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ADN by Manufacture Royale

This June, Manufacture Royale announced a crazy Street Art version of the novelty ADN watch. Colourful bars and a new layout appeared on the airy ADN, which give a totally different look to the piece. Below the 2017 ADN and the new Street Art version.

Since the history of Manufacture Royale resumed in the 21st century, new extravagant timepieces born in Vaud have been winking back at the great ancestor in the Heavens, Voltaire. The Gouten family re-established Voltaire’s mechanical workshop with the intention of developing something fresh and encapsulating the genius’ free spirit in each piece.

Manufacture Royale’s timepieces are not looking to please everyone, but they seek their soul-mates to establish long-lasting relationship with them. A special segment of connoisseurs will fall for the unique mix of content and design, prominent representatives of which are the Opera or the various versions of the Androgyne. The latter, with that case and lug composition belongs to my all-time favourites.

Manufacture Royale ADN

This year the Enlightened designers lightened the Androgyne up even more with an open dial. The Androgyne ADN watch wears the genetic codes of the previous models, but has a distinctive ethereal look and a brand new movement. In fact, even the model name is a play – ‘ADN’ is the French acronym for DNA and the same could be a shorter version of Androgyne.

The manually wound calibre MR09 was made skeletonized to enhance the transparent look. Gear movements are regulated by a flying tourbillon and the calibre includes a second time-zone function.

The first time-zone is indicated on the most prominent place at 12 o’clock, with a ‘jumping’ hour display featuring a “Manufacture Royale signature” sword-shaped hand. The second time is offset to a sub-dial at 4 o’clock. They are independent and therefore you are able to display non-standard time zones, such as the ones in India, Sri Lanka, Venezuela or the Regions of Australia. The same crown sets both in two positions.

The case diameter is 46mm, but it looks smaller due to the rounded and softened curves and edges. The Manufacture Royale ADN watch is available in 28-piece limited editions each, in three versions: stainless steel, DLC – stainless steel and forged carbon and a pink gold and forged carbon model.


Manufacture Royale ADN Street Art

With a brave move designers introduced a superimposed printed frameset on the watch face as well as a new movement with a center local time function and a tourbillon (MR10). Frames are coloured generously by a technique called water transfer printing. A soluble film is placed in water. By adding an activator the film gets dissolved so that the ink will float on the water surface. The metal components are put in the liquid and the ink wraps around them. The result is a creatively painted structure, which looks sensational on a watch. Matching to the new style, the ADN Street Art comes with a rubber strap.


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