Introduced at Baselworld 2018, MANUFACTURE ROYALE launched what i would call a « simpler » version of the Androgyne series. I find it pretty cool and somehow in the trend of 2018’s fairs. With a large range of colorful creations or bespoke timepieces, the independent brand is taking an interesting path. They were amongst the firsts names to offer very colorful timepieces and i’m curious to see where this « strategy » is going.
The ADN Spirit offers a lot of visibility on its movement and it’s very pleasant.
I like very much the sort of wheels descent (escapement wheel included) from the seconds subdial to the « heart » of the timepiece at 6 o’clock. The open barrel at 12 o’clock is nice and gives you the opportunity to see if a winding action is needed. As mentioned, a small seconds hand is located at 9 o’clock and the crown mechanism is smartly hidden by complex parts at 3 o’clock.
The stainless steel case has movable lugs which isn’t new but remain very comfortable for your wrist. Another M.R. signature are the screws on the bezel, each one representing an hour.
This blue version is less extravagant than its black carbon « sister » with red indications. However, both gave me a Sporty-Elegant feeling.
Definitely worth the try if you like open dials!