Singer Vehicle Design has been restoring and tuning old Porsche 911s in California since 2009. The expensive unique pieces featuring historical design and modern technology are considered true style icons. Singer founder Rob Dickinson and the former Panerai designer Marco Borraccino have now founded the watch brand Singer Reimagined. A new kid on the block that has instantly made an impact on the watch world: The Track 1 got instantly nominated for an award at the GPHG, the Oscars of the watch industry.
A petrolhead’s dream: A Porsche 911 restored and tuned by Singer Vehicle Design
Based in Los Angeles, Singer basically starts with a chassis and an engine, and builds everything up from there to the owner’s exact specifications. The results are striking – and now the firm is jumping into the watch world. The Singer Track1 is a new auto-inspired chronograph that uses an innovative movement to create something that’s definitely out of the ordinary.
The Track1 is the result of a three-way partnership between Singer founder Rob Dickinson, watch designer Marco Borraccino, and Geneva-based independent watchmaker and complication specialist Jean-Marc Wiederrecht, founder of the well-respected Agenhor manufacture.
State-of-the-art watchmaking with a strong 1970s feel: The Track 1 by Singer Reimagined
The Track1 has a tonneau-shaped case that definitely feels like it’s from the early 1970s. It’s made of titanium to keep the weight down and measures 43 mm across and 15 mm thick. The brushed finish makes the titanium look like stainless steel which is nice regarding the general retro appeal of the watch. It is water resistant to 100 meters and comes on a leather rally-style strap with metal eyelets.
But that’s where anything traditional about this watch ends. The Track1 is only the second watch to use the new AgenGraphe caliber (the other being the Visionnaire watch by Fabergé), meaning it has a central chronograph display and a peripheral time display. Singer’s reasoning for this is that a sport watch should be about fulfilling its specialized function first and on the track what you need most is the chronograph, not the main timekeeper.
The movement, developed by independent watchmaker Jean-Marc Wiederrecht, makes the watch as beautiful from the inside as it’s from the outside
Turn the watch over and you get a look at the crazy movement that powers this thing. The AgenGraphe required more than a decade of research and development to come to life, The movement features 477 parts, many of them developed at the Agenhor manufacture. The caliber has a 60-hour power reserve and is automatic (which doesn’t show because the rotor powering the movement has been cleverly put between the display and the actual movement), plus the finishing is much higher-end than what you’re probably used to finding on tool watches like this. As much as we love the actual display of this watch: We would easily wear it the other way round just to gaze at this beauty of a movement all day.
The launch edition of the Track 1 is limited to 50 pieces and is available directly from Singer Reimagined for around 40.000 Euro. Check out Singer Vehicle Design online here