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Manufacture Royale debuts $1.2 million Opera accordion watch, Sir Steampunk scoffs -- Engadget

Well, pardon us. We balked at the $208 price tag affixed to Tokyoflash's RPM LED wristwatch, but the value proposition there now looks an awful lot brighter when compared to this. Manufacture Royale's looking to catch at least one or two elitists off guard with its new Opera Time-Piece, a $1.2 million device that's composed of 319 parts in the wilds of Switzerland. Purportedly, it was designed by Fabrique du Temps, and the minute repeater plays the hours in the key of A as the minutes chime in C sharp. It's also encased in 18k gold, sapphire crystal and a healthy dose of self-worth. Word on the street has it that only a dozen of these will be made available for sale, with the accordion casing being the standout feature in our eyes. In a manner of speaking, of course.




drooooool! If I could just get a glimpse of this watch I'd faint.
 

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No other pics? That looks sick as hell!

Manufacture Royale debuts $1.2 million Opera accordion watch, Sir Steampunk scoffs -- Engadget

Well, pardon us. We balked at the $208 price tag affixed to Tokyoflash's RPM LED wristwatch, but the value proposition there now looks an awful lot brighter when compared to this. Manufacture Royale's looking to catch at least one or two elitists off guard with its new Opera Time-Piece, a $1.2 million device that's composed of 319 parts in the wilds of Switzerland. Purportedly, it was designed by Fabrique du Temps, and the minute repeater plays the hours in the key of A as the minutes chime in C sharp. It's also encased in 18k gold, sapphire crystal and a healthy dose of self-worth. Word on the street has it that only a dozen of these will be made available for sale, with the accordion casing being the standout feature in our eyes. In a manner of speaking, of course.




drooooool! If I could just get a glimpse of this watch I'd faint.
 

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Manufacture Royale Opera Time-Piece Watch

http://www.ablogtoread.com/manufacture-royale-opera-time-piece-watch/ said:
Beat me with a stick! I just had to plod through Manufacture Royale's nine page long bloody press release - only to have reasserted what they mention in the first few lines; that they are "unashamedly elitist." Wipe my brow and hand me an ol' timey hallucinogenic absinthe, because I need to lay back in a hammock on a steamship and read some Jules Verne to appreciate this steampunk mechanaut.

Oh how right it would be for the good people behind the conception of this watch to redo their text and branding on the watch. It is a cool thing, and the overgrown child in my loves this oddity - but they really need to take it down a few notches. I kid you not, in a nutshell the brand would have you believe that this watch not only sets the bar upon which all future watches must be judged, but also claims that according to the designer this watch release is one step closer to realizing a dream of utopia. Please calmly take an axe to my forehead - for I cannot believe this.

Ok, let's get back to the subject at hand. Manufacture Royale takes inspiration from Voltaire. Yes, that Voltaire - a man that at one point they refer to as the "Super Salesman." They should have just called the watch "Voltaire." That would have been better than making it look like a wrist catapult and for some reason calling it the Opera (well it does have a minute repeater complication).

It also appears that Manufacture Royale (with cheese), has been influenced by the designs of fellow watch brand Louis Moinet. Both seem to be focused on the "age of enlightenment" (and limitless coffers). Another nod to fantasy is the Manufacture Royale logo. Above the "MR" letter is a curved line with the handle of a sword coming out of it. This is the sword in the stone - Excalibur from Arthurian legend. Make of this what you will. I just smile and think of the Disney cartoon. Does Merlin come with the watch? Perhaps a little Archimedes? Owls seem to be really "in" right now.

The Opera Time-Piece (how MR officially calls it) contains a brand new movement that is manually wound, has a tourbillon and a minute repeater. It was designed by the good people at Fabrique du Temps. Built of 319 parts, the movement is quite nice looking. I do enjoy the silicon escapement, and the combo of brass in various tones and finishes. Makes for a very rich look. While nicely conceived, it is not quite as unique as the watch case, but is still quite attractive. Power reserve is said to be in excess of 100 hours. Plus, the minute repeater plays the hours in A, and the minute in C sharp.

Now comes the interesting part. See how the case opens up like the bellows of an accordion? This unique design feature is made to create a resonance cage/chamber to allow for the minute repeater to sound more lively. The unfortunate reality is that the complexity of many minute repeaters is diminished by the tinny sound they make after being cased in a watch. The modern needs of a watch with water resistance (as well as the desire for precious metals that absorb sound) has made it a challenge for watch designers to come up with cases that adequately allow for minute repeater complications to sound decent. For Manufacture Royale had to convince engineers to develop this ultra complex style of articulating case. We can call it the "Beetle shell watch case."

The watch case itself is 50mm wide done in 18k rose and gray gold. It has three sapphire crystals and 60 pieces in its construction. Everything about this watch is crazy. It is weird and wonderful. Ugly and beautiful. A novelty for true collectors, only 12 of these watches will be made - making way for other future Manufacture Royal watches. I really do appreciate the audacity of the men behind this watch and brand. There is a hefty amount of silliness here. They make little attempt to hide the fact that this is one eternally ostentatious toy. The watch comes in a veneered wooden box that is said to be a reproduction of the Bastille Opera House in Paris. In case you didn't detect it yet, the French are behind this timepiece. The price you ask? Well in Manufacture Royale's own words "just like the product - exceptional." And they aren't lying.... $1,200,000. My consumer gland just had an aneurysm.

Case
Case materials and finishing:
-Folding/unfolding case in patented 18 carat gray or rose gold. 3 sapphire crystals.
-Moveable transparent back. Screws and axles in 18 carat gray or rose gold.
-Assembled and polished entirely by hand
-Individually numbered -Case dimensions 50mm in diameter -Number of components 60 -Crown 18 carat rose gold. Polished and diamond encrusted / Manufacture Royale logo hand-polished surface -Hands Hours and minutes in hand-polished 18 carat rose gold.
-Strap Hand sewn Mississippi alligator skin
-Buckle Hand-polished 18 carat rose and gray gold.

Movement
-Movement dimensions Height: 5.45 mm / Diameter: 32 mm
-Number of components 319
-Number of rubies 29
-Power reserve 108 hours
-Frequency 3Hz, 21,600 vibrations per hour
-Plates Brass with sunray brushing, polished angles
-Bridges Brass with sunray brushing, polished angles
-Entirely hand finished
-Bells/chimes Hours in A / Minutes in C sharp
-Tourbillon Escape wheel and anchors in silicon
-One rotation per minute
-Functions Hours, Minutes. Repeater (triggered by slide)
-Gears Counter gears and sound system NIHS 20-02
-Balance spring Flat
-Balance with screws
 

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Arnaud Faivre, Director of Manufacture Royale proved there is no better way to relate to enthusiasts and collectors than to launch with the Cercle de l’Hologerie by offering a preview of the exclusive showing of his brand to members of the Cercle de l’Hologerie. For Arnaud Faivre, “presenting Manufacture Royale and its timepiece, Opéra, to members of the Cercle de l’Hologerie, all enthusiasts, connoisseurs and collectors, was a great moment of sharing and intense happiness for me. I felt strong emotion and great satisfaction at these meetings at the Chateau de Voltaire near Geneva and in Monaco.” The exchanges and attention were on the level of all of the energy devoted to “the ultimate in watch making excellence” for Manufacture Royale.

At the preview, Manufacture Royale launched itself into the heart of the passion of watch making.

Collectors, aficionados, and luxury watch making enthusiasts could enjoy the presentation by Arnaud Faivre, CEO of Manufacture Royale and by the artist-designer Charles Grosbety. The first model of the brand, the Opéra timepiece, was unveiled in front of the members of the Cercle de l’Horlogerie of Geneva and Monaco, who were pleased to be the first to discover it, to see it and, at times, to test it.

The participants fully described the historical context from which Manufacture Royal takes its complete identity, Voltaire in one of his lesser known roles, as the important watch and clock dealer with the creation 250 years ago in Ferney of the first royal manufacturing facility. Strengthened by this heritage, Manufacture Royale is positioned as the ultimate in watch making excellence. Arnaud Faivre, the energetic Director of the brand, then explained the entire process, which exceeds the standards of contemporary luxury watch making. Finally, Charles Grosbety told the attentive audience the inspirations for his work on this first Opéra model, taken directly from the functionalities of the Sydney opera…A repetition minutes tourbillon of this caliber should have had a resonance case at the same level as the perfection as its product.

For David Mouquet, President of the “De l’Horlogerie Group”: “The Cercle de l’Horlogerie is a great experience for enthusiasts, and to discover a new watchmaker at a world preview such as Manufacture Royale is a unique emotional moment for all members. Especially when the founder, Arnaud Faivre, unreservedly expresses all of his passion and entrepreneurial spirit.”

http://www.worldtempus.com/en/news/...or-enthusiasts-aficionados-and-collectors-or/
 

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Having the different turned screws in the bezel for the hours would drive me up the wall... i'm way to anal retentive and couldn't stand looking down at screws that weren't all perfectly lined up at the same angle around the bezel.

Luckily I don't think this is a problem I will find myself with this Christmas... ;)
 

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Having the different turned screws in the bezel for the hours would drive me up the wall... i'm way to anal retentive and couldn't stand looking down at screws that weren't all perfectly lined up at the same angle around the bezel.

Luckily I don't think this is a problem I will find myself with this Christmas... ;)
Yeah, jeez....that was the deal breaker for me too. I was gonna buy one until I read this:D
 

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For 1.2 Mill i'm sure they would straighten the screws out if you asked them to don't ya think?

Love the movement.

I understand the function of the accordion but wtf I have to remember when to do an "up periscope" every time I want to here the "lively" chime of the music? Not feeling the accordion even if it sounded like a bose stereo.
 
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