It’s clear by now that MING has had a significant impact on the lives of the entire team - but it’s been personally memorable for slightly different reasons. I am the youngest member of Team MING and it’s not everyday you're invited to be part of an undertaking like this. While some still think I’m crazy for my career choices, it’s been a defining experience - personally and professionally - and a choice that I would happily repeat.
Over the past year, there have been sleepless nights, countless expletives and far too many cigars expended at problems we could have never predicted, but we’ve also met fellow watch enthusiasts and collectors - many of whom we now call friends - and witnessed sketches on a piece of paper transform into watches on customers wrists. I remain convinced that the whole team is mildly masochistic, for that’s the only way to thrive amid all the various curveballs and surprises (both good and bad) that the year has thrown at us.
I am and will always be grateful to MT for conscripting me into this craziness we call a watch brand and to the team for their confidence and trust in me. As Dr. Bosse mentioned, these are some of the finest gentlemen, I’ve had the pleasure of working with.
Finally - I would be remiss to not thank our production partners, friends in the media and of course, our customers, for all their support. None of this would be possible without all of you.
Here’s to an exciting second year! -PRS
Friends. We all need friends. And it’s great when your friend understands what you mean when you bring up numbers like “7001”, “2892”, “15202”, “1815” or phrases like, “15mm is too thick for a 38mm”, “that devil's tail” or “those heat-blued hands”. For many years, I did not realize that I was the odd one out among my friends - almost no one quite understood my obsession with watches, much less how I made a living with them. Then along came a few more obsessives like myself. People who, thankfully, have the ability to imagine, execute and present ideas and concepts better than I can possibly think to achieve. And I’m proud to call these guys my colleagues and proud to be a member of Team MING. =)
And as a Malaysian, I’m proud to have contributed in some small way to putting us on the horological world map. Last but not least, I am grateful to everyone - our customers, friends in the media and production partners - who has helped us achieve what we have. I look forward to the years to come. Happy birthday MING and Selamat Hari Merdeka to my fellow Malaysians reading this! -JL
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