The idea of integrating the automotive world into the world of watches is nothing new. However few watch manufacturers take the duty as actually as REC Watches from Copenhagen in Denmark. The model is understood to combine elements of iconic classic classics into its watches. For its newest undertaking, REC founders Jonathan Kamstrup and Christian Mygh built-in elements of two legendary Ford Mustang prototypes to give you two very particular dials. Time to go hands-on with each and discover out extra concerning the story of those REC P-51 Restricted Editions.
Copenhagen is certainly one of my favourite cities on the earth. Over the past couple of years, I’ve visited the town yearly. Final 12 months was an unwelcome break from that custom, sadly. The mix of design, good meals, wonderful craft beer, and the extraordinarily relaxed environment is a superb recipe for an annual weekend journey. And as quickly as we’re allowed to, I’ll plan a brand new go to and revel in extra of every thing the town has to supply.
Journeys to Copenhagen
Now, one of many issues I love to do when in Copenhagen is to seize a motorcycle and discover completely different elements of the town. As a Dutchman, I’m no stranger to using a motorcycle fairly a bit. It’s a giant a part of why the town feels so comfy and relaxed. One of many locations I like to go to most whereas in Copenhagen is part of city referred to as Nordhavn (North Harbour).
A Danish watch model that re-uses elements of classic vehicles to create new watches.
This waterfront a part of city has remodeled into one of the gorgeous locations for city improvement. It’s stuffed with nice trendy structure and round each nook, you’ll find one thing thrilling and shocking. It’s not the primary place you’ll consider as a house base for a Danish watch model that re-uses elements of classic vehicles to create new watches. However that is exactly what you’ll discover, on this a part of city.
Appearances could be deceiving. However dig a little bit deeper and REC suits Nordhavn fairly nicely truly. One of the vital attention-grabbing spots in Nordhavn is the Portland Towers. These two gigantic former silos have been transformed right into a sustainable workplace constructing that appears gorgeous. Standing beneath them, makes you are feeling extremely small and humble. And so they have been created with the identical precept of utilizing previous elements to give you one thing new. And there may be extra of this intelligent re-use of present buildings occurring within the space. So it truly suits the upcycling idea of REC fairly nicely.
REC P-51 Restricted Editions
The REC P-51 is certainly not a brand new mannequin within the model’s assortment. The first time we saw a P-51 was again in 2015 when the model launched the mannequin impressed by Ford Mustangs from the 1960s. Six years on and the model has created a particular set of two restricted editions. The primary is the P-51 Little Pink that is available in a restricted run of 318 items. The second is the P-51 Inexperienced Hornet and is available in a restricted run of 282 items. And what’s so particular about them? Whereas the idea of utilizing elements of the enduring classic Mustangs is identical, the model has discovered a particular pair of prototype Mustangs to behave as donors.
Like carrying part of a automotive in your wrist.
On high of that, the blokes at REC Watches have used the 2 prototypes as inspiration for the general design. So in case you are into the mixture of vehicles and watches, that is probably the most built-in manifestation of the 2. Whereas a model like Gorilla Watches makes use of vehicles as inspiration for the design of the watches, these two REC P-51 Restricted Editions really feel like carrying part of a automotive in your wrist.
REC P-51 Little Pink
The primary of the 2 is the REC P-51 Little Pink. It has a dial that’s comprised of a bit of the legendary 1967 Ford Shelby Mustang GT500 EXP. This prototype was fully restored and went up for public sale on the 2020 Barrett-Jackson Collector Automotive Public sale in Scottsdale, Arizona. This prototype was believed to be destroyed however a particular analysis group led by Craig Jackson from Barrett-Jackson public sale home tracked it down in 2018 in rural Texas.
Fairly a couple of particulars that trace at one of the iconic Mustangs ever constructed.
The blokes from REC truly acquired their fingers on an unused sheet of steel leftover from the restoration strategy of the previous automotive. The exceptional dials of the P-51 Little Pink had been long-established from this materials. On high of that, the blokes designed a watch that can look acquainted to Mustang fans. There are fairly a couple of particulars that trace at one of the iconic Mustangs ever constructed.
Mustang design particulars
The REC Watches group determined to design a brand new cushioned form case that has a 42mm diameter compared to the 44mm of the earlier P-51 fashions. The case is 13.35mm thick and has a lug-to-lug size of 48.5mm. The chrome steel case is made of 4 items and has a black PVD coating and stamped sides. It’s waterproof to 50 meters. Beneath the sapphire crystal, a giant pink internal bezel incorporates a 60-minute monitor whose font kind is a touch to the font used for the Mustang.
A giant white hour hand and a contrasting black minute hand with a pink tip inform the time. On the steel base of the dial, you’ll find two sub-dials which can be impressed by the gauge clusters discovered within the automotive. At 9 o’clock you’ll find a skeletonized small seconds sub-dial.
One in every of my favourite dial options is the facility reserve indicator of the Swiss Know-how Manufacturing STP2-12-13 motion at 6 o’clock. It seems to be just like the gas gauge and is expertly built-in into the general design. The dial additionally has a little bit plate reminding you of the place the watch acquired its inspiration from. The watch comes on a high-quality thick black leather-based strap that matches the model of the case completely.
REC P-51 Inexperienced Hornet
The second of the 2 watches is the REC P-51 Inexperienced Hornet. For this watch, REC used elements of the 1968 Ford Shelby Mustang Prototype nicknamed the Inexperienced Hornet. This iconic classic Mustang was restored similtaneously the opposite automotive. Moreover, it additionally went up for public sale on the similar 2020 Barrett-Jackson Collector Automotive Public sale. Now, because the design of this automotive was barely completely different, so too does the watch additionally seems to be barely completely different. It makes use of the identical 42mm case however as an alternative of a PVD coating has an everyday brushed end.
The dial of this one can also be comprised of extra sheet steel leftover from the restoration of the Inexperienced Hornet. On high of the bottom, you’ll find a mixture of a black internal bezel with a barely completely different 60-minute monitor and a inexperienced contrasting internal ring. The watch additionally incorporates a white hour hand and shiny orange minute hand that contrasts nicely with the inexperienced shade.
The dial options sub-dials in the identical positions as on the P-51 Little Pink. Nevertheless, the facility reserve indicator seems to be fully completely different. On this occasion, it reveals the variety of hours the motion has left to run (in addition to an arrow indicator, leading to a very neat double show). The Inexperienced Hornet comes on a two-tone gray and black leather-based strap. The design is identical because the black model of the Little Pink and is impressed by the leather-based seats of each vehicles.
Swiss Know-how Manufacturing Caliber STP2-12-13
Each watches function screw-down case backs. These case backs are adorned with all the information about your restricted version and the automotive that the watch will get its dial from. Beneath the case again, you’ll find the Swiss Know-how Manufacturing STP2-12-13 motion that powers each watches. The motion is predicated on the favored STP1-11 motion from the Fossil Group motion manufacture. The self-winding STP2-12-13 operates at 28,800vph, has 36 jewels and options an indicated energy reserve of 42 hours.
They’re a superb different for ETA or Sellita actions.
The STP1-11 actions are primarily ETA 2824 clones and have a fame for being dependable actions. For lots of the smaller impartial manufacturers, they’re a superb different for ETA or Sellita actions. The STP2-12-series are modular actions primarily based on the STP1-11 and eliminate the central seconds hand. The STP2-12-13 particularly provides the talked about small seconds and an influence reserve. The accuracy is specified at +15/-Zero seconds per day.
Sporting the REC P-51 Restricted Editions
The second you placed on both of these watches, you’re carrying a severe watch. The 2 P-51 Restricted Editions really feel strong and top quality. I’d go so far as quite a bit higher high quality than a lot of their impartial friends in the identical worth bracket as much as €2,000. Each half is nicely thought out and produced to a excessive commonplace.
The second factor that stood out is the 42mm cushion-shaped case. It’s a superb factor that REC determined to make the watches smaller as a result of that specific form just isn’t at all times simple to put on. And even at 42mm, this looks like a chunky watch. Don’t get me unsuitable, its dimension, design, and daring character all match the idea of the Mustang completely. However in case you are in search of a slim and cozy watch, you’re within the unsuitable place. These two watches are simply as a lot assertion items because the vehicles they acquired elements from. So, huge and shiny it’s. Fortunately, the high-quality leather-based straps maintain the watches completely balanced in your wrist.
Which one is the higher of the 2?
In the case of preferences, I preferred the Inexperienced Hornet a little bit higher than the Little Pink. General it feels a little bit extra vibrant due to its inexperienced and orange shade mixture. As each dial of each certainly one of these watches is exclusive it’s troublesome to say which one is “higher”. The dial of the Little Pink we had was scratched look crushed up in comparison with the polished dial of the Inexperienced Hornet. I like a little bit of character and on high of that, the scratched dial of the Little Pink is a greater reminder of why you purchased the watch within the first place.
However I just like the little design particulars like the facility reserve higher on the Inexperienced Hornet. General I can say that the REC guys have put quite a bit o f effort and time into these two restricted editions and it reveals. And in case you are into these two watches and wish to purchase one at their €1,398 checklist costs, you most likely have already got your favourite discovered.
Which brings us to a severe query: who these watches are for? These two watches have a narrative to inform. Above all, it’s a terrific story that can entice the lovers of Ford Mustangs. Like Tomas mentioned in his assessment of the REC RNR “Roads Not Required” Seashore Runner. REC’s watches are particular to the individuals who personal a automotive they’re primarily based on. It created this instantaneous connection that’s arduous to beat.
On high of that, there will probably be a big crowd of automotive fans that may also love this watch as it’s a nice mixture of each the automotive world and the watch world. However in case you are not into vehicles, that is most likely not for you. However that’s okay too. With the restricted manufacturing run and the numerous followers of the enduring classic Mustang, there may be positively a big potential viewers for these two watches.
Personally, I like the story of the 2 restored Ford Mustangs. And I additionally love that REC Watches has used elements of those two vehicles to create one thing particular for Mustang lovers. Having mentioned that, I’m not the correct particular person for this watch. I’m not in search of a watch that mimics a automotive or elements of a automotive. Certain a watch design could be influenced by a automotive’s design however that is taking the design of the 2 Mustangs and translating them right into a watch. And I like my watch to be an unique watch design relatively than a automotive design.
Name me a purist or old style however that’s merely how I’m wired. However that doesn’t take something away from the story, attraction, and construct high quality of those two watches. I acknowledge the good potential for the model to search out continued success with this idea. In any case, the model has already been round for a couple of years proving there may be positively an viewers for this type of factor. And it’s nice to see that the Copenhagen model is ready to always give you new concepts and produce them to market. And subsequent time after I trip my bike in Nordhavn, I’ll positively consider REC watches. As a result of these two watches are an announcement that’s arduous to neglect. If you wish to discover out extra, go to the official REC Watches web site.
P-51 Little Pink and P-51 Inexperienced Hornet
P-51 Little Pink – steel used from the 1967 Shelby EXP500 prototype, Little Pink, P-51 Inexperienced Hornet – steel from the 1968 Shelby EXP500 prototype, Inexperienced Hornet
P-51 Little Pink – chrome steel with black PVD coating, P-51 Inexperienced Hornet – chrome steel
Diameter 42mm, Peak 13,35mm, Lug-to-Lug 48,50mm
Sapphire Crystal with three layers of anti-reflective coating
Screw down caseback
Self-winding Swiss Know-how Manufacturing STP-12-13t, Ticking pace – 28,800vph, Energy reserve – 42 hours, Jewels – 36
P-51 Little Pink – black calf leather-based strap with quick-release system, P-51 Inexperienced Hornet – gray calf leather-based strap with black inlay with quick-release system
Hours, minutes, small seconds, energy reserve
P-51 Little Pink – restricted version of 318 items, P-51 Inexperienced Hornet – restricted version of 282 items