Swiss luxury watch brand Manufacture Royale pays tribute to Micromegas, the mythical hero of a short story by Voltaire, by unveiling a complication timepiece featuring a groundbreaking double flying tourbillon rotating at two speeds. Successfully combining the height of horological technology with the Voltairean philosophical tale from which it takes its name, the 1770 Micromegas has the pleasure and the ambition to inspire.
In this short story, Micromegas was a 120,000-foot tall giant who set out to explore space after being expelled from his own planet, Sirius, as punishment for his dissenting ideas. After visiting Earth, and having observed the arrogance and ignorance of its inhabitants, Micromegas concludes that dialogue and tolerance are the keys to living in harmony.
In addition to its Haute Horlogerie finishes, the MR04 calibre is given NAC surface treatment. Conventional jewels are replaced by ceramic ball bearings. Such new, innovative and unexpected characteristics reflect Manufacture Royale's uniquely enlightened approach to watchmaking.
The case construction reflects the identity of Manufacture Royale, and the aesthetic and technical attributes of its 1770 collection, with two brancards that hug the central section then extend to form the lugs. Assembled from multiple elements, it confirms a powerful, technical dimension taken from the automotive world. Angles and straight edges blend with curves while satin and polished finishes intersect at complex angles in a demonstration of technical mastery and attention to detail. Lines are tighter, more edgy, as is the notched bezel. Like the dial, it is crafted from titanium for its qualities of lightness and resistance. The back of the case is open to show the new calibre.
1770 Micromegas opens up a new chapter in the development of Manufacture Royale, which takes its strength and creativity from its independence.
Calibre MR04, In-house Mechanical, self-winding
Dimensions: diameter: 36mm / height: 8.7mm
Power reserve: 80 hours
Frequency: 3Hz, 21,600 vibrations/hour
Plate and bridges: Mainplate with Côtes de Genève, 5N engraving
Silicon escape wheel and pallet fork
Balance spring: Flat
Double flying tourbillon
- Left tourbillon: one rotation/6 seconds
- Right tourbillon: one rotation/60 seconds
Dimensions: Diameter: 45mm / height: 11.8mm
Crown: MR logo, sanded, hand-polished
Crystal: Sapphire, antiglare treatment on both sides
Water resistance: 3 ATM
Rubber-effect black lacquer, SuperLuminova, titanium and Titalyte treatment
Buckle: Titanium folding clasp