A Pièce Unique for the discerning collector who values adventurous styling and supremely technical micro-mechanics, the Manufacture Royale Androgyne Tourbillon Deep Blue Rose Gold model is a compelling proposition. An exciting edition which boasts the resplendent luxury of an 18ct rose gold casing, the piece reinforces the spirit of eccentricity and creativity of its maker. Evoking a commanding presence on the wrist, this exclusive edition stands apart, effortlessly blending Haute Horlogerie with steampunk styling to superb effect.
Established in 1770 by Voltaire, the historically significant philosopher and inventor, Manufacture Royale was reawakened in 2010. Widely recognised today as one of the most distinguished marques in the watchmaking landscape, the company holds true to the ethos of its founding father, through a portfolio characterised by boldly crafted timepieces which boast individuality and innovation. The Androgyne Tourbillon Deep Blue Rose Gold is an exceptional edition which enjoys the exclusivity of bespoke one-of-one status.
The model carries an 18ct rose gold case measuring 43mm diameter and with a height of 10.2mm. Instantly eye-catching it is a complex structure, comprising of a rounded body, clasped within a pair of tubular limbs which are articulated by mobile joints for a superb fit and comfort. Twelve screw heads embedded within the bezel serve to indicate the hours and they give the case of the watch a marginally industrial feel which is entirely relevant to the highly modernistic, and robust personality of the watch.
Beneath the sapphire crystal the architecture of the hand produced movement is laid bare with the tourbillon at the lower sector seemingly suspended in its own space offering the illusion of being almost disconnected from the rest of the movement as it rotates in a sixty second cycle. Above it, a deep blue finish accentuates the profile of the components creating a striking effect which in turn, highlights the superlative finishing on every nuance. Enabling the wearer for a full appreciation of the dial-side view of the calibre, the winding and setting mechanisms and the coiled spring inside the open barrel of the main plate are fully exposed and are fascinating to behold. Finishing this extraordinary arrangement are beautifully faceted golden sword-shaped hands and a screwed-on plaque bearing the provenance of Manufacture Royale.
Together with every other part of the watch, the hand winding MR02 movement which powers the Manufacture Royale Androgyne Tourbillon Deep Blue Rose Gold model has been produced in house and finished by hand. Viewable through the sapphire caseback, one can admire its exquisite finishing whereupon the excellent sunray côtes de Genève decoration complements the sandblasted aesthetic of the bridges and the hand polished chamfers, which are all the mark of meticulous craftsmanship. Beating at 21’600vph, the movement has a more than generous power reserve of at least 108 hours when fully wound.
A timepiece which brings luxury and exclusivity to its wearer, the Manufacture Royale Androgyne Tourbillon Deep Blue Rose Gold has an immense wrist presence and character. A piece very much within its own niche within the world of independent Haute Horlogerie this Pièce Unique which promises unparalleled individuality is presented on an alligator leather strap with a pin buckle.
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