There are a lot of travel watches on the market. You can find one to fit almost any mood, price bracket, and level of complication. If you’ve got the GDP of a small country to spend, you can spring for a Patek Philippe 5130. Fancy, functional, and robust? A G-Shock will tell you the time happily wherever you are and whichever way up you happen to be. If you prefer a bit more “form-follows-function.” then you can buckle on a Nomos Weltzeit with your black rollneck. It’s a tough segment to dent with a new watch, but that’s just what Ming Watches are trying to do with their new 17.03.
The watch follows on from the 17.01 (there’s a appealing, neat logic to Ming’s model numbering) and shares the case material (albeit a different grade of titanium) and design feel. Despite this, Ming points out that things are different with the ‘03, “Though the 17.03 appears to be a very close relative of the 17.01, we have in fact completely re-examined and re-engineered every single element of the watch and upgraded all components.”Our own Sean Lorentzen has already given the low-down on Ming Thein, the driving force behind the eponymous watch range, in his coverage of the earlier 17.01. But Ming makes his view about travel watches clear. “We challenged ourselves to define the essentials we sought in a travel companion, and narrowed it down to an easily adjustable second timezone.”