When you consider the big picture, there aren’t numerous contrasts between one dashing chronograph and the following. Obviously, plans can be diverse however the rudiments are there: 2 pushers, 3 registers, a fixed bezel with tachymeter scale, dark or silver dials with hued complements! These highlights feel so natural that it immediately turned into the norm… however not for everybody! Some believed that a hustling chronograph could be reexamined, reimagined and reshaped to offer something new, unique and, eventually, profoundly alluring. This has a name: the Singer Reimagined Track 1 , and today we investigate the Geneva Edition and its wonderful light yellow gold case.
Reinventing the hustling chronograph… 60 years of non-evolution
Getting free of the rudiments of an idea so particularly meaningful as the dashing chronograph isn’t simple (by any stretch of the imagination). This particular class of watches has clear principles and is characterized by two of the most famous watches at any point made: the Rolex Daytona and the Omega Speedmaster (and the Heuer Carrera simply behind). Shockingly, the two of them are not difficult to distinguish and simultaneously, they are incredibly comparable with regards to determinations and idea: outside bezel with tachymeter, dark or white dials with differentiating sub-dials on certain editions, perfect and intelligible shading plans, tri-register show, lively and strong steel cases, two pushers… And the entirety of that was set up in the last part of the 1950s or mid 1960s – and altogether decency, things haven’t changed definitely since then.
The fundamental idea of the hustling chronograph as far as we might be concerned today has been to a great extent characterized by these two watches, which are as yet the initial two watches you consider with regards to naming a dashing chronograph. Whatever the developments, the expansion of programmed developments, the new materials, the update of shadings, the idea is still the very same (a circumstance that likewise applies to jump watches, coincidentally). There should be a consoling inclination about this idea. With regards to reconsidering a particularly famous and dug in idea, barely any attempted and significantly less succeeded. This is the place where Singer, genuine newcomers in the watchmaking business (in any event, as a brand), steps in to break the rules.
Singer Reimagined is the brainchild of three men, with three distinct foundations. One is a vehicle originator with an energy for 1970s dashing chronographs, one is an Italian watch fashioner and the third is a Swiss development creator and notable pioneer. The primary thought of these three gentlemen has been to change the dashing chronograph, to take this fundamental capacity back to middle of everyone’s attention, as the superstar. This is how the Singer Reimagined Track 1 has been shaped.
From Singer to Singer Reimagined
As we disclosed to you the first occasion when we covered the brand, there’s a solid association between the watchmaking and the vehicle industries. Car folks are often watch folks and the other way around. Singer Reimagined (the watch brand) has a solid connection with Singer Vehicle Design (the vehicle maker) and the two universes joined to make another watch concept.
Singer Vehicle Design was established in 2009 by Rob Dickinson with aim of reestablishing, reconsidering and rebirthing the most dynamite air-cooled Porsche 911 – a blend of wistfulness, innovation and intensity that brought about probably the coolest retro-roused vehicles we’ve at any point got the opportunity to see. Burglarize with Singer was to offer the most amazing aspect the vintage plan with the most awesome aspect present day mechanics. To put it plainly, what you’ll see is a 1970s air-cooled 911 and what you’ll drive is essentially a cutting edge and forceful tuned Carrera.
With making a watch, Rob collaborated with two men with a genuine watchmaking track-record: Marco Borraccino (a watch planner, who in addition to other things drove the plan group at Panerai for quite a while) and Jean-Marc Wiederrecht (ace watchmaker and originator of Agenhor). The thought behind the watch was equivalent to the vehicles: under a nostalgic and vintage-motivated plan shrouds super present day mechanics. The last uppercut came from Wiederrecht, who spent several years building up a progressive chronograph with the very focus sign that Borraccino had at the top of the priority list when initially outlining the Singer watch… The Track 1 was conceived, considering the plan to change the impression of what a dashing chronograph can be.
To better comprehend the thought behind the making of Singer Reimagined, investigate our video with Rob Dickinson here .
Singer Reimagined – An issue of display
While most chronographs are above all else watches with an extra capacity added to their dial, the Singer Reimagined Track 1 is as a matter of first importance a chronograph that also shows the time. All important focal point is involved by the chronograph and time is consigned to the outskirts of the dial, as though it was the complication – in watchmaking, a complication is each capacity notwithstanding the hours, minutes and seconds. For Singer, the fundamental center was to have the chronograph as the foundation of this watch and not the opposite.
Besides the “reimagined” thought that fills in as an adage for the brand, the idea was to change the manner in which the chronograph is generally perused on a watch, this time not with 1 or 2 sub-counters and a focal seconds hand, however with all the signs put directly in the center of the watch with an exemplary 360° pivot of the hands in a co-hub way. As should be obvious, the focal piece of the watch, delimited by the gold tachymeter ring, comprises 3 focal hands – one for the seconds, one for the minutes and one for the hours – and they are completely equipped to enlist time frames. At the point when the chronograph is separated, these 3 hands point towards 12 o’clock.
The rest of the dial – its fringe to be exact – is committed to the sign of the time. Two rings, which pivot clockwise, show the hours and minutes on account of a marker put at 6 o’clock. As consistently with a particularly unique showcase of the time, the mind needs to adjust to comprehend this unnatural method to peruse the hours and minutes – yet, trust us, the transformation time frame is, indeed, exceptionally short and time-perusing rapidly becomes natural. Then again, the chronograph show is more normal than the vast majority of the watches we’ve experienced, as signs are not part into 2 or 3 distinctive sub-dials however assembled on one single pivot in a characteristic manner – one turn around the dial for 60 seconds, an hour or 12 hours. By and by, clear proof that the focal point of the Singer Reimagined Track 1 is the chronograph function.
The chronograph work is much more instinctive than most chronographs as two of the signs – the minutes and the hours – are given by bouncing hands – implying that the hand just moves once a time frame (a moment or 60 minutes) has totally passed, consequently the hand consistently focuses to the specific indication.
Singer Reimagined – An issue of mechanical Innovation
The thought of repositioning the chronograph at all important focal point was the essential idea driving the Singer Reimagined Track 1. This hosts been conceivable in light of the fact that each get-together (Rob and Marco on one side, and Jean-Marc on the other) found an answer in the other’s work. If Agenhor’s Jean-Marc Wiederrecht didn’t work on another development on one side and on the off chance that he didn’t meet with Rob and Marco, this would have been an idea as it were. Luckily this time, incredible personalities thought the same…
To have the chronograph shown on the focal piece of the movement, Wiederrecht needed to utilize some genuine imagination and numerous specialized arrangements that had never been utilized on such a development. However, not all things are completely new, as the Caliber 6361 or AgenGraphe (the name Agenhor provided for the development) stays a programmed section wheel development. Notwithstanding, all the rest is extraordinary or new.
This progressive development depends on a bunch of snail cams putting away energy for a whole moment (or hour) prior to delivering it accurately when an antenna shaft drops to produce a moment hop (which further improves clarity). The framework abstains from fluctuating powers influencing the sufficiency of the development, bringing about more noteworthy accuracy, as the hands consistently point to the wanted indication. The chronograph heart additionally considers the smooth resetting of the chronograph (evading the savage stuns of the conventional chronograph). Squeezing the reset pusher delivers the brake on the seconds haggle parts to permit the cams to slip back to their zero resting position.
The second primary advancement in the development of the Singer Reimagined Track 1 concerns the grip. Two alternatives exist in watchmaking: the outdated, space-saving, delicate yet delightful level grasp and the advanced, space-burning-through, for the most part imperceptible yet exact vertical grip – more subtleties in our specialized guide about chronographs . The recently developed AgenClutch combines the most awesome aspect the vertical and level grasp. The coupling is made on a level plane, which requires less space. However the association is made by grating between teethless wheels, much the same as vertical grasps, hence dodging the chronograph “stutter”. The two wheels are covered with Dianip to enhance the grating coefficient and an arrangement of security wheels keeps them from deindexing. Ultimately, a tulip-molded spring gives dynamic adaptability, keeping in touch in the middle of the two wheels while guaranteeing that, in the event of a stun, the security wheels are still effective.
Finally, this development is programmed, something that you can’t envision from the outset because of the shortfall of a visible rotor – or miniature rotor – on the development side. Truth be told, the development is traditionally twisted by a focal rotor, which is situated dial-side. This was conceivable essentially in light of the focal chronograph hands – implying that the rotor can pivot the focal hub (on a standard chronograph, the hub of the hands of the sub-counters would make this unthinkable). The remainder of the determinations are traditional: 3Hz recurrence and a 60-hour power reserve.
As for the visual part, the development of the Singer Reimagined Track 1 is a genuine dining experience. Complex (477 sections), huge, loaded with wheels, springs, cams and switches, with basically no extensions to conceal the artful dance of the parts… regarding visual complexity, the Caliber 6361 is positively probably the best illustration of “micro-city” fabricating. The embellishment is additionally incredibly lovely, with slim Geneva stripes, glossy cleaned inclines on the scaffolds and switches, straight and round graining… Everything you can anticipate from a particularly very good quality watch.
A cool, marginally nostalgic design
Just like Singer Vehicle Design vehicles are outwardly old-school and precisely present day, the habillage of the Singer Reimagined Track 1 is intentionally vintage-arranged. Both Rob and Marco have an interest for 1960s/1970s watches – think Heuer Autavia or Omega Speedmaster watches with pilot cases – and those were the motivation while making the Track 1. In any case, much the same as the Singer 911, we are talking about motivation and not simply a duplicate of the past.
The first form of the Track 1, the “Launch Edition” , was energetic and specialized with its titanium case and silver/dark dial. With the subsequent edition, the “Geneva Edition” , Singer Reimagined brings a considerably more retro style and adds a circumspect hint of extravagance. The case is presently made of yellow gold, yet no sort of YG. For this edition, they picked a particular gold compound named 1N. Brands often utilize 3N yellow gold – a splendid yellow amalgam. 1N gold was utilized before however for the most part, it was 14k gold. Here, Singer combines the pale and more vintage shade of 1N with a 18-karat composite. This particular tone, combined with the brushed completing applied to the case, brings about a remarkable and cool tone with no pomp – it feels patinated and aged.
The dial is likewise unique, and now includes a full dark tone and an upgraded focal part – more intelligible and cleaner than the plan utilized on the “Launch Edition” . The dark and gold combination unquestionably has more presence than the titanium/silver model, yet it keeps a rather energetic and vintage feel. The watch is rather weighty on the wrist and enormous on paper (43mm x 15mm) however the bended state of the case makes it entirely comfortable once lashed on the wrist. The last touch is given by the “bullhead-like” chronograph pushers, which are a cool gesture to the past as well as viable to utilize (pointer to begin, thumb to reset).
It isn’t simple to bring something truly new and diverse to the table, particularly when you guarantee that you’re on your approach to reconsider the chronograph. However, Singer did it, with a watch that comes to pass enthusiasm – energy for mechanics, energy for plan, energy for magnificence. It is one of those uncommon events where you can feel that individuals behind the idea are truly energetic about their “baby”.
The Singer Reimagined Track 1 isn’t a deal – its cost of CHF 72,000 (before charges) verifies this – however it has a spirit and some true ingenuity. Its development is super current and great in its origination, and simultaneously, the plan is loaded with sentimentality and vintage references – something that is much more present on this attractive Geneva Edition. Altogether, it is an abnormal mixed drink however one that is truly enticing. More subtleties on www.singerreimagined.com .
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