Manufacture Royale : Royal Metaphors

Androgyne Royale Steel

CASE : steel

SIZE : 43mm in diameter, 10.20mm thick

MOVEMENT : MR06, mechanical hand-wound, flying tourbillon, silicon escape-wheel and pallet-lever. Ceramic ball bearings. 108h power reserve. Mainplate and bridges entirely hand-decorated with fine sandblasting, hand-polished chamfers, blue or gray PVD treatment

FUNCTIONS : hours, minutes

1770 Micromegas Revolution

CASE : titanium or gold SIZE : 45mm in diameter, 11.8mm thick

MOVEMENT : MR08, mechanical self-winding, micro-rotor, double flying tourbillon : one rotation in 6 seconds, another in 60 seconds. Silicon escape-wheel and pallet-lever. 40h power reserve. Purple, blue or khaki PVD finish FUNCTIONS : regulator-type display of the hours, minutes appearing on a skeletonized wheel

DIAL : black or silver-toned with hours hand. Skeletonized minutes hand

STRAP : hand-sewn alligator leather


Two enlightened minds with different ways of thinking, jointly striving for enhanced precision. Two mechanical complications with different gyrations, yet sharing the same time. The two flying tourbillons of the 1770 Micromegas Revolution by Manufacture Royal appear to be performing a singular reenactment of the interstellar adventures experienced by the fictional characters of Voltaire, its illustrious founder. While one of them revolves in the traditional minute, the other takes just six seconds to do so. A torque stabilizer averaging out the two mechanisms enables them to express their full precision. Finally, the background for this fascinating paired choreography resembles the extraordinary journeys undertaken by those same characters. Like a scientific demonstration, pure mechanics are displayed and staged in spectacular fashion, flying above an empty space or a strikingly colored mainplate. The highly distinctive style of the Manufacture Royale is also reflected in this new Androgyne model, the Androgyne Royale Steel, which features an entirely skeletonized movement. The architecture of the bridges endows the model with its dynamic and powerful aesthetic, as well as its lightness. Its articulated case middle, composed of 52 parts, further accentuates its original design, ensuring a particularly comfortable fit on the wrist. An adventure-loving beauty that is bound to make a strong impression.

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