MING is a horological collective formed and fully funded by six enthusiasts from around the world under the leadership of Ming Thein, a photographer, designer, business strategist and above all, a lover of watches. Together, the MING team draws from over 80 years of total experience collecting fine timepieces – ranging from vintage to avant-garde; from quality affordables to six-figure commissioned independent pieces.
When we started collecting, iconic pieces were more accessible, and a genuine sense of value and joy accompanied each acquisition. Our goal with MING is to bring back this sense of excitement and discovery through a series of pieces that show considered deliberation and refinement in every detail but remain accessible to a wider audience. We will be the first to admit that we don't manufacture in-house, but rather use the most appropriate suppliers for the design intent and price point. The majority of our suppliers also work with major Swiss brands; assembly, regulation and testing are performed in Switzerland, with final quality control done personally in Malaysia.
We are proud to have been recognized by the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève on no less than four occasions: as a finalist in 2018 with the 19.01; winner of the Horological Revelation prize in 2019 with the 17.06; with Ming Thein and Dr. Magnus Bosse invited to the Academy for 2020 and 2021; and as a finalist in 2020 edition with the 27.01 and 18.01 H41.
MING is our way of sharing our experience with enthusiasts who want to discover watchmaking substance beyond brand, for budding aficionados and seasoned collectors alike. We have released no fewer than 43 models in the short time since our public launch in August 2017, including several via the experimental Special Projects Cave.
MING is a registered trademark in Switzerland and Malaysia and represented by Horologer MING Sdn Bhd (1255711-P), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.