The 19.02 builds on the success of the GPHG-finalist 19.01 by adding two important features: a world time complication, and wear-readiness thanks to a microrotor automatic movement. The 19.02 retains our signature gradient sapphire dial, now in black, with a masked section for a titanium 24 hour disk under the dial that displays time across the marked timezones.
We chose to make the cities static and the 24 hour disk rotate, as numbers are easier to recognise at a glance than airport codes. The cities are printed under the sapphire to be almost on the same level as the 24 hour disk and minimize parallax while simultaneously creating the impression of a completely seamless display. We’ve also added a crosshair to assist in fast indexing and reading of time. The 19.02 is also probably one of the few world time watches with Kuala Lumpur on the dial, reflecting our home.
A different mood
Though the 19.02 shares the same index markings, gradient sapphire dial, case and hands, the feel of the watch is substantially different to the 19.01 due to the rose gold movement peeking through the edges of the dial: it has a warm, classical palette as opposed to a cool, modern one. The additional 0.3mm overall thickness required for the world time complication has been accommodated into the front box sapphire crystal, with a slightly greater radius of curvature to evoke the feel of vintage Plexiglas.
Uniqueness in construction and details
The 19.02’s case – in reality a thin titanium band holding the two deep-box sapphire crystals together – is made from grade 5 titanium with a mixture of mirror-polished and finely brushed surfaces. It is once again constructed without a spacer ring for maximum rigidity. The dial is where the 19.02 is truly unique: made of sapphire, we use a unique lacquer process to achieve a deep black in the center, and fully transparent edges to allow some of the movement’s rose gold baseplate to be seen. It also has the deep reflective lustre reminiscent of enamel. All printed markings are on the underside of the dial to achieve a seamless look.
New movement, new finishing
We renew our partnership with Manufacture Schwarz-Etienne to power the 19.02: this time with a variant of their in-house microrotor automatic, the ASE220.1, in a unique configuration for MING. The movement features skeletonized bridges, a matte-blasted 5N rose gold coating and hand-finished polished anglage. It has a power reserve of approximately 70 hours and is wound bidirectionally by a rotor made of sintered tungsten. Once again, the signature MING skeletonized barrel cover allows for easy determination of the state of wind of the movement. As with the 19.01, the movement is adjusted in five positions and tested for an extended period prior to delivery.