French watch brand RALF TECH presents new generation of its WRX watch, an extremely dependable tool watch preferred by both the military and the professional divers.
Designed in 2008 and developed with the help of the combat swimmers of the French Navy’s Hubert Commando, who are adopting it from 2010, the WRX Hybrid is the first “tool watch” created by RALF TECH.
Since then, this benchmark timepiece collection has been equipping the majority of Special Forces units in France. It is also a preferred tool watch by professional divers and skippers all over the world. Now, after extensive research and development of several years, RALF TECH has created its new generation to tackle more challenging environments.
Always in search of new challenges, RALF TECH has been pursuing since 2019 an intensive campaign of deep sea trials in collaboration with the French Navy in order to test new technical solutions, both in terms of robustness and water-tightness. At the same time, RALF TECH has also been working for several years with its partners on the declination of the famous Hybrid movement in order to give it an unequalled autonomy.
On October 8th, after 2 years of development and experimentation in natural environment, RALF TECH launched a new generation of WRX combining technical modifications and new finishes. These WRX are, among other things, equipped with a new “Electric” movement, new “Sandwich” dials and an innovative encapsulation system guaranteeing a real water-proofness up to 1000 certified meters.
The watch still maintains its distinctive semi-cushioned shape and its strong taut lines. The new WRX Electric now has new sandwich type dials. Composed of two thicknesses they allow applying a large quantity of SuperLuminova® on a disc placed under the main dial. Thanks to this stencil technique, readability is excellent by day and visibility is exceptional at night. This novelty also adds relief to the dials which gives them a style without equivalent.
The new WRX Electric is driven by a new type of movement Developed in Switzerland for RALF TECH. This new movement works according to a system of micro hybridization. It combines precision, reliability and energy savings. Built from the mechatronic base of the hybrid movement equipping the previous generations of WRX, the RTE001 movement reduces the number of moving parts and simplifies the quartz power supply as much as possible. Its autonomy can go up to 100,000 hours, i.e. almost 12 years.
The new generation WRXs come with an innovative “encapsulation” system, which allows the caseback to be sealed to the case, guaranteeing optimal water-resistance. In order to secure the maintenance of WRX watches, only RALF TECH has the specific tool to open and close the case back of new models, thus guaranteeing, revision after revision, the original water-resistance of WRX watches.
Thanks to the new movement and the innovative waterproofing system, minimal maintenance is required for these latest generation WRX watches. For this timepiece, the brand recommends a servicing in every 10 years to check the watch’s energy system, change all the seals and re-capsulate the watch, thus ensuring the peace of mind of WRX users for the next 10 years.
Thickest scratch-resistant sapphire crystal on the market (for a standard watch) with a thickness of 5.9mm, 10mm thick case-band at strategic points, large straps held by anti-tearing threaded rods, Ceramfine bezels for the most extreme, water resistance guaranteed up to 1000 meters for certain finishes, the WRX are intrinsically high-performance tools.
Operating in a range of use from -10° to +55° their resistance to shock and vibration is exceptional. With 12 years of power reserve, their autonomy reaches record levels. Their dials make them ultra legible. These technical characteristics validated by sea trials are the sum of all RALF TECH’s know-how.
Assembled in France, complementing the Hybrid and Automatic versions, the new WRX should logically become the essential reference for “Tool Watches” for adventure professionals, whether military or civilian. Their performance and design should finally appeal to alternative watch-making enthusiasts. The new WRX will be available in 6 different finishes, 3 of which will be available from October. Retail price is between 1900€ and 2000€ depending on the version.