Hot Take: The All New Singer Reimagined Flytrack Chronograph
Singer entered the watch scene with a huge splash back in 2017. Not only was the name new but so too was the approach the brand came with as well. Singer Reimagined took inspiration from Singer Vehicle Design to create Track 1. Fast forward to 2020, and Singer is back at it again. This time with a new model, the Flytrack.
The Flytrack is unmistakably Singer down to the last screw. The case shape, the dial design, even the movement, carry the brand’s DNA. The brand also to its wheelhouse, which is chronograph mastery. They created something simpler and easier to use. Yet it still serves the same purpose. That is, to measure elapsed time. So let’s see what this new model is exactly.
The new Singer Flytrack is basically a simplified chronograph. Remember those funky 1970s Omega Seamaster/Geneve Chronostops? The idea here is the same. The looks, movement, and dial layout are obviously more advanced. However, let’s start with the case.
The case shape of the new Flytrack is very similar to the Track 1′s. We have an identical retro, cushion-shape housing in Titanium. Just like before, the pusher is at 2 o’clock, while the crown is at 4. Continuing with the similarities, the Flytrack displays the time in the same way as its big brother. The black matte ceramic rotating disc with the triangle shows you the hour. Encircling the dial, you find a rehaut in contrasting colors. This is your minute track. The Flytrack has 2 hands. While the sword-shaped hand tells us the minutes, the bright orange hand is for the chronograph. We’ll talk about the dial a bit later.
First, let’s see how the Flytrack actually works. As it’s a simplified chronograph, you can measure 60 seconds with it. There is no sub-register for the minutes or hours. According to Marco Borraccino, founder and designer of Singer, we mostly use our chronographs for the first 60 seconds.
Interestingly, this chronograph second hands runs constantly. Unless you depress the pusher at two, it functions as a normal seconds hand. To activate the chronograph, you must first hold down that push. Depressing it fully causes the hand to snap back to 12 and be held there until you release the pusher. Upon doing so, you can start to track elapsed time.
Flytrack Prime Editon
Which leads us to the Flytrack Prime Edition. It might be a bit confusing what these models are, so let me explain. The Flytrack will become a new model in Singer’s portfolio. Nevertheless, that will not happen until the Spring of 2021. Until then, to present the new model, Singer is releasing its Flytrack Prime Edition at a quasi Avant-premiere.
These models have a unique design and come in a limited edition of 10 pieces per model. Since Singer offers three models in the Flytrack Prime Edition so we will have 30 pieces only. While the regular Flytrack will have a steel case, these models come in a grade 5 titanium case with a gold digit hand-applied to the case. This digit will carry the limited edition number of the timepiece. And this is the part where we arrive at the dial.
As I mentioned, Singer’s Flytrack Prime Editon comes in three editions. Each watch is dedicated to one classic chronograph measuring scale. So we have a Tachymeter (for speed), a Pulosmeter (for a pulse), and a Telemeter (for distance) edition. The Flytrack Prime Edition Tachmyeter comes with a matte-black velvet touch dial. A triple tachymeter scale takes up the watch face allowing to measure average speed going from 20 to 300km/h.
Secondly, the Pulosmeter is interpreted in a matte-tobacco dial with an ecru pulsation scale. The scale here is indexed to 15 pulsations. Lastly, the Flytrack Telemeter sports a matte-black dial, and a telemeter scale up to 15km. While the rehaut is silver on the Tachymeter and golden on the Pulsometer, it is brushed black on the telemeter, making that example the moodiest of them all.
What made the Track 1 an outstanding timepiece was not just its design or revolutionary time display. It was also its intricate movement. For the second time, Singer teamed up with Agenhor to work their magic on the caliber. Needless to say, the result is impressive. Although this movement is much simpler than the Agengraphe (the Track 1’s caliber), it is still has a lot of things in common with it.
Not to mention that its details are just as mindblowing. The Singer Flytrack’s caliber has 350 parts. 60 hours of power reserve is guaranteed thanks to the hand-wound movement’s double-barrel—a work of art. Singer will be releasing these 30 special pieces at 26,500CHF (before local taxes). You can get them via the site or at selected retailers. If you wish to visit Singer’s website, please click here.