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.
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.
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.”