By TLex How cool is this? RALF TECH have produced a special 22 piece Limited Edition of their WRX ''A'' Hybrid BLACK called 'PIRATES'. The watch follows the exact same spec. as the watches used by the ELITE units of the French special forces apart from a minor cosmetic enhancement that is a pirate's symbol with a skull and crossed sabers. Whimsical, yes, but also apt, when you consider that Ralf Tech have just recently become the official Timekeeper of the 2012 Vendée Globe . . .
From RALF TECH The word pirate comes both from the Greek word πειρατής (Peirates), itself derived from the verb πειράω (peiraô) meaning "try his luck in the adventure", and the Latin pirata: whoever tries fortune, "who is enterprising ". Black and gray, gray and black, the new WRX "A" Hybrid Black "Pirates" shows a decidedly provocative and original look at RALF TECH. It is part of the "A" line (A for Army) dedicated to military developments. It is also the first limited series completely customized at the request of a point of sale, i.e. : XP Joaillier in Paris.
Born of a conversation between Xavier Pénichot, XP Joaillier owner and Frank Huyghe, President of RALF TECH, the WRX "PIRATES" is deliberately shifted and insolent, very much on the sidelines of the normal production of the brand generally dedicated to the provision of professional instruments to elite units of the French special forces.
This piece also fits perfectly with the news that RALF TECH is Timekeeper of the 2012 Vendée Globe, an event where skippers are not pirates but undoubtedly fierce seafaring adventurers, who are not afraid to go around the world alone, nonstop and without assistance.
This original version of the WRX "A" Hybrid, a variation of the series GIGN released last June, is available for sale in a ultra-limited edition of 22 pieces.
Technical features WRX « A » Hybrid® Black « Pirates » :
> Hybrid® Movement RTH001
> Exclusive quartz system with automatic accumulator recharge
> Ultra-fast rotor
> Power reserve of 60 days
> Tested water resistant up to 500M / 1650FT
> Complies with ISO 6425 «dive watches» standard
> Hours, minutes, seconds, date, elapsed immersion time
> Brushed surgical steel case 316L diameter 47.5 mm (without crown) treated IP 40 microns
> Domed anti-glare sapphire crystal 5.9 mm thick
> Black hands on “Elephant” grey face
> Unidirectional rotating Steel and aluminum bezel
> Reinforced and protected screw-down crown
> Screw down case back engraved with individual serial number
> NATO Strap reinforced with leather inserts and hypoallergenic silicone bracelet
mounted on threaded bars, 26mm between lugs, oval perforations
> Comes in a NATO-approved anti-shock Explorer case
> Recommended retail price: 1590€
> Availability: 22 pieces from 15 November 2012 and exclusively at XP Joaillier,
9 rue du Marché Saint Honoré à Paris 1er or at RALF TECH if you stay outside