If there was an easy knock you could make against the previous iterations of the Singer Reimagined chronographs, it’s that they were too big. At 43mm in a big cushion case, they have a ton of wrist presence to be sure, and require a larger wrist to pull off effectively. But they’re mechanically ingenious, and, in my opinion, pretty great looking from a purely aesthetic perspective, so I was always willing to forgive them for their size. Now, with a pair of watches in the brand’s new Singer 1969 collection, they’ve gone a long way toward answering doubters who made the large size of their earlier watches a dealbreaker. They’ve also incorporated new functionality, refining the mechanical piece to make their watches even more intuitive.
The 1969 Chronograph is the heavy hitter of the pair of watches announced today. This watch features an updated Agengraphe caliber that’s smaller (to fit the new 40mm case) and also includes a time display. Elapsed time is still read from the centrally mounted hands, but the current time is now displayed in an aperture at 6:00 via a pair of rotating discs. The chronograph incorporates jumping minutes and hours for precision, and the caliber is capable of timing events of up to 60 hours, which is a feat only Singer can claim.
The more modest 1969 Timer is my personal favorite of the two new watches. This is effectively an update of Singer’s Flytrack watches, which incorporate a 60 second timer via the centrally mounted running seconds hand. The pusher at 2:00 instantly resets the seconds hand to zero and starts a timing interval, so it’s perfect for situations where you might have to time a short event at a moment’s notice. The new feature in the 1969 Timer is that the current time is read by a traditional hand display, with centrally mounted hour and minute hands, as opposed to the Flytrack which used a rotating disc mounted at the dial’s perimeter for the hour display.
The movements themselves, calibers AGH 6365 and AGH 6363 for the Chronograph and Timer, respectively, are the type that beg to be examined with a loupe, and effectively communicate that each watch’s unique features are indeed as complex as they seem. The automatic AGH 6365 is wound by a rotor found underneath the dial, so the mechanism can be enjoyed in full view, including the column wheel and a whole lot of the caliber’s 491 total components. The AGH 6363 is manually wound and shares elements of its construction with the 6365.
While the case is smaller, it shares an aesthetic that Singer has developed for these watches since the brand’s inception. It has more than a little in common with Mark II Speedmaster cases, with wide brushed facets and thin polished bevels. Both watches are mounted to a new stainless steel H-link bracelet with meticulously finished links, curved to mimic the curbs found on racetracks. It’s kind of hard to imagine a bracelet that could effectively balance and support the larger Singer watches, but on a 40mm case the bracelet makes a lot of sense, and it looks great.
The retail price for the Chronograph is CHF 51,000, and it will be limited to 50 pieces in 2023. The Timer CHF 29,900 and is also limited to 50 pieces. Singer Reimagined