Fashionably attired with a khaki green dial, this stunning column-wheel chronograph by Singer Reimagined, launched during the last Dubai Watch Week, has a radical design that shows the elapsed (chronograph) time via the central orange hands, and conventional time via an orange indicator at 6 o’clock set over two rotating discs.
Launched during the last Dubai Watch Week in 2019, the Singer Track 1 Emirates Edition has a breakthrough design – quite typical of this marque - that celebrates the significance of the UAE in haute horlogerie circles. Founded by Marco Borraccino and Rob Dickinson, Singer Reimagined received the overall prize in the Chronograph category at the 2018 Grand Prix de la Haute Horlogerie de Geneve, and this time collaborated on the Emirates Edition with Emirati agent Luxury Solutions Consultants.
As part of his vision for Singer Track 1, for Dubai Watch Week’s theme ‘Technology and Innovation’, Marco Borraccino combined luxurious materials and design with and a high-tech element in a chronograph that is a first of its kind.Singer Emirates Lifestyle LD
The 43mm diameter (15mm thick) matt black ceramic aluminum case has a contrasting ZrN finish. So the case is made with oxidation using an electro-plasma technique that transforms the upper layer of the aluminium into a ceramic. The ZrN treatment on the grade 5 titanium is found on the bezel, caseback, crown, and chrono pushers.
The radially brushed khaki green dial gives the Singer Track 1 a sporty look. Singer’s signature orange seconds/minutes and hours hands stand out against this khaki dial. The unique, rotating hours and minutes discs are engraved with ecru SLN graphics to match the dial elements. But the most stupendous piece of artistry and technology is the bringing together of all the chronograph functions in the centre of the watch, for an easy and intuitive reading of elapsed time, doing away with the small counters that one usually finds in a chronograph – and that are not very legible. So the hours and minutes one reads from the centre via the orange hands, is actually the elapsed hours and minutes of the chronograph. You want to check the time? No problem: just peek at the orange counter at 6 o’clock for a reading of the hours and minutes indicated on two rotating discs. And it’s the AgenGraphe caliber powering the Singer Track 1, a decade in development, that turns the very principles of the regular chronograph on its head. To further enhance legibility, the chronograph incorporates jumping minute and hour indicators.Singer Emirates Closeup LD
To connect the chronograph mechanism to the timekeeping gear train, the AgenGraphe features an innovative clutch mechanism. The coupling is made horizontally which requires less space, yet it is made using friction, just like a vertical clutch. The dial-side rotor (made possible because the hands are on a central axis) leaves an unimpeded view of the movement from the caseback and its 477 meticulously finished parts.
The watch is resistant to a 100 m, and has a power reserve of 55 hours. The strap is in a modern khaki green technical textile, with a folding buckle. The timepiece is limited to 25 pieces, and it’s priced at CHF 50,000.Singer TRACK1 Emirates Edition 3_4
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