Denmark’s REC Watches salvages materials from interesting and significant cars and planes and builds watches with them. Somehow they got their hands on a 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS 2.7, one of the most coveted and collectible 911s; very few remain in tact. The specific Porsche REC took parts from raced at the Monte-Carlo Rally in 1976 and 77, as well as the Lombard RAC Rally in 1976. Not your ordinary Porsche, to say the least.
Rallies, however, are dirty, off-road, car-bashing affairs, so this specific car needed a lot of love. Restoration started in 1982 in Denmark, and it took three decades to get it done. REC salvaged some of the left over parts and put them into the 901 RS watch. The watch, priced at $1,995, offered a way into owning a tiny piece of this significant Porsche, but all 250 of the limited edition were gone in just six days. The rest of us will have to settle for photos.
Because the Porsche 911 is heralded as one of the greatest designs of all time—and not just for cars, but among all industrial objects—riffing on its forms is a risky proposition. I’m happy to report that REC has done a great job.