Singer Reimagined, a sister company of Singer Vehicle Design, the acclaimed Californian outfit that modifies 964-series Porsche 911s, made its debut in 2017 with the Track 1 – a watch with a retro case but an ingenious, modern movement.
The brand has since introduced several limited editions for key cities, including Geneva and Hong Kong. Now, to coincide with Dubai Watch Week, it is launching the Track 1 Emirates Edition, a smartly coloured iteration with contrasting dial textures for more intuitive reading.
Measuring 43mm wide and 15mm high, the watch features a ceramic-coated aluminium case, created by subjecting aluminium to an electro-plasma oxidation process that creates a thin layer of ceramic on its surface. This gives the case a hard, scratch-resistant surface while keeping it lightweight, although the coating can be damaged by impact.
In the same vein, the bezel, pushers, crown and case back are in titanium, but coated with zirconium nitride (ZrN), a hard ceramic that is pale gold in colour.
The dial features black, concentric hour and minutes discs on the periphery with an olive-green centre and a gilt tachymeter flange, while all the hands are orange.
The watch is otherwise mechanically identical to the standard versions. It is equipped with one of the most revolutionary chronograph movements of recent times – the AgenGraphe, which was developed by Agenhor, a respected Geneva complications specialist led by Jean-Marc Wiederrecht.
Boasting five patents for its construction, the AgenGraphe is a cleverly constructed automatic movement with its rotor hidden beneath the dial to allow for an unobscured view of the movement from the back.
While a regular chronograph would have its chronograph mechanism built atop the gear train, the AgenGraphe has its double mainspring barrels, wheel train and escapement positioned on the circumference of the movement, surrounding the chronograph mechanism in the middle.
More crucially, at the heart of the chronograph mechanism is the AgenClutch, a patented clutch that combines the best of both horizontal and vertical clutches, with none of its shortcomings.
It is, in other words, a horizontal clutch with two toothless wheels, coated with a diamond nickel composite, that are friction-coupled like a vertical clutch. But in the event of shock, a tulip-shaped spring allows the wheels to safely move apart, while staying in alignment relative to each other thanks to a co-axial toothed wheel.
Additionally, the parts are finished to Geneva Seal standards with circular graining on the main plate, straight graining on the bridges and bevelled edges, along with polished countersinks for the jewels and screws, while the wheels have bevelled spokes.
Key facts and price
Singer Track 1 Emirates Edition
Material: Case body in ceramic-coated aluminium; bezel, case back, pushers, crown in ZrN-coated titanium
Water resistance: 100m
Movement: AgenGraphe cal. 6361
Functions: Hours, minutes, central chronograph
Frequency: 21,600bph, or 3Hz
Power reserve: 55 hours
Strap: Khaki green textile with a black DLC-coated steel buckle
Limited edition: 25 pieces
Availability: Direct from Singer Reimagined as well as authorised retailers
Price: 50,000 Swiss francs, including 8% VAT
For more information, visit Singerreimagined.com
Correction November 27, 2019: The edition is 25 pieces, and not 20 as stated previously.Back to top.