The sculptural aesthetic of the Manufacture Royale ADN combines with technical prowess in a watch that is both functional, different and very good-looking.
The Manufacture Royale ADN watch was a clear highlight at the Baselworld 2017 fair this year. HOT caught up with David Gouten, CEO, Manufacture Royale to hear about this new piece.
“This year, for Manufacture Royale, we are back to the roots and we are launching a new masterpiece called the ADN which has taken all the DNA of the brand: Flexible lugs, flying tourbillon, independent second time zone and a unique creative way of displaying time. It shows our creativity and mastering movement development,” explained Gouten.
Manufacture Royale ADN
“We also have a unique way of displaying the jumping hour. It is actually a jumping disk for the hours. The watch is intuitively very easy to read,” says Gouten. At its heart, the calibre MR09 is the ninth to be created by the Brand’s watchmakers. This splendid mechanism regulated by a flying tourbillon displays two time zones like never before. Each may be independently set right to the minute while the local time is indicated by an original patented jumping-hour system. For added sophistication, the hours and minutes of the second time zone are set using the crown without the use of traditional push-pieces or adjustment buttons. The watch is set in position 1 for local reference time and position 2 for the travel destination time.
Enhanced skeleton movement
By removing all unnecessary components, Manufacture Royale enhances the structure of the movement in a highly technical production playing on transparency and volumes. With the brand’s customised approach, superb movement finishing is adapted to the design of each version. The finely angled bridges feature a rhodium finish for the stainless steel model and a darker NAC finish for the forged carbon models. On the back of the watch, the sapphire crystal closed by 4 screws highlights the movement. Everything is perfectly finished. Hand-chamfering, circular-graining, brushed polishing or hooping highlight the attention to detail.
A strong identity
The dynamic forms, three-dimensional architecture and strength of design highlight a singular character. Its sculptural aesthetic is animated by a perfect mechanism, reinterpreting the art of ‘skeleton’ movements in a resolutely contemporary vision. The case of the Manufacture Royale ADN watch is directly inspired by the Opera and Androgyne models at the heart of the brand’s revival. Its curves have been rounded and softened, bestowing its ‘steampunk’ style with an even more modern character. Its mobile horns pivot on the dial formed by two lateral stretcher pieces enclosing the middle whose round bezel is held by 12 screws. This technical construction (no fewer than 67 components) has been studied for optimal ergonomics which lend excellent comfort when worn despite its 46 mm diameter.
“We have three variations, and they are all limited to 28 pieces. Why 28? We have been asked over the years to produce limited editions. 28 is the number of years that our founder was exiled from France! We have a steel version. We have a beautiful contrast between rose gold and forge carbon. We also have a superhot black DLC with forge carbon and red sapphire crystal back,” says Gouten.
The Manufacture Royale ADN is the ultimate travel companion- both aesthetic and technical, and a masterpiece in its own right.