THE NEW WRV « ELECTRIC » ARE HERE!
In March 2021, after 2 years of development and experimentation in the natural environment, RALF TECH launched a new generation of WRV combining technical modifications and new finishes. These WRV are, among other things, equipped with a new “Electric” movement, new “Sandwich” dials and an innovative encapsulation system guaranteeing a real waterproofness up to 300 certified meters.
A good recipe can be improved, but its basis must remain the same. Based on this premise, the aesthetic perception of the WRV should remain unchanged. A successful gamble with its distinctive semi-cushioned shape and its strong taut lines inspiring confidence and power. The WRV remains recognizable and acknowledged.
The new WRV Electric now has new sandwich type dials. Composed of two thicknesses they allow the application of 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 WRV Electric inaugurates a new type of movement at RALF TECH.
Developed in Switzerland for our house, this new movement works according to a system of micro hybridization. The RTE001 movement reduces the number of moving parts and simplifies the quartz power supply as much as possible. It therefore combines precision, reliability and energy savings. Its autonomy can go up to 100,000 hours, i.e. almost 12 years, whereas most movements offer a power reserve of 40 hours for automatic movements and about 2 years for traditional quartz.
Another change is that the new WRVs now have a case back with a new “encapsulation” system. This innovation allows the watch back to be sealed to the case, guaranteeing optimal water-resistance. In order to secure the maintenance of WRV 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 WRV watches.
Since the majority of WRV users are professionals, the idea was to make their lives easier. Often absent, evolving in degraded conditions, their watch must remain a powerful and safe tool. Thanks to the new movement and our novel waterproofing system, minimal maintenance is required for these latest generation WRV watches. A visit every 10 years will allow us to check the watch’s energy system, change all the seals and re-encapsulate the watch, thus ensuring the peace of mind of WRV users for the next 10 years.
Thickest scratch-resistant sapphire crystal on the market (for a standard watch) with a thickness of 3.5mm, 8mm 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 300 meters for certain finishes, the WRV 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 (in Morteau, French Jura mountains), complementing the Automatic and Chronograph Automatic versions, the new WRV 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 watchmaking enthusiasts. The new WRV will be available in 6 different finishes, 3 of which will be available immediately upon launch.
Technical features of the WRV ELECTRIC ORIGINAL
> RTE001®micro-hybrid electric movement
> Power reserve up to 100000 hours (until 12 years)
> Real watertightness of 300M/1000FT certified
> Complies with the ISO 6425 “diver’s watches” standard
> Hours, minutes, seconds, date, calculation of immersion time functions
> 316L surgical steel case, diameter 43,9mm (excluding crown)
> Curved sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating, 3.5 mm thick
> Matte black dial 95% sandwich type (2 separate thicknesses)
> Professional luminescent “SuperLuminova®” C3 indexes with Arabic numerals in 3-6-9-12 industrial style
> 316 steel needles, professional luminescent “SuperLuminova®” C3
> Unidirectional screw-down steel bezel, 120 clicks, black anodised aluminium insert, professional “SuperLuminova®” C3 luminescent marker
> Screwed and engraved case-back with numbering in the series, unique encapsulation system
> Reinforced, screwed and protected crown
> Black silicone bracelet and black zulu strap, 26mm horn spacing, oval perforations, 26mm screw buckle
> Delivered in a NATO-approved polycarbonate case
> Made in France
> Limited series of 100 pièces