Singer Reimagined, makers of the Track 1 have unveiled a fifth version of their award-winning chronograph. The new model, Track 1 Emirates Edition, features a khaki green dial and an aluminum ceramic case. The watch is limited to just 25 pieces and is being launched in time for Dubai Watch Week 2019.
Singer Reimagined is a 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.
The Emirates Edition follows the same template as the other city editions that have come in the past – Geneva, Hong Kong and London. For their latest model, the brand uses the same aluminum-ceramic case it developed with DelWest for the Hong Kong edition. 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. While the middle case is made of black ceramic aluminum, the bezel and caseback are made from Grade 5 Titanium that’s been given a gold ZrN (Zirconium Nitride) coating to improve its corrosion resistance and hardness. The crown, chronograph pushers are also made from the same material.
The khaki green dial has a radially brushed finish. The unconventional display of time and chronograph functions are a Track 1 signature. The chronograph function takes center-stage on the dial, the minutes, hour and seconds hand of the chronograph have an orange hue that contrast well against this green dial. The hours and minutes indicated from the center of the dial (like in a traditional timepiece) is actually the elapsed minutes and seconds of the chronograph. The time of the day is indicated on the periphery of the dial, hours and minutes are displayed at 6 o’clock by the small indicator set just above 2 rotating discs. The gold accents of the case are matched on the dial as well. A golden flange holds the tachymetric scale while the numerals on the rotating hours and minutes disc are also in gold.
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 movement is equipped with a series of snail cams, which enable the centralized chronograph indications. The use of a novel clutch system allows for a smoother operation of the chronograph. The movement is composed of 477 parts, has a 3 Hz escapement, and a power reserve of 60 hours.
As mentioned before, the watch is limited to just 25 pieces and is priced at CHF50,000 (excluding VAT).