Singer Reimagined, makers of the Track 1 – arguably one of 2017’s hottest chronographs – have unveiled a third version of their award-winning chronograph. The new model, Track 1 Hong Kong edition, features a new aluminum ceramic case and is limited to just 50 pieces.
It may be recalled that in January this year, the brand unveiled its sophomore release, the Track 1 Geneva Edition, a cleaner and more exclusive yellow gold version of the original iteration. Singer Reimagined is a new Geneva-based micro brand and is the handiwork of Rob Dickinson, the founder of Singer Vehicle Design, and Marco Borraccino, the former design head of Panerai. The duo shares a deep interest in design and engineering, which include iconic sport-classic chronographs of the late 1960s and 70s.
For their third model, the worked with technical partner DelWest to create the aluminum-ceramic case. The 43 mm barrel-shaped case is created by a process called electro-plasma oxidation wherein the surface layer of a special, aerospace-grade aluminum alloy is transformed into ceramic. The result is a matte-black case combining exceptional scratch, wear and corrosion resistance with the lightness of its aluminum core.
The crown and pushers – located on either side of the case - are made from grade-5 titanium that has been treated with a black DLC coating. The case is 15-mm-thick and is water-resistant to 100 meters.
The black dial is similar to the used on the Geneva edition, a cleaner version of the first iteration. Bright orange accents dominate the dial and form a pleasing contrast with the black color scheme of the watch. Time of the day is displayed in the very unique Singer Reimagined style. A static orange index at 6 o’clock points indicates time via two matte black ceramic turning discs with luminescent white numerals: the inner disk for the minutes and the outer disk for the hours. The tachymeter scale sits on a bright orange that skirts the minutes disk and brings a pop of color to the black dial.
Singer Reimagined makes their watches complicated but their complexity is hidden within (although still visible through the sapphire caseback). The business end of the Track 1 is a sight to behold - the hidden peripheral rotor of the Agengraphe, created by Jean-Marc Wiederrecht of Agenhor, can trick folks into believing this is a handwound movement.
The Hong Kong edition is paired with a new sporty technical textile strap perforated with brushed grade 5 titanium screw-down rivets. The strap features stitching in a matching orange color seen on the dial and is secured with a folding clasp whose opening spring takes the shape of the brand’s logo. A limited edition of 50 watches, the Track1 Hong Kong edition can be at The Lavish Attic, one of Hong Kong’s most exclusive purveyors of fine timepieces and is available for pre-order beginning today with deliveries as of September 2018. It is priced at CHF44,500 ($44,600 or AED163,780).