It was about a year ago that new, high-end independent brand Manufacture Royale was first featured here on Perpetuelle (for its spectacular 1770 Voltige watch). Today we will look at a new piece from another of the manufacture’s collections, the Andorgyne. Like other Androgyne models, the Androgyne Royale Skeleton Tourbillon features an eye-catching, steampunk-inspired 52-part case with flexible lugs. This unique construction provides a linear-looking frame to the circular watch dial which has 12 bezel screws mark the hours (there are no hour markings on the dial itself). And to ensure that the Androgyne Royale stood out from the rest of the collection, the watch has been given a complete skeletonization of its hand-wound movement that proudly shows off the softly curved bridges (with PVD-blue finish) and flying tourbillon with silicon escape wheel at 6 o’clock. This is not unlike the Androgyne Origine, a special design to celebrate Manufacture Royale’s original founder, Voltaire (see Did You Know? below).
Manufacture Royale Androgyne Royale Skeleton Tourbillon
It is available in two variations. The Androgyne Royale Steel features the “Royale Blue” movement (blue PVD finish) with contrasting stainless steel skeletonized hands, encased in a polished stainless steel case, complete with a blue alligator strap. The “Royale Glacier” variation pops with red hand-painted skeletonized hands atop the “Royale Grey” movement (grey PVD finish) and PVD coated stainless steel case, complete with a grey alligator strap with red stitching (not pictured). Price in USD is $61,600 for variation.
Did You Know?
Modern day Manufacture Royale opened its modern workshop in Vallorbe in the heart of the Swiss Jura in 2010, with the first watches released years later. The original “Manufacture Royale” was founded in 1770 by Voltaire. As one of the leading figures of the French Enlightenment, Voltaire instilled a spirit of independence in the hearts of many, including political leaders and thinkers. The Manufacture Royale’s first watches were, unsurprisingly, sold to royalty and social elites. At its peak in the late 1770’s it employed hundreds of craftsmen, before fading to obscurity until its recent revival..