A leg­end re­mem­bered


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Porsche has pre­sented many iconic 911 mod­els over the years, but a few are a lit­tle more spe­cial than oth­ers. One would be the Car­rera RS 2.7 in­tro­duced dur­ing mo­tor­sports’ glo­ri­ous 70s when it made an im­me­di­ate im­pact on cir­cuit rac­ing as well as rally ing.

That par­tic­u­lar car in­spired niche Dan­ish watch­maker REC to de­sign the REC 901 RS Lim­ited Edi­tion that in­cor­po­rates parts of the Car­rera 2.7 RS and some de­sign el­e­ments that are un­mis­tak­ably Porsche. If the name sounds fa­mil­iar, this same watch­maker has fa­mously crafted trib­utes to other four-wheeled icons such as the MINI Cooper and the Ford Mus­tang.

This time­piece sees not just any Car­rera RS 2.7 be­ing the source of its build, the stor y of the car is as much a part of the prod­uct. The car was from 1973, and Ger­man rally driver Peter Rumpf keil was one of the first few own­ers. Dur­ing his three-year own­er­ship, Rumpf keil raced it in sev­eral ral­lies in­clud­ing the pres­ti­gious Monte Carlo Rally in 1976 and 1977, and the Lom­bard RAC Rally in 1976. Af­ter that, it was sold to Dan­ish racer Jor­gen Schultz.

It just so hap­pened that Timo Rumpf keil – Peter’s son – learned of the REC 901 Col­lec­tion pro­ject and con­tacted REC to of­fer more de­tails of the car. As it turned out, its first owner was an­other fa­mous Ger­man racer, Cle­mens Schick­en­tanz. In fact, many oth­ers went on to en­joy the ex­pe­ri­ence of rac­ing it.

Prove­nance aside, the REC 901 RS Lim­ited Edi­tion’s de­sign clearly em­u­lates the soft cur ves of the clas­sic 911, es­pe­cially in its exquisitely shaped case and stain­less steel bracelet. In­ter­est­ingly, it’s the f irst time the com­pany has used a stain­less steel bracelet in any of its prod­ucts.

The dial’s in­ner bezel is yel­low in­stead of the fac­tory stan­dard hero red (stripe), but there’s a rea­son for this: the ‘donor’ car, in its rally days, mostly sported yel­low or yel­low and black colours, so the time­piece re­ally does pay proper ho­mage to one spe­cific RS 2.7.

Ev­ery 901 RS Lim­ited Edi­tion piece in­cludes the car’s VIN num­ber and a ‘Story Card’ which de­tails what made it ex­tra spe­cial. The VIN num­ber is stamped on the side of the case while the Stor y Card is in­cluded in the watch’s fancy box.

Avail­able in lim­ited quan­ti­ties world­wide, the REC 901 RS Lim­ited Edi­tion re­tails here at RM8,159 through Red Army Watches out­lets.

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