Manufacture Royale has released a new double flying tourbillon, but with a catch. Each of the tourbillons in the 1770 Micromegas Revolution rotates at its own speed (instead of both operating in sync). This watch is an addition to the existing 1770 Micromegas Collection, which is named after a short story written by Voltaire in 1752 (the name means "small big" approximately; here it refers to the two tourbillons in the watch, which rotate at different speeds). Let's take a closer look.
The very first version of the Micromegas was introduced, with caliber MR04, at Baselworld 2015, and that version of the watch had basically the same system – two tourbillons, one rotating once every six seconds, and another rotating once every sixty seconds; that watch, however, had a standard positioning of the hands, on pivots at the center of the dial. We took a look at the Micromegas in May of 2015, and were pretty impressed with the overall effect – it's extremely weird to see the two tourbillons going at different rates. In the 2015 version of the watch, the two tourbillons rotated in the same direction.
The new 1770 Micromegas Revolution is a big watch at 45mm, and you've got a choice of either titanium or rose gold for the case (the former obviously being much lighter than the latter). The openworked dial showcases the two flying tourbillons, the gold micro-rotor (which matches the color of the case), and eccentric minute and hour dials. The time display is one big change; it's now something approaching a regulator, but a little funkier and unlike any other we've seen before. The hours are told with a hand on a traditional dial up around 1:30 and just below that is a rotating skeletonized disc to indicate the minutes. It took me a bit to get oriented with this system, but it looks like it'd be easy enough to get used to.
The most exciting part about this watch is the new movement, the caliber MR08, which as mentioned earlier features two flying tourbillons, as in caliber MR04 in the original. However, in the new movement, the cages that rotate in opposite directions. As with the first version, the tourbillon cage on the left-hand side of the dial completes its rotation in six seconds, while the right-hand cage rotates at a more moderate 60 seconds. The two are linked via a torque stabilizer which in turn connects them to the power barrel (which provides 40 hours of power reserve). We haven't had a chance to go hands-on with this watch yet, but my guess is that the visual impact of these two regulating organs side-by-side is going to be pretty spectacular. You know, if you're into that kind of thing, that is.
The 1770 Micromega Revolution is available for $150,700 in titanium and $178,200 in rose gold. For more information you can visit theManufacture Royale website.