You can now wear a Gunther Werks 911 on your wrist
Introducing the REC 901 GW ‘Carbon Exoskeleton’ and ‘Chelsea Grey’ – and a discount code exclusively for DriveTribers
There’s a watch company in Denmark called REC Watches – you may have heard of them ’cause we’ve mentioned them before – and what they do is amazing: they build timepieces crafted from components that they salvage from classic cars.
And don’t worry, no classic vehicle is harmed in the process. Christian Mygh – co-founder of the brand along with Jonathan Kamstrup – explains: “[We’re] not cutting up vehicles. We’re bringing cars that are beyond repair back to life as a watch.”
The company crafts wristwatches from old MINIs, Spitfire aircrafts, classic Mustangs and Porsche 911s but they also work directly with tuning companies to create limited-edition timepieces. They’ve done it with the RNR collection (Land Rover Series III and Defender), they’ve done it with RWB (RAUH-Welt Begriff) and for their latest idea, they’ve teamed up with Gunther Werks Porsche 911s, built by California-based Gunther Werks, a tuning company that specialises in modern-day interpretations of air-cooled 911 993s.
The collection consists of two pieces: the Gunther Werks ‘Carbon Exoskeleton’ and the ‘Chelsea Grey’.
901 GW Carbon Exoskeleton
The Carbon Exoskeleton is, as the name suggests, an ode to carbon fibre. Gunther Werks provides REC with carbon fibre [leftovers] recycled from the 911 993 (the Exoskeleton 993 is made entirely out of fully-exposed carbon), which is then granulated and reforged with new carbon fibre to create a blend that’s visible in the middle section of the watch case.
The REC Exoskeleton borrows several design cues from the car. On the case back, for instance, you’ll find a reference to the x-brace engine cover, and the outer bezel is a nod to the shape of the car headlights. The sub-dials are inspired by the gauges of the 993 and then lastly, the strap is designed to resemble the upholstery of the seat.
The 44 mm PVD-coated and sandblasted stainless steel case (46 mm lug-to-lug) houses a Sellita SW510 automatic-winding chronograph movement, vibrating at 28,800 VPH and comprising 27 jewels. The power reserve is 62 hours.
901 GW Chelsea
The GW Chelsea is a horological tribute to the ‘Chelsea Grey’ 911 by Gunther Werks. Just like the Exoskeleton, the middle section of the case is made from a blend of two types of carbon fibre: new carbon fibre, and carbon fibre that comes from the car.
The case back is engraved with an x-brace-shaped decoration that resembles the engine cover of the car and just like the Exoskeleton, the sub-dials – and the colours and shape of the hands – are inspired by the car’s instrument cluster.
Under the ‘hood’, you’ll find the same high-beat Sellita chronograph movement that powers the Exoskeleton (certified accuracy +/- 15 sec per day) with a 62-hour power reserve.
Each watch retails for €2,153 ($2.5k / £1.8k) and they’re limited to 188 pieces (Exoskeleton) and 232 pieces (Chelsea) respectively. You can actually get 15% off all pre-orders and on top of that, you can get 10% extra with code DriveTribe10 until November 1st.