The 901 RWB Rotana is a limited-edition timepiece made from RWB founder Akira Nakai’s custom-built Porsche, the infamous “Rotana”.
Limited to 305 pieces.
The Rotana is Nakai-san’s vision taken to the extreme – an outrageously styled purple Porsche 993 with added turbo.
The idea for this evolutionary update to his first project came to him in a flash during a trip to the United Arab Emirates, when a purple Lamborghini shot past him as he walked alongside buildings owned by the Rotana group. The vehicle has since become Nakai-san’s personal race and testbed vehicle.
The fruit of a close collaboration between Nakai-san and the RWB team, the 901 RWB Rotana timepiece embodies the signature blend of breathtaking looks and performance that defines RAUH-Welt BEGRIFF.
- Diameter 44,0 mm (46,0 mm with body-kit)
- Height 14,5 mm
- Lug-to-Lug 45,5 mm
- Dial Opening Ø: 36,0 mm
- Weight: 130g
- Caliber 9100 Miyota movement
- Type Mechanical, self-winding and hand winding
- Frequency 28,800 VPH (4.0 hz)
- Power reserve +40 hours
- Accuracy -10~+30 sec per day
- Jewels 26
- 3 Hands / Day / Date / Month / Power Reserve indicator
- Quick Date Set
- Super-LumiNova X1 Green on hands & indices
- 5 ATM, 50 meters
- 3-year full warranty
- 316L Stainless steel
- 4-Piece case with black and purple PVD coating
- Top glass Sapphire Crystal with 3 layers of anti-reflective coating
- Closed caseback with laser-engraving and deep etching
- Handcrafted metal dial cut directly from the hood of Akira Nakai-San’s RWB Rotana – a 1995 Porsche (911) 993.
- Black rubber strap (FKM, Flourcarbon (Viton®), with debossed texture, RWB logos and quick-release system.
- Width (Lugs) 24,0 mm
- Width (Buckle) 20,0 mm
- Length 127,0/75,0 mm
REC Watches and its products are not in any way associated or supported by Porsche AG or any of its affiliates.
Recovered / Recycled / Reclaimed
Metamorphosis of an icon
Nakai-san specializes in fitting out classic Porsche 911s with custom wide-body kits and extreme fenders and is considered an artist and underground phenomenon in the automotive and drifting worlds.
His RWB conversion projects, created almost entirely by hand, are both characterful and controversial.
Nakai-san’s off-the-wall and somewhat chaotic methods are in stark contrast to the careful, understated way Porsche traditionally modifies its icons.
His cars undergo a true Jekyll-and-Hyde transformation in which a radical new identity emerges as refinement gives way to the outrageous.
While Nakai-san’s business is turning classic Porsche 911s into their extreme alter egos, such is his passion for the original cars that he keeps every hood removed from his own vehicles in his garage in Kashiwa, Japan.
From these, he and his team were able to supply us with original parts left over from the conversion projects, which we then punched out into watch dials.
The parts are treated with a transparent lacquer and integrated into the 901-RWB Rotana design, where their extraordinary transformative journey comes to an end.
The essence of RAUH-Welt Begriff as well as Nakai-san’s full artistic vitality are captured in a limited edition of just 305 watches.
A two-year transformation
The REC x RWB project took two years to complete, illustrating the major shift away from the world of Porsche that this car represents.
Capturing the soul and personality of the vehicle was a serious challenge, and constant adjustments were needed throughout the project to achieve the desired result.
The 901 RWB Rotana’s 44 mm case features references to the extreme wide-body kit, electrifying black-and-purple color scheme and stylish hubcaps.
Month and day indications sit at 3 and 9 o’clock respectively on its sandwich dial, and are represented by Japanese characters in reference to Nakai-san’s home country.
The 901 RWB Rotana’s ultra-flexible FKM Viton black rubber strap is designed for superior comfort on the wrist.
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