David Gouten, Marc Guten, Gérard Gouten and Alexis Gouten, all members of the same family and all well known in the watchmaking community (both as distributors and managers of high-end watch brands) recently took over the reins at Manufacture Royale, which was established in 1770 by Voltaire, not far from Geneva.
Having disappeared during the French Revolution, the “new” Manufacture Royale was launched three years ago by par Arnaud Faivre, a major component manufacturer. It made its mark at its launch with the Opera minute repeater with “bellows”. Now under the Gouten/Guten holding and backed up by the Arnaud Faivre manufacture (which produces all the components for the watches apart from the barrel and the escapement), it is starting to reveal its intentions and is presenting new versions of the Opera, as well as a Tourbillon Androgyne. But there will be more surprises in the coming months. See them at the Palace at BaselWorld.
Source: Europa Star April - May 2014 Magazine Issue