3″; it fit my little wrists without issue.
Final Thoughts and Pricing
The MING 17.06 Slate comes in at 1,250 CHF and thinking about the degree of completing and tender loving care, I discover that to be incredibly reasonable. truth be told, for this cash, there’s little else in the oft-exhausting dress(ier) watch office that can compete. I mean, truly, would you rather have this or one of quite a few major brand section level extravagance Swiss watches that are valued in this range? I thought so. But here’s the issue and why I presented the connection on MING’s official site at the absolute starting point: MING watches sell out always. Only 200 of these pieces will be made and will start delivering in March 2020. Another 200 will be made every year and that’s decent, however you’ll need to act rapidly if holding up isn’t your game. This most up to date 17.06 is a damn pleasant watch and on the off chance that you think you need one, do it and do it soon. Otherwise, you’ll need to haul around laments like I do.