Fancy a Watch Made From Recycled Porsches? Step This Way

The REC X RWB collaboration contains a piece of metal from the RWB Stella Artois and RWB Rotana Porsche – the personal race cars of the legendary Akira Nakai.

We’ve seen watches made of meteorite, recycled ocean plastic and even salvaged parts of The Titanic. Now, this new collaboration between REC – a brand founded by Christian Mygh and Jonathan Kamstrup, who scour salvage yards for cars to be transformed into unique timepieces and legendary Japanese car tuner Akira Nakai has resulted in a collection recycled from the original RWB (RAUH-Welt Begriff) Porsches.

If you’ve not heard of him before now, Nakai – who made a name for himself in Japan as a member of underground street drifting crew Rough World, before moving into tuning Porsches in the 1990s – specialises in the installation of custom wide-body kits and extreme fenders on classic 911s.

Akira Nakai. Photo by Shimanovskiy Ilia Shimfoto 

The 901 RWB collection (€1,645, or around £1,385)based on, and contains a piece of metal from, Nakai’s two personal RWB Porsche 911’s: Stella Artois (yes, named after the beer) and Rotana. The 44mm (46 with body-kit) watches, two years in the making, feature an automatic mechanical Miyota CAL. 9100 movement with 40 hour power reserve, sapphire glass and four-piece stainless PVD-coated steel case. The caseback is inspired by the original cars’ wheel rims, while a black rubber strap with debossed texture bolsters the motorsport-y appeal of the aesthetic whole.

The two RWB Porches that provided components for the collaboration 

Nakai’s brutal approach to creativity contrasts wildly with Porsche’s gentle approach to upgrading its iconic design portfolio. But according to Mygh, it’s a highly complementary partnership. “When it comes to craftsmanship and the strive for perfection, Germany and Japan share a very similar ethos,” he says. “You’d expect a collaboration of these two powerhouse industrial nationalities to be an engineer’s dream but a bit bland – but just have a look at any RWB project. What captivates me is the madness of these incredible machines… Understanding Nakai’s background and equal approach to both perfection and engineering, and I think the match between RWB and Porsche 911s is unconventional but makes perfect sense.”