REC Watches’ philosophy of “Recover, Recycle, Reclaim” has led to a seriously cool range of watch collections. Each one contains a repurposed piece of iconic vehicles such as the Land Rover Defender, Ford Mustang, Porsche 911, or in case of the latest creation: a Triumph drag racing motorbike. The REC Watches TTT Icon1000 is made in collaboration with Icon 1000 Motorsports, a custom bike shop in Portland, Oregon (US). Next to a component taken from the bike, the TTT Icon1000 is riddled with cool details that link it to the Triumph, and one rather special feature we don’t see too often.
In previous collections from REC Watches, we’ve always seen parts of cars or aeroplanes being used and transformed into dial components. With the TTT Icon1000 it is no different although it is the first time a motorbike is used as the subject of choice. And what a bike they’ve gone for! Icon1000 has built a drag bike based on a 2013 Triumph Speedmaster. It was a collaboration between Icon 1000 and Triumph North America, which now finds its way into a collaboration between the builders and REC Watches. From the outside, you would be excused for not spotting the quite modern foundation it is built upon as the style harkens back to the glory days of drag racing.
The case for the TTT Icon1000 is a two-part construction really, with an inner case that can rotate along a 30-degree track inside of an outer case. It is similar to a concept we’ve seen De Rijke Watches & Co use for the Amalfi Series, albeit with a 90-degree track. The inner and outer cases are made of steel, with a black bezel on top. On the right-hand side, you can see the crown and the “window” that allows for the rotation, marked with “Go Fast” and “Look Flash”. This is in reference to the caps on top of the front fork of the bike. The “Go Fast” position is the driver mode, where the dial sits in an angled configuration. The “Look Flash” position is the dress mode, with the dial in its traditional position.
The skeletonized dial reveals a lot of detail, including the signature repurposed component present in every REC watch. The stator cover of the Speedmaster bike is used to create the light grey-ish element of the dial. This is encircled with a cream-on-black hour track designed to look like a rev counter. One step outside of that is a black-on-cream minute track on a sloped flange. The middle portion of the dial partly reveals the movement underneath. Time is indicated by skeletonized hands with a Super-LumiNova insert.
On top, there’s a sapphire crystal, and round the back, a mineral glass crystal set in the caseback reveals the Sellita SW200-1 S B. This automatic movement runs at a rate of 28,800vph and uses 26 jewels. The running time is 41 hours and it indices central hours, minutes and seconds. It is finished with a ruthenium anthracite plating, and a stylized rotor made to look like the hub of a motorbike’s wheel, another reference to the Triumph bike.
The strap that the REC Watches TTT Icon1000 comes on is a black calfskin leather one, with a ribbed inlay to mimic the seat of the Triumph bike. It’s attached to a wire buckle in steel, with a black PVD coated pin. The REC Watches TTT Icon1000 is limited to just 262 pieces and retails for EUR 1,400. Next to the REC Watches TTT Icon1000, there’s also the TTT Escape, based upon a famous Triumph TR6 Trophy motorbike, which leads to a little bit of a different look on the same concept.
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