California-based luxury brand Singer Vehicle Design has been renowned for restoration and customization of Porsche 911 cars. Its sister firm Singer Reimagined is a luxury watch brand based in Geneva.
In 2018, Singer Vehicle Design presented its Dynamics and Lightweighting Study (DLS) to explore the ultra-high performance potential of the Type 964 911, enabling a limited number of clients to restore their Porsche 911s in an extraordinary manner.
During Monterey Car Week 2021 (from 12 to 21 August), Singer Vehicle Design exhibited their first bespoke car based on DLS. To celebrate the unveiling of the first client car representing the results of the Dynamics and Lightweighting Study, Singer Reimagined presents the Singer Track 1 – DLS Edition chronograph.
Winner of the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Geneve 2018 Chronograph watch prize, Singer Track 1 houses AgenGraphe, an innovative automatic column-wheel chronograph movement developed by AGENHOR SA, the Geneva based independent movement specialist founded by Jean-Marc Wiederrecht.
Singer Track 1’s latest iteration marks the launch of first custom restoration project according to the new DLS concept. Only owners of DLS restorations will be able to purchase and personalize the Track 1 – DLS Edition chronograph.
The Singer Track 1 – DLS Edition embodies the lightweight and performance-driven philosophy behind the Dynamic and Lightweighting Study. The unique, forged carbon watch case was engineered with the intent of reducing mass. A new, open-work design has been conceived to further emphasize lightness and to echo the signature air-intakes developed during DLS.
ALL Grade 5 Titanium components – bezel, pushbuttons, winding crown and back-case – mirror polished by hand, can be finished in a variety of diamond-like carbon (DLC) shades to match trims and details of each DLS restoration. The exclusive DLS dial design, in brushed anthracite finishing, features applied luminescent indexes. Personalizable elements – the flange, luminescent indexes color, luminescent hour & minute arrows – may further accentuate the connection between the watch and its related car.
Each car restored using the results of the Dynamics and Lightweighting Study is unique. In the same way, each DLS Edition chronograph will be a unique, bespoke execution. The design of every watch will be finalised to match the owner’s car’s specifications, colours and trim.
The Track 1 – DLS Edition is presented with a lightweight, technical textile strap and complimentary bespoke leather band – handmade using leather matched to each DLS restoration.
Each watch is further connected to its related car with the commission name and VIN number 8 engraved on the caseback.
The Track 1 – DLS Edition features a central dial, fully dedicated to elapsed time. Three central hands, operated by the bull-head push-buttons, allows for precise timekeeping of elapsed times, able to measure up to 60 hours of an event. Two rotating discs, on the dial periphery, indicate time-of-the-day hours and minutes. Their minimalistic design has been conceived to enhance even further the central dial elapsed-time readability.
The AgenGraphe, the caliber powering the Singer Track1 stands apart from all previous chronograph movements. Its innovative design enhances the legibility of the chronograph. Thanks to a radically new architecture, the AgenGraphe brings together all the chronograph functions in the centre of the watch, allowing for an easy and intuitive reading of elapsed time. To further enhance legibility, the chronograph incorporates jumping minute and hour indicators.
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 and its 477 meticulously finished parts.
Model: Singer Track 1 – DLS EDITION
Calibre Singer Reimagined 6361
Automatic mechanical movement
Column-wheel chronograph, AgenGraphe, Singer
Reimagined exclusive 3-60 indication centralized instantaneous chronograph hours (60 hours) and minutes ( 60 minutes) sweep chronograph second hand (60 seconds)
Dimensions: 34.40 mm
Height: 7.18 mm
Number of parts: 477
Number of jewels: 67
Power reserve: 55 hours
Escapement: Swiss lever
Balance: Flat with AgenPit regulator
Frequency: 21’600 vph (3 Hz)
Hours, minutes on peripheral discs
Central chronograph with instantaneous hours, instantaneous minutes and seconds
Material: Middle case in forged carbon fiber. Bezel, back-case, pushers and crown in Grade 5 Titanium
Diameter: 43 mm
Height: 15 mm
Crystal: Sapphire with double-sided antireflective coating
Back: Screwed with sapphire crystal
Water resistance: 10 ATM / 100 meters
Screw down rivets, brushed grade 5 titanium
Folding buckle in Stainless steel
Price on request, depending on personalization
Each DLS chronograph will be a unique, bespoke execution