Timing or Tian Ming is a Hong Kong-based watchmaker which started its operations way back in 1982. The company was founded by an independent watchmaker based in Italy with the goal of creating timepieces that combine Italian sculpture making and architectural styles. Thanks to the creative integration of two worlds, Timing was able to produce uniquely designed watches that celebrate the human spirit of passion and creativity.
And as of today, Timing serves more than 65 countries worldwide. Timing specializes in making skeleton watches, watches with a gemstone dial, and timepieces with a dial made of painted porcelain. They have a plethora of highly unique and different designs that will draw attention and I think the CLASSIC 154 is something worth looking at.
Timing sent me this piece for review and they were very obliging with support and troubleshooting on a previous piece that they’ve sent previously.
The Classic – 154
The Classic – 154 measures 43mm in diameter and 13.80mm in height. Its case is made of stainless steel for a sturdy build that can withstand bumps and shocks. It has a mineral crystal that protects the watch face. Mineral crystal is also used in the transparent caseback of the watch. The dial features a date aperture situated at the 3 o’clock position. The Classic – 154 also features an onion style crown similar to those seen in more expensive brands.
It has a 22mm strap that’s made of genuine leather with a pin buckle clasp at the ends. It will snuggly fit on most wrist sizes, it fits my tiny 6inch wrist perfectly and the strap feels decent.
It’s splash resistant up to a depth of 30m of depth. It can withstand sudden water splashes and submersions but it’s not meant to be worn while swimming.
Timing provides a 2-year warranty to their products but only the dial, the hands, and the movement are the components covered by this. The watch will be repaired or replaced right away for free if Timing proves that the issue came from a factory defect.
Delivery worldwide is free on orders exceeding $380. It may take up to 14 working days to receive your orders.
Design and Movement
The captivating feature the Classic – 154 offers is the dual time zone function and the way it’s presented to the wearer.
You’ll see that only the seconds hand is present at the center of the timepiece. The two time zones are displayed using in their two beautifully beveled subdials located on the 12 o’clock and 6 o’clock positions. One subdial has a minute and hour hand and the hour indicators are written in Roman numerals. The other subdial only has the hour hand and markers written in Arabic numerals.
It took me some time to get used to reading the time on the Timing Classic. Generally, when I do go back to wear my other pieces that are more traditional with their time reading, it completely throws me off when I wear the Timing classic watch.
The dial features a black and white panda-style color combination featuring blue hands I love the color scheme of the watch and the Hour markers are indicated by metallic strips. There are also minute markers written in Arabic numerals which are situated on the outer ring of the dial.
The Classic – 154 runs on a mechanical self-winding movement so you won’t have to worry about replacing batteries. However I am not sure what kind of movement this piece runs. The automatic movement’s rotor is quite noisy to my liking, however, the watch does hold its time quite well with a 40-hour power reserve.
The Unboxing Experience
The Timing watch comes in a nice protective faux leather case which houses the manual and warranty card in a spacious top section, a flap separates the watch from in the bottom section for optimal protection and doubles as a good watch travel case.
In regards to the price point compared to many other watch companies, I think Timings packaging does fall a little short as is does look a little tacky with the gold foil print on the case. I would suggest a nice beveled logo or something more subtle.
Who is it for?
This watch is for enthusiasts who want to experiment with highly unique and little known watch companies who can afford it. Its a great looking for dress occasions or business/travel watch that offers a two-time zone functionality. Its eccentric layout will surely captivate the eye of someone who prefers a watch with a unique flavor that only a few brands offer.
Pros and Cons
Here are some of the pros and cons of the Timing Classic – 154:
- Elegant design panda-like design
- Unique dial style for displaying two time zones
- Splash resistant up to 30m
- There were heavy scuff marks on the crown when I got it despite the heavy duty protective case
- The engraving on the rotor looks smudged and the movement looks a little rough to the eye.
- There seem to be small particles that have entered into the case during assembly from looking at the dial close up.
The Timing Classic – 154 is priced at $700 and for a dress watch that offers two time zones perfect for a frequent traveler. But It makes me wonder if the price tag is worth it despite some of the aforementioned problems in the cons section, at the same time, the Timing brand isn’t as well-known when you compared to many Swiss, American, or German watchmakers reviewed here. The products Timing deliver seem to have good potential if there was more attention to detail.
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