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Manufacture Royale

A 250-year old watch brand gets a second life in 2010 and carries on the defiant spirit of its founder, Voltaire
Alexis Gouten and David Gouten of Manufacture Royale Alexis Gouten and David Gouten of Manufacture Royale
Manufacture Royale Opera Minute Repeater Tourbillon

Resurrecting a Centuries-Old Watch Brand

Comparatively new to today’s horology scene, Manufacture Royale was actually first founded in 1770. And even more surprising, Manufacture Royale was the business venture of the prolific French Enlightenment writer Voltaire.

Voltaire established the Manufacture Royale workshop in Ferney, France, along the Swiss border. Although Voltaire was largely at odds with the French court, dignitaries applauded Voltaire’s business and considered it an opportunity for French watchmakers to compete with the leading Geneva-made watches.

The Finishing Touches

Manufacture Royale honors the tradition of haute horology by finishing and decorating each component by hand. The collective’s skilled artisans fine-sandblast the watch’s bridges and main plate, which are then hand-chamfered and black-polished with a satin or perlée finish.

Manufacture Royale's Finishing Touches