Mustang destined for scrapheap gets new life as high-end watches

Mustang destined for scrapheap gets new life as high-end watches

Ford Mustang

It could be the ultimate Christmas present for the petrol head in your life. A handmade watch, a creation of components that in a previous existence were a part of a classic Ford Mustang.

The idea is the brainchild of Christian Mygh and Jonathan Kamstrup. Together they scour salvage yards around the world for models. Each of them can turn into hundreds of unique timepieces, costing from $1,495.

For the true Mustang enthusiast, REC Watches, based in Denmark, will even create an entirely new watch from parts donated by customers

One of them was World Champion Drifter and professional fun-haver Vaughn Gittin Jr. He wears a watch that includes carbon fibre bodywork from his 700-horsepower World Drift Series Ford Mustang RTR.

“Most people would just see a pile of metal, a ghost of a Mustang. We see something completely different. [It is] the soul of a car and a story that needs to be told,” said co-founder Mygh. “I’m not cutting up Mustangs. I’m bringing Mustangs that are beyond repair back to life as a watch.”

To ensure these stories continue to be told, REC Watches painstakingly trace the history of each vehicle; talking to previous owners, collecting stories and images from the car’s past lives, and incorporating them into a bespoke video.

Each finished design incorporates the vehicle identification number, year of production and classic Mustang design cues. A power dial designed to look like a fuel gauge shows remaining battery life. The hands, date, and dial numbers are all influenced by the iconic car’s dashboard. On one trip to Sweden, the team struck gold with a rare 1966 Raven Black model. It has become the basis for their limited edition P51-04 collection of 250 watches.

Ford MustangNamed after a World War II fighter plane and launched in 1964, the radical styling and aggressive performance of the Mustang made it an instant classic

It earned a superstar status after a starring role in the 1968 action movie “Bullitt” with Steve McQueen. There was a string of songs and films – they either focused on or incorporated the groundbreaking car. The modern-day Ford Mustang keeps the excitement alive with exhilarating high-performance from the 450 PS 5.0-litre V8 engine and the 290 PS 2.3-litre EcoBoost unit.