REC Watches has gained a passionate following with its uncommon watches integrating metallic from iconic automobiles and plane, such because the REC P-51 Little Red and Green Hornet and RNR R.O.C.K.Fighter and BeachRunner. The latter instance used metallic from Land Rovers, which is once more the case with the newest RNR ARKONIK Restricted Version. The time period “restricted version” is extra of an inevitability with REC as there’s a finite quantity of metals to work with from donor automobiles. REC Watches teamed up with restoration firm Arkonik to create dials from a selected 1984 Land Rover Defender 110, which has an attention-grabbing story of its personal.
Andy Hayes based Land Rovers UK Ltd. in 2007 following a bike accident and subsequent present from his spouse, the 1984 Land Rover Defender 110. He quickly devoted himself to restoring such Land Rovers with a give attention to each authenticity and efficiency/aesthetic enhancements. The title Arkonik was established in 2016 as the corporate shifted focus to clientele in the USA. After all, solely one in all Andy’s automobiles actually match inside REC’s distinctive requirements – that authentic 1984 “Stratos Blue” Defender 110. Nicknamed “UJO” after letters on the license plate, Arkonik’s hero automobile donated its proper door that REC punched 302 dials from, thereby limiting the sequence to 302 watches. The metallic was obtainable as UJO lately underwent a full, frame-off restomod therapy.
The REC Watches RNR ARKONIK has a three-piece stainless-steel case that’s a bit smaller (and thus extra wearable) than the model’s norm at 40mm in diameter and 12mm in peak (lug-to-lug is 48.2mm). References to UJO may be discovered all through, beginning with the case again that sports activities an in depth engraving of the star-shaped alloy rims. Surrounding this are laser engravings replicating the décor on the chassis, which illustrate Andy’s prior adventures.
The suitable aspect of the case has crown guards that mimic the truck’s entrance grill, whereas the left aspect is embossed with the Arkonik brand and stripe from UJO’s sports activities decal. The form of the case itself, a sq. with rounded corners and spherical dial (a la Bell and Ross) is designed after the Defender’s headlights. The crystal is sapphire with a number of anti-reflective coatings, surrounded by a black rubber bezel. The watch comes fitted with a 22mm blue rubber strap with quick-release levers and water resistance is rated at 50 metres.
The dial actually completes the watch because it’s derived from UJO itself. The silver aluminium retains floor imperfections as a design factor, remaining as true to the 1984 traditional as attainable. There’s a cutout roughly between eight and 10 o’clock to suit a blue seconds sub-dial with orange hand and date window with partially uncovered black wheel on both aspect. Matte silver hour and minute fingers are open-worked with Tremendous-LumiNova C3 inserts, whereas the utilized indices at 12, three and 6 o’clock are modelled after UJO’s gasoline cap opening. There are two utilized logos representing each firms – REC on the high and Arkonik on the backside.
The motion is a Swiss-made computerized, particularly an Elaboré grade Sellita SW290-1. It has 31 jewels, beats at 28,800vph (4Hz) with a 38-hour energy reserve. Features embody central hours, minutes, small seconds at 9 o’clock and date. Accuracy is rated at +/- 12 seconds per day. Many will contemplate this an upgraded different to Japanese Miyota actions present in different REC collections.
The REC Watches RNR ARKONIK retails for EUR 1,195 or USD 1,395 and is restricted to 302 items, once more because of the variety of dials reduce from the obtainable UJO aluminium. All watches include a two-year guarantee and free transport.
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