The Androgyne collection, by virtue of its very distinctive fifty-two part case, has perhaps stood out as Manufacture Royale’s most immediately identifiable (and complex) case creation if we exclude the Sydney Opera House-inspired ‘Opera’ which inhabits, like the architectural landmark, its own quite special design universe. For those who are unfamiliar with the collection, the Androgyne’s case/ lug design includes twelve bezel screws which double as hour markers.
Today we present to you not one but two Androgyne Royales, one in steel and one in a grey coloured PVD stainless steel case.
With the two models similar in every aspect bar the colour of the case, hands, and movement, let us first take a look at the steel variant.
Although the mirror-polished stainless case of the Androgyne Royale Steel is 43mm (10.2mm thick), the design, particularly the articulated lugs and the ‘double stepped’ kind of design, makes it look and wear bigger than this. In my experience you should never underestimate how important the lugs are in terms of how the watch looks and wears, size wise; two 43mm watches can sit and feel very differently.
Powering both of these new Androgynes is the skeletonised Calibre MR-06 with its new one-minute tourbillon and 108 hour power reserve. It has 167 parts, beats at 21,600 VPH and has a silicon escape wheel, silicon pallet fork, and bridges that have been finished in ‘Royale blue’ PVD then sand-polished. The brass plates have been treated with black ruthenium and also similarly finished.
The Androgyne Royale Pure Glacier Grey PVD Steel features exactly what it says on the label, with the case now a dark grey colour and the movement ‘Royale grey PVD’ instead of ‘Royale blue’. As is popular in the watch world, red is used as the contrast colour, in this case courtesy of hand-painted red hands, as well as a matching contrast stitched dark grey strap.
The RRP for both of these models is CHF 56,000.