March 2014

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.

Opera by Manufacture Royale
Opera by Manufacture Royale
Manually-wound mechanical movement, minute-repeater tourbillon with silicon escape wheel and lever, 108 hours of power reserve. Folding case in 18-carat gold (inspired by the Sydney Opera House) with a hinged case middle (60 hand-assembled components) that allows for a considerable increase in the volume of the repeater.

Androgyne by Manufacture Royale
Androgyne by Manufacture Royale
Manually-wound mechanical movement with tourbillon and silicon lever and escapement, 108 hours of power reserve. 43mm case in black PVD steel with 52 components, polished 18-carat red-gold screws. Alligator leather strap. Water resistant to 30 metres.

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