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.