SINGER REIMAGINED FLYTRACK PRIME COLLECTION TACHYMETER EDITION
A quite spectacular wristwatch, inspired by man’s fascination with speed, the Flytrack Tachymeter by Singer Reimagined is a piece of groundbreaking horologic innovation and stunning contemporary design, in an exclusive, individually numbered edition of ten pieces only. Applying a thoroughly modern twist to one of the many inherent uses of the chronograph’s versatile functionality as a practical instrument, at the push of a button it transitions from a time only display into a sixty second flyback chronograph, with a dial layout designed to measure travelling speed over a set distance.
Encased in a sleek but imposing mass of Grade 5 Titanium, which has a subtle arching curvature from end to end, and measures 43mm across and 15mm tall, the new Flytrack Prime collection is a cool and contemporary addition to the award winning Singer Reimagined family of chronograph watches, paying tribute to and refining the classical chronograph’s wide and varied uses.
Featuring a single stop/start/reset pusher at the 2 o’clock position, with the winding and setting crown at the 4, the case is detailed with a narrow, finely polished bezel, frosted micro-blasted upward facing surface and waist, and as a special release of three ten-piece limited editions, each one has its own number cast in 18ct gold which is set into a recess on the case at the 5 o’clock.
Equipped with a brand new manual winding derivative of the astounding GPHG award winning Agenhor Agengraphe movement, the Singer Reimagined Flytrack Tachymeter offers a thoroughly twenty-first century perspective on this classical two hundred year old complication.
By far the most popular supplement to the hours, minutes and seconds display today, the chronograph is synonymous with its ability to measure elapsed time, and long before the advent of electronic instruments, it revolutionised the science of timing those sporting disciplines where the margins of success or defeat depended on fractions of a second, and of course a method of calculating them with precision and accuracy.
With its unique reprioritised time display, and on-demand flyback chronograph functionality which dispenses with the clutter of subdials, the Flytrack is a watch which is as enigmatic as it is ingenious and minimalist. Using a luminous triangular arrow on an otherwise unmarked dark ceramic disc which rotates around the periphery of the dial to indicate the hours, along with the central skeletonised hand with orange Super LumiNova tip for the minutes, and long thin pointer for the seconds, it is a beautifully simple and elegant concept, and while perhaps not immediately obvious at first glance to those more used to conventional thinking, it is indelible and intuitive thereafter.
The Flytrack Tachymeter features a black matte dial with a circular scale which scrolls inwards towards the centre to provide a speed reading from 300mph right down to 20mph. Activated via the piston-topped pusher at the 2, the long slender second hand transitions from seconds-as-time mode to flyback chronograph functionality, instantly resetting to zero as it repurposes to measure speed over a set distance using the tachymeter scale.
Paired with a retro-cool perforated black calfskin ‘rally’ strap with orange stitching, the Flytrack Tachymeter has a racy feel to it. The most familiar of all modern chronograph adaptations, the tachymeter is synonymous with speed and motor racing, and the brushed silver rehaut and luminous orange hour pointer add emphasis to its sporty persona.
Conceived, designed and developed in house by one of contemporary watchmaking’s great innovators and problem solvers, Jean-Marc Wiederrecht and his specialist movements lab Agenhor, the proprietary AGH6364 Flytrack manual winding movement is a new derivative of the GPHG award winning Agengraphe, and an extraordinary feat of mechanical micro-engineering.
With its ability to transition between time and elapsed time, with its flyback zero reset functionality, it is a genuine step forward in terms of how the chronograph can be configured and displayed for ease of reading. Through a sapphire caseback the intricate mechanism is utterly fascinating to study, and on a fully wound mainspring, it will run at 21’600 vib/hour for a minimum of 55 hours.
Priced at 26’500 CHF the Singer Reimagined Flytrack Tachymeter is an outstanding piece of contemporary Haute Horlogerie innovation, with a cool cutting edge design which has a dramatic presence on the wrist. With only ten examples being produced, it is also a watch which is individual and exclusive, and one for the motor racing loving collector.