Published on August 31st, 2018 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez0
From Wrecks To Wonderful Timepieces…Meet the REC 901 RS Limited Edition
This is a journey of one small watch company that looked at remembering a classic wreck and putting a piece of that classic wreck on the wrist of an appreciating person. ‘REC’, short for ‘wreck’, is a watch company that looks at remembering classic iconic cars and uses a part of that car to produce a part that sits in their limited edition watches.
Their latest collection which arrived in Kuala Lumpur recently comes from a Porsche 911 Carrera RS 2.7. One of the first owners of the vehicle was the German rally driver Peter Rumpfkeil. During his 3-year ownership, the car participated in several rallies, including the prestigious Monte Carlo Rally in the years 1976 and 1977 and the Lombard RAC Rally in 1976, before the battered RS was acquired by Danish car enthusiast Jørgen Schultz.
On June 26th, 2018, an email was received from a German gentleman named Timo Rumpfkeil, who by pure coincidence had learned that REC was working on a Limited Edition Collection made from this very car. Timo is the son of Peter Rumpfkeil, and was able to provide REC with a far more complete background of this unique vehicle. In fact, it turned out that the very first owner of the car was none other than the famous German Racing driver Clemens Schickentanz. Evidently, the legendary mean machine had gone through a lot and many prolific racers has had their hands on the vehicle, making it a highly sought after piece of engineering.
Inspired by the story held by the car, REC had decided to build a watch based on the Porsche 911 Carrera RS. They named it – REC 901 RS Limited Edition.
The REC 901 RS Limited Edition dial is cut directly from a 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS. The air- cooled RS (Rennsport) is one the most sought-after and legendary sports cars ever built. The Carrera RS 2.7 was the first Porsche 911-derived race car and the first production race 911 widely offered to the public. Only 1,580 were produced and prices on those still around have since skyrocketed.
This makes the watch all the more exclusive and high in value. The REC 901 RS Limited Edition is the first bracelet watch from REC Watches whereby they wanted to do this right the first time and not just smack a steel bracelet on as an afterthought. As such, the stainless steel bracelet on the REC 901 RS Limited Edition follows the lines of the 901 case shape – which again is inspired by the soft, curving corners of the classic Porsche 911. As an addition to this, the yellow theme on the REC 901 RS Limited Edition pays homage to its organ donor – the 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS. At an attractive price of RM8,159.00, the REC 901 RS Limited Edition comes with unrivalled quality and a great story.
REC watches are sold exclusive at Red Army Outlets in Malaysia. According to Julianna Chai, Managing Director of Red Army Watches, “We are beyond excited to have worked with REC in realising their dream of getting more people to listen to their stories. At Red Army Watches, we take pride in being probably the most radical, plain mad brand and REC resonates with that value. Their stories are revolutionary and their watches, captivating.”
The legendary timepieces are available at all Red Army Watches—1 Utama Shopping Centre, Pavilion Kuala Lumpur, and Gurney Plaza as well as mo.men.tum in Sunway Velocity.