The French philosopher historian and essayist Voltaire (1694 – 1778) founded Manufacture Royale over 245 years ago in 1770. Manufacture Royale was born again in 2010, and presents as its latest creation the Androgyne Royale. The Androgyne collection, is made, apparently, in the bold spirit of Voltaire.

As with other Androgyne models, Androgyne Royale features an eye-catching, steampunk-inspired 52-part case with flexible lugs to ensure supremely comfortable wearability. The construction gives a linear frame to the circular watch dial where 12 bezel screws mark the hours.

The Androgyne Royale stands out from the rest of the collection thanks to its complete skeletonization of the hand-wound movement that shows off the softly curved bridges. But that was not enough. As with the brand’s first completely skeletonized Androgyne, the flying tourbillon with silicon escape wheel and ceramic ball bearing is repeated. This time, it is framed in a Royale Blue or Royale Grey movement, with contrasting skeleton hands.

The 167-part Androgyne Royale skeletonized movement displays the precise workings of the flat balance spring oscillating at 21,600 times per hour. With no dial obscuring the view, it is possible to truly enjoy all the finishing executed according to strict haute horlogerie tradition. The MR06 movement’s brass parts went through flank drawing before being chamfered by master craftsmen.

All the parts have also undergone a PVD treatment, resulting in the intense color. The watch is available in two variations: The Androgyne Royale Steel features the Royale Blue movement with contrasting stainless steel skeletonized hands, encased in a polished stainless steel case, complete with a blue alligator strap.

The Androgyne Royale Glacier variation features red hand-painted skeletonized hands atop the Royale Grey movement, encased in a Glacier PVD coated stainless steel case, and mounted on a grey alligator strap with red stitching.

Voltaire once said: “Paper money eventually returns to its intrinsic value – zero”and there are certainly plenty of zeros on the price tag of this particular model.

Androgyne Royale Steel: $61,600.00

Androgyne Royale Glacier: $61,600.00

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