Posted by Brass Goggles 27th November 2010
Maufacture Royale has just released (via a 9 page press release, no less, where they mention in the first few lines; that they are “unashamedly elitist.”) this masterpiece.
The Opera Time-Piece contains a manufacture new movement that is manually wound, has a tourbillon and a minute repeater. It was designed by at Fabrique du Temps. Built of 319 parts, the movement is well decorated, and has a silicon escapement. Power reserve is to be in excess of 100 hours. The minute repeater plays the hours in A, and the minute in C sharp. The watch box is done in veneers, and a reproduction of the Bastille Opera House in Paris. Cost? $1,200,000
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 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