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Jason Pitsch

Manufacture Royale 1770 Rose Gold Hands-On

Jason Pitsch

At Baselworld 2014, Manufacture Royale launched the 1770 collection which is named after the year the brand was originally founded. Presented in a 43 mm by 11.72 mm case, crafted in either rose gold or steel, the 1770 is distinguished by a 60-second flying tourbillon, visible through the large dial aperture at 7 o’clock. A “flying tourbillon” is not supported by a bridge, at both the top and bottom, instead it is cantilevered (being only supported from one side). The result, is a better view of the delicate mechanics as they perform their gravity defying ballet, for the wearer and any onlookers to admire. The dial of the rose gold model has a silvered opaline finish with applied rose gold hour markers that have been diamond-polished by hand. Huge rose gold sword-shaped central hands indicate the hours and minutes. At

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Manufacture Royale Androgyne Hands-On

The modern iteration of Manufacture Royale is just five years old, however, the company’s roots date back to 1770. According to the brand, “Manufacture Royale workshop turned watches into beautiful pieces of art dedicated to European royalty and elite.” And its founder was none other than the famous French philosopher Voltaire. The manufacture is located in Vallorbe, Switzerland just up the road from Le Sentier and Le Brassus, which are the home to Jaeger-LeCoultre and Audermars Piguet, respectively. They all reside in the famous watchmaking region known as the “Vallée de Joux.” The Androgyne is the brand’s most distinctive collection, with unique articulating lugs that are designed to easily conform to almost any wrist, not to mention giving the watch its unmistakable aesthetic. The case measures 43 mm in diameter by 10.2 mm in thickness and consists of 52 components,

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