Gérard Gouten, David Gouten, Alexis Gouten and Marc Guten (from left to right) have decided to combine their skills and their vision of Fine Watchmaking within GTN Luxury Holding SA, now owner of the brand launched by Arnaud Faivre in 2010. Manufacture Royale is particularly known for its emblematic Opéra model featuring a fold-out bellows-type case, the first timepiece with a minute repeater and tourbillon, and for its highly contemporary, immediately identifiable Androgyne line. All the Manufacture Royale models are equipped with tourbillons made in-house, as the brand has access to the entire production facility of Tec Ebauche, capable of designing prototypes and industrialising them. The combined network and experience of these company directors from the same family and active worldwide in the fields of communication, distribution and product marketing, should bring this burgeoning brand a significant growth spurt, while sparing it the errors of youth. From January 2014, the versatile quartet will present a special series of models featuring entirely redesigned and original tourbillon bridges. When you run into the new Manufacture Royale ambassadors, remember to say Gouten Tag.
Brice Lechevalier is editor-in-chief of GMT and Skippers, which he co-founded in 2000 and 2001 respectively. He has also been CEO of WorldTempus since it joined the GMT Publishing stable, of which he is director and joint shareholder. In 2012 he created the Geneva Watch Tour, and he has been an advisor to the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève since 2011. Also closely involved in sailing, he has published the magazine of the Société Nautique de Genève since 2003, and was one of the founders of the SUI Sailing Awards in 2009 and the Concours d’Elégance for motor boats at the Cannes Yachting Festival in 2015.