Recuperate, recycle, reclaim. That is the motto and in addition the base idea of the recent Danish model referred to as REC Watches. Established in 2013, the aim of the corporate’s younger founders was to create a watch model that may incorporate recycled (or fairly, upcycled) supplies within the development of their items. The piece we have now in for evaluation is referred to as the Mark I chronograph, certainly one of their first two strains of watches, and what makes them distinctive is that the dials have been minimize from sheets of metallic recovered from a 1978 Mini Cooper! In consequence, no two watches are precisely alike, and whereas the REC Watches Mark I might be a stunning watch all by itself, it additionally tries to be extra distinctive than different choices on this entry-degree worth phase.
We’ve got seen a handful of manufacturers incorporate historic materials of their watches earlier than, with Bremont’s HMS Victory (utilizing wooden and metallic from an 18th century ship) and Romain Jerome’s Moon Dust DNA (the place the dial incorporates “mud” from rocks originating from the Moon) springing to thoughts first. The first distinction between REC Watches and the others is the extra-than-appreciable worth distinction, because the REC Watches Mark I prices round 2.5% that of these simply talked about. That may be a vital distinction and but the general expertise stays comparable: when sporting any one in every of these items you aren’t simply sporting a watch, however in a method or one other you’re additionally taking a look at an merchandise that inherently has a narrative and a few fascinating historical past to it.
Sporting a Japanese Miyota OS21 quartz motion with date, 24-hour show and 60-minute chronograph features, you realize the REC Watches Mark I can’t be on the focus for its uncovered and elaborately crafted mechanical motion or the reassuring motion of its chronograph pushers – however once more, you aren’t paying the worth of these luxuries both. It’s about one thing much less “watch-nerdy,” one thing that I skilled to be extra extensively widespread and fascinating: the story it has to inform. On the again of every watch is the massive “REC” emblem and under it a peculiar line that claims “VIN: 1121346B.” That isn’t your ordinary reference quantity and there’s good cause for that: on the case again of each REC Mark I (or Cooper, which is the time-solely mannequin of their assortment) is that this so referred to as Car Identification Quantity, distinctive to the automotive from which the dials have been claimed.
It’s a scarce event to have a watch on the wrist which highlights one thing iconic in such a tangible type. You see, the dial in my watch comes from a 36 years previous Mini that a woman used to personal for almost three many years, and whereas that for some that’s not similar to having particles from the Moon or items from an necessary ship in your watch, for others there’s something amusing in with the ability to take a look at (and put on!) an merchandise that has a singular historical past all to itself – a historical past all of us can relate to. Moreover, there’s something to it being uncovered in such a clearly seen method, which means that probably the most fascinating function of this watch isn’t hidden “in there someplace,” however is all the time seen via the massive mineral glass entrance.
The video above exhibits the restoration course of and the way the REC founders recovered, bought, and minimize aside the Mini used for the Mark I. The watch comes with somewhat booklet that briefly discusses not solely the historical past of the long-lasting Mini, but in addition that of the actual automotive half which has been used because the dial of the timepiece. It’s a pretty feat, because it not solely helps convey the proprietor nearer to the watch she or he bought, but in addition as a result of it additional strengthens the “speaking piece” nature of the REC Watches Mark I. So is that this function aimed on the most hardcore watch fanatic? Maybe not, however I really feel it has each probability to attraction to a broader buyer base who will probably discover it a cool element; that little additional which separates the Mark I from the boring and countless array of trend watches.
The REC Watches Mark I assortment includes 5 fashions, differentiated by the colours of the subdials and the ending of the case, which could be both chrome steel or ion plated black metal. Talking of the case, though it’s comparatively giant at forty four.three millimeter in diameter, it wears smaller than that determine would make one assume – it truly manages to look good even on my small, 6.seventy five” wrist. The piece reviewed right here is known as the Mark I M2 Chronograph, and it sports activities a chrome steel case with a brushed center part, extremely polished bezel, and grayish blue subdials. We’ve already famous that since the metallic elements of the Mini used for the dials are from totally different elements of the automotive, the feel of the dials are by no means precisely the identical.