Just over a year ago, the Malaysian brand Ming, a relative newcomer to the watch world, introduced us to their 19.01. The 19.01 was a time-only piece, a worthy sophomore effort after Ming burst on the scene with their 17.01 a few months earlier (click here for our review of the 17.03 GMT). Now they’ve come up with a world-timer, the 19.02, a great follow up to the 19.01. The 19.02 is visually similar to the 19.01, but with a rose gold-plated, microrotor-driven movement that’s sandwiched between several layers of sapphire. This unique use of sapphire—not only for the front and back crystals, but the dial as well—coupled with a case made of grade 5 titanium make for a visually stunning piece.
Both front and rear crystals are sapphire, each treated on both sides with double-sided antireflective coating. The front crystal is nicely domed, harking back to the domed plexiglass crystals of yesteryear.
But the real eye-catcher is the sapphire dial. No indices or applied markers here. Just a simple cross-hair to aid in quickly reading the time. The dial features a radial gradient from black at the center to transparent at the edge, with a masked ring to allow the world-time disks to be visible. This transparent edge allows a peek at the rose gold-plated movement beneath.