On 5 July 2005, in French Corsica, French diver Pascal BERNABE defeated the unassisted deep-sea World Record scuba diving (without assistance and without possibility of rescue in the event of an accident at the bottom).
On that day, in addition to his dive computers, he wore the first ever watch made by RALF TECH, the WR1, aptly named after the record itself.
Pascal BERNABE reached minus 330 meters after 35 minutes of descent in absolute darkness and took him nearly 9 hours to climb buck up stopping 26 times to change depleted oxygen tanks and allow for decompression stops.
This record remains unmatched today and is a human and technological feat. No other timepiece has so far descended as deeply on the wrist of a diver as the RALF TECH WR1.
It is therefore a triple record, for Pascal BERNABE, for watchmaking and for RALF TECH.
It is also the beginning of the watchmaking story of our brand.
We would like to share with you the original notes written by Pascal below. We invite you to share this extraordinary human and technological adventure.
Tuesday, July 5th. Propriano, Corsica. 9 a.m.
I have waited years for this moment: under my fins, a 400-meter drop in the sea. The Valinco waters are unexpectedly quiet! We had to push back this dive so many times because of the wind. Near my feet is a big buoy, attached to which is the 350-meter rope weighting more than 50 kilos plunging into the abyss... and waiting for me.
Too bad I still have this knot in my stomach, which remains despite several relaxation and respiration exercises, and especially despite such good weather and sea conditions.
The team is active around me: Hubert, François, Tono, Christian, Sophie, and Frank have been up since 5am to prepare all the material.
I have reduced the equipment to the strict minimum, in order to lower the risks of mistakes and confusion at the bottom. Only the oxygen has been "over rationed". My fear has always been to run out of air mixture in the tanks. According to my RALF TECH WR1, my equipment is finally ready. I make an initial stop at -6 metres to make a last check of the equipment with Sophie. Everything is fine.... I discard my stabilizing jacket and emptiness engulfs me.
I break the minus one hundred meters level without paying much attention and continue gaining speed. I pass the -150 meters tag. During my first gas mixture dives in 1993, that depth seemed quasi-inaccessible. But since 1996, I went back down between -150 and -174 meters about fifteen times, often with difficult conditions and tasks to accomplish (exploring, unwinding lines, filming, assisting...), which gave me a certain psychological comfort at this depth.
I just went pass the -200 meters, for only the third time since I have started deep diving. The first time was in the huge underwater cave of Fontaine de Vaucluse in 1998, at more than - 250 meters! The second time was on the open sea off the Catalan coast, at -231 metres, with the same team as for the record. But today, this is almost just a formality, since the objective is to go much deeper!
Still no HPNS (the famed High Pressure Nervous Syndrome that stops the nerves responding to the orders of the brain).
The rope slips quickly between my gloves. I am approaching the last 20-liter tank, which is attached to the- 250 meter tag, although it is actually at -265 meters (because of the elasticity of the rope). The HPNS starts to appear in the form of light shivers, but mostly I find it difficult to concentrate.
Strangely, passing -200 meters I am shaking less than I was at the Fontaine du Vaucluse. I am not having any obvious visual disturbance either, except for an advanced "tunnel vision" effect: my visual field seems restrained, without much peripheral vision. I hardly notice the -300 meter tag that really should grab my attention. A flasher is blinking, indicating the very deep zone.
I reach the minus 320-meter tag (situated at more than -330 meters) when a big deflagration happens in my right ear, along with a sharp pain. One of my lamps, fixed on my helmet, has imploded...
My stress that was gone since -70 meters, suddenly returns. At the time, I was sure I had a big lesion to my eardrum. The journey stops here for me! -330m ... Not bad anyway ... I quickly began the ascent. The pain in my ear doesn't get worse. I avoid thinking about what is next, concentrating only on the immediate tasks at hand.
At -265 meters, I happily reach my first safety decompression tank for my first deep stop. Then the ascent starts again, slower. Today, I feel as though from -220 meters, I experienced few or no HPNS symptoms.
At -215 meters, I make the second deep stop. The ascent is even slower now (5meters/min) and it takes a long time to reach the -165 meter deco stop and the next tank. My ear doesn't hurt as much as I thought it would and I am in a familiar environment. From -150 meters, the ascent becomes extremely slow (3 meters/min) especially with all of the tanks accumulating around me, on the rope and on my harness. When I get to -70 meters, there are nine 20-liter deco/travel tanks that I have to manage.
At -65 meters, I get onto the second rope. There, I am happy to find François, with whom I usually explore deep shipwrecks. He is there to check on me and to bring me food and drink. I let him know about my pain in the ear and a light nausea. He helps me to get rid of four tanks by taking them and after spending a little while with me, goes to his own deco stops.
Hubert relieves him at -50 meters. He is a follower of what he calls "baroque" diving: deep dives either in caves or on the open sea, down to -211 meters (not bad!). He gives me a mix of water and medication in order to prevent nausea. Then, it is Denis' turn to come to see me, he brings little purees and soups, in giant syringes. This salty food is a good alternative to condensed milk, sweet chestnut puree, marmalade, jelly and water I already ate.
From -30 meters, I start to feel more and more the effects of the strong surface swell. The pain in my ear increases and soon, each movement of the rope becomes a nightmare. The decompression turns into torture. Moreover, at about -12 meters, the seasickness begins. On the surface the waves are beginning to rise and Frank, who remained on the boat to ensure safety of the equipment, had to face waves of more than 3 metres !
The pain and nausea began to wear me down. The end of the decompression is done in the company of 6 other divers that accompanied me from -3 to the surface which I reached after a dive of 8 hours and 47 minutes.
I am taken care of and quickly rushed to the shore. Still exhausted, I keep breathing the oxygen for another half hour on the ground while rehydrating myself abundantly.
The adventure WR1 is a total success. My equipment and RALF TECH timepiece were extremely reliable. And above all ... here I am the holder of the new Diving World record !
Do we still need to introduce this exceptional sailor? Certainly is not necessary given his palmares: 2 second places on the last two Vendée Globe, two victories in the Solitaire du Figaro, two others in the Transat AG2R and a second place on the Route du Rhum and a victory in The Transat (Transat Anglaise). For Armel Le CLEAC'H "to do better than last time the only way is to win the Everest of the seas !"
Without hesitation Armel LE CLÉAC'H for his adventures decided to equip himself with the RALF TECH WRX Hybrid Pirates Shadow.
Able to resist to the harshest shocks and climates, waterproof well beyond current standards, precise, reliable and with a record autonomy, the WRX Hybrid Pirate Shadow is a professional tool indispensable for any skipper.
The Transat was born of a bet between a handful of British sailors to understand if they could cross the Atlantic alone and how long it would take. Among them, Sir Francis Chichester and Blondie Hasler. The concept, concocted in 1960, is at first criticized, turned into derision and considered foolish. The idea of a solo sailing race was revolutionary and almost unprecedented at the time, but these men had a goal and they were determined.
In 1964, the second edition of the Transat is a springboard for one of the most prominent characters in solo sailing: Eric Tabarly. In 1960, Francis Chichester completed the race in 40 days. Four years later, French Marine Lieutenant Eric Tabarly, won the race in only 27 days, 3 hours and 56 minutes aboard his 44-foot ketch, Pen Duick II. The performance of Eric Tabarly contributed greatly to popularize sailing in France, from where, in subsequent years,many sailors would come to win many of the greatest sailing races and The Transat itself.
The Transat formerly known as "La Transat Anglaise", represents offshore racing in its purest form. A 3500-mile course across the ocean between the southern tip of England and New York. It is a challenge that is punctuated by a succession of critical points that sweep the North Atlantic and generate strong head winds, a great feature and difficulty of this race. At the beginning, the record of the crossing was around 40 days. Today, the biggest solo specialists at the helm of the fastest boats can cover the same distance in just 8 days.
After a four-year absence, The Transat was back in May 2016 with 25 boats divided into four classes on the starting line in Plymouth.
The Transat left Plymouth on May 2, 2014 for a 3,500-mile route to New York where the fastest boats were expected as early as May 9. The race was divided into four classes: Ultimate, IMOCA 60 ', Multi50 and Class40.
This new edition of The Transat also saw the participation, alongside the fleet in competition, of the legendary French skipper Loïck Peyron aboard Pen Duick II, one of the six boats on which sailed Eric Tabarly, the legendary twice winner of the race.
Hervé Favre, Director of The Transat welcomed RALF TECH to this great race as the official timekeeper. "In the offshore race as in all professional sports, every second counts and the 25 skippers have pushed their limits to finish this race as quickly as possible".
«RALF TECH was the ideal partner as the official timekeeper for a race that crossed one of the most inhospitable seas in the world and on which the gaps at the finish were measured in hours.»
The English Transat was won by Armel le Cléach in the IMOCA category, with a RALF TECH WRX Hybrid Pirates Shadow on his wrist.
RALF TECH is the reference brand in terms of extreme marine events. The brand continues its involvement in the marine world alongside the best and launched a new challenge by becoming the Official Timekeeper of the VENDÉE GLOBE in 2012-2013.
The course of the Vendée Globe testifies to the purity and often the conceptual simplicity of such major events. It takes the skippers sailing around the world, from West to East, by the three great capes of Good Hope, Leeuwin and Horn. A long descent of the Atlantic Ocean, the perilous crossing of the South Seas with first the Indian Ocean and its crossed seas then the Pacific Ocean, the largest ocean in the world. Finally, the ascent of the Atlantic and the return to Les Sables d'Olonne, the departure and arrival point of the "Everest of the Seas".
It was a daunting challenge for the 20 boats and skippers involved: this trip round the world is done in solitaire, without assistance and without stopovers !
And it was also a major challenge for RALF TECH who had the considerable responsibility of indicating the time in France, Universal Time (UTC) in real time and measuring the elapsed racing time as well as the race time of each skipper until their arrival. Further proof, if any, of the accuracy of RALF TECH timepieces and the confidence placed in them.
On 10 November 2012 at 13:02 precise, as indicated on all television screens broadcasting the event live, the start of the race is given. A few hours before, about two hundred thousand people had massed along the channel going as far as the sea and on the pier of Les Sables d'Olonne to cheer the skippers and their boats.
By winning the 7th Vendée Globe on 27 January 2013, François GABART (29) became the youngest winner in the history of the event. In 78 days, 2 hours, 16 minutes and 40 seconds (15.3 knots average, 28.33 km / h), the MACIF skipper also became the first to complete a single-handed, non-stop, unmanned tour of the world in less than 80 days. It improved the previous time by Michel DESJOYAUX (84 days, 3 hours, 9 minutes and 8 seconds, at 14.02 knots average) by 6 days and 23 minutes.
And it is surely a detail that will not have escaped lovers of fine watchmaking ... François GABART was wearing a RALF TECH WRX «A» Hybrid.
One of RALF TECH's strong ideas, beyond its mission as Official Timekeeper of the VENDÉE GLOBE, was to offer volunteer skippers to test the WRX "A" Hybrid in the race. Indeed, nothing replaces experience. It has to be said that everyone has adopted it and uses it on a daily basis. It must also be noted that, in spite of the extremely dangerous conditions experienced by the skippers, all the timepieces at their wrists worked perfectly on their return and were all in an impeccable state.
But beyond this legitimate satisfaction, it with great honour that we pay homage to all skippers for their bravery and capability, whether they wear a RALF TECH or not.
Combativeness and experience, spirit of adventure and reflection, self-transcendence and respect for others, these are the values dear by the VENDÉE GLOBE skippers, which are also dear to Maison RALF TECH.
After 20 years of existence, the Transat Jacques Vabre has found its rhythm, convinced the riders and enthused the public through its commitment as a sporting, human and eco-responsible event. The launch of this double race whose motto is "Taking the Sea, Acting for the Earth" was given on 3rd November 2013 from Le Havre to Itajaì, the future Brazilian sailing capital and a new coffee destination !
The Transat Jacques Vabre, an unmissable sporting event on the sailing calendar, has been associated with the values of environment and ecology since 2009. It has been marked by a desire to promote a model of sustainable development not only in the cities and countries of departure and arrival, but also through a plan of concrete actions (transport, energy, recycling ...). RALF TECH also cares deeply about these values through its Hybrid system movements.
Vincent Riou, Jean Le Cam, Marc Guillemot, Michel Desjoyeaux, François Gabart, skippers of the fleet, were equipped with a RALF TECH WRX «A» Hybrid whose precision and reliability are already widely recognized in the World of enthusiasts of sea adventures. The experience of these modern adventurers, the skippers of the Transat Jacques Vabre, has made it possible to enrich the brand's DNA to the delight of all its users.
« Combativeness and experience, spirit of adventure and reflection, surpassing oneself and respecting others, are the values of the skippers of the Transat Jacques Vabre who are also dear to the RALF TECH brand. That's why we were very proud to be associated with this great event », said Frank Huyghe, President and founder of the Franco-Swiss brand.
« The Transat Jacques Vabre 2013 remains faithful to its values of commitment to sport, humanity and sustainability and was pleased to have as its partner a brand concerned with these values» added Benoit Fritsch and Gildas Gaultier, joint deputy general managers of the Transat Jacques Vabre association.
Car racing demands harsh performance to both men and machines. This challenge has been part of the brand's DNA, as RALF TECH has made itself known to the general public thanks to timepieces with an affirmed character that can withstand extreme conditions.
In automotive and watchmaking precision and reliability are a leitmotiv. Such requirements are applicable without a doubt to machines of the ALPINE team and to the movements of RALF TECH watches.
At the heart of these machines is a primordial beating heart, which is the centre of the machine itself. In the car we talk about the engine while in a watch the Balance Spring is the centre of the movement. In both cases this major organ will give all the precision and the soul to the product.
Because of their great technical nature, these parts must be strongly protected from any stress. This is why RALF TECH uses an Incablocs® system that protects the movement of any shock or vibration. The suspension system of a competition vehicle fulfills the same role. Without these parts, it would be impossible to take full advantage of the capability of these machines.
In both cases all the power is transmitted through a single piece. The escapement for the watch and the crankshaft for the automobile. They are closest to the heart of the machine and play a major role in the proper functioning of the product.
All these precautions would be of no use without a body or a watch case working in perfect harmony with these internal elements.
The aesthetics of RALF TECH watches and ALPINE vehicles is a compromise between elegance and performance. Each of the parts has its utility, the superfluous being the enemy of efficiency.
RALF TECH watches are designed to be robust and resistant to any weather and environmental stress.
Automotive and watchmaking have common objectives. Timepieces and automotive design concepts have many similarities in architecture as well as in operation.
In 2013, 35 years after his last victory at the 24H of Le Mans, the "Ecurie Tricolor" returns to the top of the podium. Last time ALPINE was there was in 1978.
RALF TECH was already a partner of the drivers Nelson Panciatici, Pierre Ragues racing for SIGNATECH ALPINE team during the 2013 season of Sport Prototype; We decided, in agreement with the team, to get more involved in the project ALPINE and to partner again with the team and its cars throughout the 2014 endurance season.
Our common vision then was to materialize by a first podium at the 24H of Le Mans and a global title of WEC European Champion !
All Alpine Ecurie's drivers were equipped with the WRV «A» Hybrid Limited Edition Alpine
After a first foray into motorsport in 2009 in partnership with young French hopeful Nelson Panciatici, RALF TECH returns in 2011 in the World Series by RENAULT with the KMP team.
Timepieces from RALF TECH are on the wrist of drivers Nelson Panciatici (French, 22 years old, 44 wins, 77 podiums, 37 pole positions and 46 lap records in various racing series) and Anton Nebilitskiy (Russian, 21, already a Formula Ford champion and competitor for the third consecutive year at the World Series Championship).
Another opportunity to demonstrate the reliability and precision of RALF TECH timepieces and to highlight their ability to operate in the most extreme environments and conditions.
On 27 January 1990 the Trophée Andros was born. It had only 4 races but already aroused the interest of the best pilots of the time: Laffite, Jarrier, Beltoise and even Alesi.
An annual and winter event where racing drivers compete on what is considered the real "F1 of the ice", the races are contested affairs in between zero and minus 15 degrees, in all the possible climatic conditions, from dawn to dusk and even at night, the ANDROS Trophy does test man and machine to the limit.
In 2010, the Andros Trophy makes a giant leap forward in car racing, it organized the first race dedicated solely to 100% electric vehicles, a world first.
It was during the 25th edition that the ANDROS Trophy chose RALF TECH as Official Timekeeper for its 2014 season.
The events took place during 8 weeks until the end of February, in exceptional places such as the Alpe d'Huez, Isola 2000 or Val Thorens ski resorts. The famous racing drivers rubbed shoulders with the VIPs and joined the list of participants who had experienced the ice hell.
Some of the most famous were: Alain Prost, Olivier Panis, Jean-Pilippe Dayrault, Jacques Villeneuve, Yvan Muller, Franck Lagorce, Luc Alphan and Romain Grosjean.
Beyond the major role of Official Timekeeper of the event, this competition was once again the opportunity for RALF TECH to demonstrate the ability of its watches to operate in extreme conditions.
Already on the wrist of several racing drivers, the WRX «A» Hybrid Black, has done wonderfully in this unusual and demanding environment.
On July 23, 2014, the official ceremony to grant the 1000th Certificate as combat diver for the Marine Nationale took place.
The official ceremony was held at the Diving School of the French Navy in Saint-Mandrier in the Vars, right on the harbour of Toulon. It was a gathering of the highest solemnity hosting the highest authorities of the Navy and Army of France.
L'École de Plongée de la Marine Nationale (the elite Diving School of the French Navy), founded in 1952, trains the elite of the French Special Forces for underwater operations on behalf of the Commando Hubert of the French Navy and the CPEOM (Parachutist Training Centre for Maritime Operations) of the Army.
RALF TECH has been supplying French Special Forces since 2010 and particularly the elite diving combat units, is proud to have been associated with the event as the sponsor of the 90th National Combat Course of the Navy and the 1000th graduate.
As such, the "X Nageurs de Combats" certified this year, as well as their instructors, have received a new RALF TECH model specially designed for them, the WRX « T » Millenium Hybrid.
Also present at the ceremony were a large number of former combat divers, starting with the creators of the National Marine Diving School, Bob Maloubier and Claude Riffaud, carrying the Certificate number 1 together. They both received with pride their WRX "T" Millennium timepiece from Frank Huyghe, the chairman of RALF TECH.
Since 2014, RALF TECH has equipped with its timepieces all the graduates of the school.
The Intervention Group of the Gendarmerie Nationale (GIGN) is the emblematic unit of the Gendarmerie in terms of armed operations and, more generally, the control of exceptional situations requiring the recruitment of specially trained and equipped men and the Implementation of special techniques and operations.
The GIGN soldiers are trained to the use with very sophisticated equipment and armaments to accomplish their missions. They usually intervene in cases of terrorism, hostage taking, arrest of dangerous individuals, riots in prisons, risks or threats to interests vital to the state, intelligence gathering, and terrorism. The effectiveness and competence of the GIGN are recognized worldwide.
The GIGN intervenes first on the following missions :
Piratair : hijacking of aircraft;
Piratmer : diversion or attack on ships;
Piratome : nuclear attacks;
Piratox : chemical or biological attacks;
Piratext : taking hostages of French nationals abroad; But also the neutralization of fanatics, the arrest of dangerous and armed individuals.
Particularly seasoned but still working in police operations, the GIGN men are able to deploy particularly complex capabilities, operations and equipment especially drawn from military know-how.
One of the special capabilities within the GIGN is operational diving.
Indeed, the operations carried out by the GIGN members sometimes require the employment of operational divers. Men are able to use the underwater medium as a means of projection, or of discrete ingress/egress from the theatre of operation. The GIGN divers are "Certified Combat Divers", which allows them to use advanced technology such as air recyclers in order to progress underwater without detection because of surface bubbles. These divers are used to infiltrate ships and check their hulls for protection missions, or to camouflage themselves in the water during observation and research missions.
The GIGN inaugurated the new Black Series of the WRX "A" Hybrid in June 2012.
The Commando Hubert is a Special Forces unit of the French Navy. Heir to the units of Free France created during the Second World War in Great Britain, this commando bears the name of Lieutenant Augustin HUBERT, killed on June 6, 1944, during the landing operations in Normandy.
A legendary unit, The Underwater Action Commando (CASM) "Hubert", is the tip of the spear of French Special Forces and is deployed in the greatest secrecy on all continents at the request of the General Staff of the Command of Special Operations (COS).
The Commandos that make up the operational company are all paratroopers and certified combat divers.
Commando Hubert includes an operating company and a support company. The operational company is subdivided into 4 specialized sections: support, maritime counter-terrorism, submarine gear and reconnaissance.
RALF TECH has delivered a few units of the very first series of the WRX "A" Hybrid model to the Commando Hubert in 2010 to perform real operational tests in order to facilitate the development of the Series II model.
After 1 year of testing on the world's most risky terrains and harshest conditions, the men of the Commando Hubert adopted the WRX "A" Hybrid to accompany them in all their combat missions.
RALF TECH is following the trail of other prestigious brands that have equipped this legendary unit since the late 1950s.
200 units of their new RALF TECH timepiece were delivered in September 2011 and 200 more in July 2012.
The unit has been fully equipped since June 2013.
In the air, on the ground and of course under water, the WRX «A» Hybrid goes where other timepieces cannot go.
On June 23, 2015, the BRI (Brigade de Recherche et d'Intervention, Police Research and Intervention Brigade) celebrated its 50th anniversary. It is important for our partnership to trace the history of this unit.
Due to the increase in heists and robberies in the 1960s, François le Mouel decided to change the investigative methods of the time. Instead of waiting patiently for a crime and going back to the criminal, he suggested to his superiors to anticipate crimes in order find the criminals before they can even take any criminal action.
In 1964, Max FERNET created, with the agreement of the director of the judicial police, the investigation and intervention unit; its mission was to investigate suspected criminal and robbers in order to arrest them in flagrante delicto and not once criminal acts had been already committed. At the same time and as part of the same unit the counter-banditism brigade (BRB) was created, the combined service was renamed the Brigade of Research and Intervention (BRI) in 1966.
In 1979, commanded by Robert BROUSSARD, the brigade stopped the public enemy n ° 1 Jacques MESRINE at the Porte De Clignancourt.
Since then, the BRI has been constantly evolving and transforming.
The extent of the Bridage's competence today is very varied, ranging from counter organized crime to large-scale banditry, through arrests in flagrante delicto or interventions in crisis situations.
The Anti-gang - the nickname of the BRI - operates between 160 and 200 times a year.
In January 2015, the members of the BRI were alongside the Raid during the assault to the Hyper Cacher. On July 14th, 2015, the BRI marches for the first time at the head of the procession on the Champs-Elysées with the RAID and the GIGN. November 13, 2015 will remain forever engraved as a key date as the BRI men conduct the assault that will put an end to the Bataclan nightmare.
The exceptional capability and understanding of the BRI of difficult situations and environments makes RALF TECH an ideal partner of this emblematic elite unit.
Each BRI's operator is equipped with the Hybrid Black «A» WRV.
RALF TECH now equips most French and foreign Special Forces units.
RALF TECH also equips the most renowned and professional civilian submarine companies whose divers work day and night on the ocean floor, under oil platforms, etc. They validate our technical solutions day after day and help us to constantly improve the quality and reliability of our products.
RALF TECH is continuing its world tour of aquatic disciplines and has reached Paris for the 2015 European Open Water Ski Championships.
More than 100 athletes representing 25 nations are contesting the games from 17 to 22 August 2015 in the Paris region, in the Parc Interdépartemental des Sports de Choisy - Paris - Val-de-Marne, to be precise.
For a long time, the practice of water skiing and wakeboarding has begun to become more democratic. Patrice Martin, "The Little Prince" of the discipline, is now president of the French Federation of water skiing and wakeboarding. He is the most titled French sportsman (twelve times world champion, 34 times European champion), surrounded by his teams has indeed worked hard to ensure that this event is held close to Paris in order to attract a larger audience.
Currently second in the world, the French Federation (FFSNW) and its athletes are also currently preparing to conquer European gold at home.
3 disciplines were on the program, Slalom, Jump and Trick as well as 2 categories, Man and Woman.
It should also be noted that the World Championship of water skiing and wakeboard will take place in France in 2017 and that RALF TECH will again be the Official Timekeeper.
After a fierce fight, it was finally the Czech Adam SEDLMAJER who won the overall final title before the French Thibaut DAILLANT and the Slovak Martin BARTALSKY. Finally, the French team overall climbed to the top of the podium, ahead of the Belarus team and the Czech team, with the Germans and the English being relegated to 4th and 5th respectively.
The three athletes on the podium naturally received a RALF TECH WRX «A» Hybrid «O», thus fulfilling the RALF TECH commitment to support the discipline and the FFSNW.
Since 2014 RALF TECH has been a partner of the ATP tournament "OPEN DU PAYS D'AIX". For Arnaud Clément, Director of the Tournament, the objective is simple, to make the OPEN OF THE PAYS D'AIX a flagship competition in France and then in the World. It has so far been a resounding success since the tournament attracts more and more visitors and players in the top 100 ranking every year.
32 players in single matches and 16 doubles compete against each other on the club's clay court. A few weeks from Roland Garros, winning a victory at the OPEN DU PAYS D'AIX is an undeniable asset. This allows players to gain confidence and take ATP points.
Resistant to shocks, unusual accelerations and dust on the pitch, the WRV of the OPEN DU PAYS D'AIX meets all the expectations of tennis players.
Moreover, Arnaud Clément, former coach of the French team of Davis Cup and Director of the Tournament is a true connoisseur of watchmaking. In this capacity, he knows the RALF TECH world well, since he already carries a WRV «A» Hybrid and a WRX «A» Hybrid «O» on a Barenia gold leather strap, of course the colour of the clay!
RALF TECH has been a partner of this competition since 2014, which brings together excellent professional and amateur players competing in 20 courses in France.
In the end, the qualification for the final is played on the most beautiful French golf courses: the Golf National de Saint-Quentin in Yvelines, the Golf Chantilly in Vineuil, and the Golf Saint-Germain en Laye ...
The competitions are played in scramble at 2 and the best team is rewarded by a RALF TECH timepiece.
With tennis, golf is one of the most challenging disciplines for a timepiece. The violence of the shots puts incredible stresses on a timepiece. A challenge that RALF TECH watches conquer without any problem!