The complete set of images from my exhibition with Jaeger Le-Coultre and Leica

For those of you who can’t make the exhibition in person, here’s the next best thing.

For the making of, see this post. MT

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Amvox 5 chronograph detail

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Amvox 5 Chronograph

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The Deep Sea in a dial

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Trilobed chaton, Master Minute Repeater

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Master Minute Repeater

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Duometre a Spherotourbillon

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If only we could wear it upside down…

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The Spherotourbillon cage

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Duometre a Sphertourbillon in recline

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Duometre a Sphertourbillon movement detail

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Duometre 40.5

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For the ladies

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Escapement – Gyrotourbillon II

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Caged – Gyrotourbillon I

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Follow the sun – equation of time indicator on the Gyrotourbillon I

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Swan Lake in a dial

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X-ray vision

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Gyrotourbillon II

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Gyrotourbillon II

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Three is the magic number

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Waiting to be wound

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Moon and stars a Rendez-Vous

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The world on your wrist


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  1. Rafael Macia says:

    I use the same equipment. On the VIII I use a 65 Black Elmar. I own the 90 Macro. Never occurred to attach it to the Viso. Leica is always a sharper knife. Good luck to you. Excellent work!
    Rafael Macia

    • Thanks! Give it a try! Works great with the bare viso, or bellows.

      • Rafael Macia says:

        Is the black Leitz adaptor ring I see you use to attach a bayonet lens to the front of your Bellows II a, “UOOND”/16596 ? ( a ring actually made for the earlier model Bellows I) ?
        Visoflex is the ultimate in esoteric plumbing !

  2. michael says:

    Stunning! The artisans who create these must love the way that you highlight all of the details of these amazing pieces. Nicely done!

  3. Chris Ellison says:

    These truly are an example of a craft taken to it’s highest level. I love your work and this blog has become one of the first sites I visit each day.

  4. Robert Stark says:

    Ming, like Mann Ray shooting for Vogue, your “commercial work” is also art. In your work you maintain the highest level of craftsmanship and artistic sensitivity. These photographs are a pleasure to behold apart from any of their intended commercial purposes.

    Those students of photography are fortunate indeed who are able to take classes or attend workshops under your direction.

    Oh, and to continue our discussion of colour and black and white, the colour works so very well here, as does your black and white — and in some the colour is so subtle and unsaturated that one is at first glance not sure. It reminds me that both are wonderful — just as the paintings and drawings of a master are both wonderful although the viewer may be affected differently by the mediums.

    If I were a museum curator, I’d buy your photographs rather than the watches.


    • Thanks Robert. I wish I could say these were commercial beyond the gallery exhibition, but they weren’t…one day, perhaps I will be able to afford to buy the watches I photograph!

      In all seriousness, fine art prints can be arranged if you’re interested – let me know.

      • Robert Stark says:

        I’m surprised to learn that the photographs aren’t used in print advertisements.

        As for exhibiting them on my own walls at home (where I also work), alas with two young children continually turning our small apartment upside down (Naples comes to mind, if you know that city), we don’t have the proper environment to display your wonderful photographs. You make me wish I were a museum curator or at least a gallery owner but I’m not and this compliment, I’m afraid, therefore is “cold comfort” to you.

        • Haha, well, it happens – I was going to suggest the office, but it doesn’t sound like that’s workable either since it’s also doing double duty as home. Perhaps next time!

  5. Absolutely captivating and inspiring. Wonderful images Ming.

  6. Andy Selinger says:

    Love your website and photos! Your fine art watch series shows skill, control, variety and inventiveness. Great work !!!

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