For the Only Watch 2023 charity auction, Genus and Singer Reimagined have created a unique piece. In this automobile inspired timepiece, a miniature sculpture with the silhouette of a vintage race car glides along a figure 8 racetrack.
The 8-Track is a watch with a Singer aesthetic in a case inspired by the iconic watches of the 60s and 70s, offering a perfect setting for the exceptional mechanics of the display complication invented by Genus.
With its 43mm diameter and cushion-shaped case, the elongated edges at 6 and 12 o’clock seem to magnify the case band, prolonging the arc of tension. The crown is positioned at 4 o’clock.
The 8-Track was entirely conceived, developed, and assembled in Genus’ workshop in Geneva. The Genus GxS-23-Ru caliber drives the only watch in the world that has a racecar moving around a track while telling the time.
The passing of the racer from one indicator disc to the other – the subject of a Genus patent application – recreates laps around a figure 8 racetrack. The discs that advance the micro-racer echo the rims of a sports car while maintaining the technical and functional traits required by the watch complication.
Between the crystal and the movement, a miniature sculpted racer, which is fully hand-crafted of 18K gold and measuring just 6mm, travels along a curvilinear path tracing a figure 8.
As the racer progresses around the track, it indicates the tens of minutes. As for the hours, they are displayed on a black ceramic peripheric disk, with large Singer Reimagined design engraved numerals, treated with Super-LumiNova®, which move past the orange hour index at 6 o’clock.
The open-worked dial construction offers clear view of the GxS-23-Ru caliber, whose components are designed and hand-worked by the Master Watchmaker.
Model: Genus x Singer Reimagined 8-Track for Only Watch 2023
Stainless steel case
Crystals: Sapphire with antireflective coating
Crown: Steel, position at 4 o’clock
Water resistance: Approximately 30 meters (3 ATM)
Caliber GxS-23-Ru, manual winding, manufactured in the Genus workshops in Geneva
Material: Brass plate and bridges
Frequency: 18,000 vph (2.5 Hz)
Power reserve: Approximately 50 hours
Regulating organ Swiss anchor escapement, variable inertia balance
Divided into two parts: one for energy storage and transmission, the other for distribution and regulation
Hours Peripheral disc
Tens-of-minutes 1 free-moving element circulating between two rotating foci (patent pending), having a stylized race car silhouette, hand-sculpted of 18K gold
Numerals & indicators Super-LumiNova™
Reading the Time
At 6 o’clock: The hour
At the center: Tens-of-minutes, indicated by the miniature racer
Leather Smooth dark brown calf strap, perforated racecar driver style
Buckle Fold-over 2-part clasp, steel
CHF 100,000 – 120,000
USD 110,000 – 132,000
EUR 103,000 – 123,600