The Ralf Tech WRV is the second watch designed by Frank Huyghe in 2012 and follows its predecessor, the larger WRX, in spirit but not in form. Its elegant tonneau shape is smoother and resolutely typical of diving and the spirit of the seventies. For the uninitiated, the WRX was designed by the Franco-Swiss watchmaker for and in collaboration with the members of the Commando Hubert Special Forces Unit of the French Navy. The WRV blends the aesthetic codes of the seventies period of freedom with the constraints of an operational watch and adapts to all situations without denying its origins.
This WRV is powered by a Ralf Tech RTAC002 automatic movement with a power reserve of up to 50 hours. Made in Japan, this high-precision automatic chronograph is a watchmaking masterpiece. It is comprised of 292 pieces, 34 jewels and most importantly, the chronograph activation mechanism uses a column wheel. Considered by the industry and by collectors as the most coveted chronograph mechanism, the column wheel offers a very soft tactile feel when operating the start/stop/reset pushers, which makes it much more comfortable to use than chronograph systems with a horizontal lever cam, as used in traditional Swiss movements. This column wheel chronograph also features a vertical clutch (instead of a horizontally coupled chronograph), so you will notice how smooth the chronograph seconds hand jumps off from a stopped position – there is almost no noticeable ‘jerk’.
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