Four Significant Luxury Watches from Baselworld 2014

 

Manufacture Royale 1770

At the last Baselworld, the output of the boutique watchmaker Manufacture Royale was a strictly technical affair. All of the watches featured dial-free, openwork designs, and the flagship tourbillon model was cased in a complex and bulky system of articulated lugs. A year later and under new management, the company has transformed its tourbillon into a gorgeous piece of watchmaking, which contains the DNA of the old model but is essentially an about-face. Conceived by the designer Eric Giroud, the new 1770 model wraps a separate lug assembly, a vestige of the old design, around a flared case. The notes of technicality seem to perfectly balance the voluptuous case and sword-shaped hands. The brand plans an entry into the U.S. market sometime next year. (www.manufacture-royale.com)

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