Manufacture Royale : The paradoxical Androgyne

Androgyne Black & Pink Gold 

Case : black PVD-treated steel, pink gold crown and screws, transparent sapphire case-back, 52 parts. Diameter : 43mm Movement : mechanical hand-wound (Calibre MR02, 108-hour power reserve), ruthenium tourbillon, silicon escapement, hand-polished bridges and plates adorned with Côtes de Genève motif Functions : hours, minutes, tourbillon Water resistance : 30m  Strap : Mississippi alligator leather

Inspired by the Age of Enlightenment and by Voltaire who created the Manufacture Royale d’Horlogerie in Ferney, this brand discreetly launched two years ago by a watch industry professional offers a range of extremely avant-garde tourbillon watches. After a surprising Opéra model featuring a “bellows-type” case, the first minute repeater tourbillon model with an over 100-hour power reserve, Manufacture Royale introduced its Androgyne at Baselworld in several versions, intended according to the respective finishes for watch lovers of both sexes. The personality of this new 2012 launch is as strong as that of its founder, Arnaud Faivre, an exuberant individual brimming with energy and ideas. The quest for original design brooks no compromise with the standards of the profession, which are scrupulously respected. Fully mastery the much sought-after art of vertically integrated production, the brand seems to have sets its feet on a right royal path indeed.

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.

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