Nov 26, 2015

Introduction to Manufacture Royale, the Enlightened Watchmaker

Tags: 1770, 1770 Voltige, Alexis Gouten, Androgyne, David Gouten, Independent brand, Manufacture Royale, Opera

The first signs of the brand dates from 1770 when French enlightenment philosopher Voltaire established Manufacture Royale in a small town just outside of Geneva. This city is in France and is now known as Ferney-Voltaire in respect to the great thinker.

The manufacture had hundreds of watchmakers and produced important volumes for the time, but it gently disappeared in the vicissitude of time. It was then relaunched in 2010 but the main goal was not to benefit from some kind of far fetched historical link but more to position the brand on the values cherished by Voltaire.

The first watch that came out was a rather ambitious and very distinctive Minute Repeater, the Opera, which features a unique shell-like deployable system that augments the resonating characteristics of the chiming watch. This watch is till being produced in limited series and it set the stylistic reference for the second collection of the brand, the Androgyne. This watch also proposes a very unique design and the brand rapidly moved on to propose 4 collections, including a Tourbillon in it’s 1770 collection and even a double Tourbillon soon to be introduced.

One can note that the watches’ mouvements are all in-house developed thanks to a very special partnership with Tech Ebauche, an important supplier of the watchmaking industry.

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  • manduheavy vazquez

    manduheavy vazquez

    Excellents pieces. They go for the same road how Greubel forsey, mb&f, hyt, great watches and designs.

    Dec 30, 2015

  • bunnspecial


    If I ever won the lottery I would buy the watch with the escapement on the dial side.

    Dec 04, 2015

  • youtubister


    Very interesting this, I was not aware that Voltaire was associated with watch making.

    Nov 29, 2015

  • ali mustapha

    ali mustapha

    i never hear about this brand-its very interasting & nice brand-thank u watches tv-&marc

    Nov 28, 2015

  • GT


    Very interesting brand! Had heard about it before but your video really gave me an insight! Thank you guys and enjoy the weekend :)

    Nov 27, 2015

  • jon heath

    jon heath

    Amazing vid, Amazing channel.

    Nov 27, 2015

  • Daniel S. Gleason

    Daniel S. Gleason

    How affordable is "affordable"? The bald man says they want to stay affordable, but these watches look highly expensive :/

    Nov 27, 2015

  • ianmedium


    Fascinating, thank you for bringing this company to our attention, it is the first time I have heard of them. Keep up the great work.

    Nov 27, 2015

  • Mike Lojko

    Mike Lojko

    Yes! this guy is so hyped about everything, I like it.

    Nov 27, 2015

  • SoCalFreelance


    A stunning country estate to house a very modern innovative watchmaking company.

    Nov 27, 2015

  • yiannis merianos

    yiannis merianos

    wow! the opera minute repeater is stunning! is always nice to see a small brand driven by talent , and not by the market.

    Nov 26, 2015

  • timstring0902


    Wow, another video and even more beautiful watches B-) Plus this time around there were some shots of the beautiful countryside.

    Nov 26, 2015

  • Thoughts, Ideas, and what?

    Thoughts, Ideas, and what?

    Wow the minute repeater caught my attention!

    Nov 26, 2015

  • Abhishek Srivastava

    Abhishek Srivastava

    most amazing! You are the only channel which covers such niche brand which show true love of watches... everybody else only talks about Rolex and Breitling.

    Nov 26, 2015

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