The Manufacture Royale ADN Street Art is a fascinating watchmaking creation, imposing its style through established identity codes. The dynamic forms, three-dimensional architecture, and strength of design highlight the avant–garde spirit of the Manufacture. Its sculptural aesthetic is animated by a perfect mechanism, the MR10 (Manufacture Royale’s tenth calibre) reinterpreting the art of ‘skeleton’ movements, complete with a one-minute flying tourbillon on silicone ball bearings, in a resolutely contemporary vision.
For its latest collection, Manufacture Royale finds inspiration in today’s street art. The ADN Street Art collection masterfully plays with a concept found in Voltaire’s Philosophical Dictionary: “a chaos of clear ideas.” This phrase illustrates the notion of a visually “clear” method of telling time offset by the “chaos” of individualized creative artistic expression.
With the launch of the ADN Street Art, Manufacture Royale carries the banner for personalexpression. Stripped bare, the skeleton of the movement has become the canvas for whatever a client envisions (their very own exclusive design) accompanied by the constant beat of its mechanical pulse, regulated by a one-minute flying tourbillon. Made up of several overlapping squares, each superimposed printed frame becomes one with the composition, reflecting the rhythm of the tourbillon. Using the technique of water transfer printing, a water soluble film with a printed motif is placed on the water’s surface in a vat. Then, an activator is added, dissolving the film that the motif is printed on, leaving only the ink on the surface of the water. After the movement components have been placed in the water, the ink wraps around them and adheres. Once removed from the vat, the components are rinsed and rhodium plated. The resulting unique water transfer printed components artfully highlight the skeleton movement’s architecture and define each one-of-a-kind timepiece.
Seated in the ADN (DNA in French) case, which combines elements of Manufacture Royale’s first two collections (the Opera and Androgyne) whose makeup is decidedly steampunk, each unique movement is perfectly framed. By incorporating this figurative genetic code, Manufacture Royale celebrates its heritage, while forging a more rounded and softened modern creation. Its mobile lugs pivot on the case formed by two lateral stretcher pieces enclosing the middle, whose round bezel is held by 12 screws. Despite its 46 mm diameter, this technical construction with no fewer than 67 components and studied for optimal ergonomics fits comfortably on the wrist.
The Manufacture Royale ADN Street Art watch is offered on a flexible rubber or leather strap with stainless steel or stainless steel-DLC folding buckle, ensuring wearing comfort and security. Each piece is unique. Retail Price: $73,500 USD. For more info. on Manufacture Royale, Click Here.