Inspired by the success of its best seller model, the WRX, RALF TECH presents a vintage version of this emblematic timepiece: the « California » Automatique.
In the 1930s, the United States and California were just emerging from a global economic crisis. It is a period full of hope and ambition. With the arrival of Franklin Roosevelt in power, Americans are galvanised into rush back to the top thanks to a new economic and social plan: The New Deal. To offer a tribute to this time, RALF TECH decided to present two atypical timepieces based on the aesthetic codes of watchmaking of the 1930s.
The « California » dial was nicknamed “error proof radium dial” in the 1930s. Such design was characterized by its large diameter and its mixture of large Roman and Arabic numerals. Used by military units, this touch of originality was intended solely to improve accuracy and optimize the readability of the dial.
This new RALF TECH comes in 2 styles equipped with automatic movement RT002: a matt micro-blasted surgical steel and a black micro-blasted steel are issued in an ultra limited series of 2 x 33 pieces globally. Supported by a vintage Havana calf bracelet hand stitched in the French Jura, its aged look reinforces the authentic spirit of the WRX « V » Automatique « California ».
The WRX “California” will be available at RALF TECH outlets worldwide from May 25, 2017.
Models: WRX « V » Automatique « California » and WRX « V » Automatique « California » Black
Limited Edition 33 pieces per model
Automatic winding mechanical movement RTA002® based on ETA 2824-2
25 jewels, 28,800 a / h, 4Hz, incabloc®
Power reserve 44 hours
Tested water resistant up to 500M / 1650FT
Complies with ISO 6425 dive watches standard
Hours, minutes, seconds, elapsed immersion time
Matt micro blasted 316L surgical stainless steel case, diameter 47.5 mm (or micro-blasted matt black)
California dial 95% matt black
Domed antiglare sapphire crystal 5.9 mm thick
Professional «Superluminova®» CVB hands and hour markers
Unidirectional rotating Steel bezel with black aluminium insert
Reinforced and protected screw-down crown
Screw down case back engraved with individual serial number
Vintage Havana calf leather strap and black silicone strap, mounted on 26mm screwed bars, oval holes, 26mm matching buckle
Comes in an anti-shock Explorer case NATO approved
Availability: 25 May 2017
Limited edition 33 pieces in steel (WRX 2204)
Limited edition 33 pieces in steel treated black PVD (WRX 2205)
Recommended retail price: £ 2,900 (Automatique « California » Steel)/ £ 2,990 (Automatique « California » Black)