MANUFACTURE ROYALE 1770
Since their inception in 2010, the manufacture has been making some of the most outrageous, outstanding timepieces of our time. Though simple in its looks, in fact the 1770 is far from it.
THE NAME OF NEW WATCH COMPANY Manufacture Royale, formed in 2010, was actually taken from a much older name that was originally introduced in 1770 by French philosopher, writer, historian and entrepreneur Francois-Marie Arouet—otherwise famously known as Voltaire. The idea was to create masterpiece timepieces, beautifully crafted by talented craftsmen and master watchmakers.
Today the new founder carries on with the tradition of producing some of the most exceptionally aesthetically designed watches with equally cutting edge movements. Over the years we have seen two superbly executed timepieces: the Opera, which features a folding and unfolding case, looking like something out of a Jules Vernes book, and Androgyne which has just as complex a case, sans the foldable back.
2014 is clearly a year of austerity as Manufacture Royale has toned down its aesthetics and is instead concentrating on the complications. They have revealed the new in-house flying tourbillon which sits off-centre at seven o’clock and a power reserve indicator just above it at nine o’clock—the positioning of both is rather rare. The tourbillon was created from scratch by 1770’s very own engineers and watchmakers, and it’s connected to the movement at one point, which is considered refined and sophisticated as it is so much more difficult to execute.
To add more modern tech to the equation, the pallet fork and escape wheel are silicon made, which is a material that does not react to temperature flux or magnetic fields. The parts and the case are hand decorated and polished to the highest standards in either rose gold or stainless steel with opaline silvered dial for the former and an anthracite dial for the latter. The indexes are hand applied, corresponding to the case material and the corresponding hands as well. The movement that powers the watch is a mechanical hand-wound caliber with 108 hours of power reserve, which comprises 208 parts in its entirety. They are available in very limited quantity.
Above: Manufacture Royale 1770 in stainless steel with sapphire caseback.