duManège is a young, premier Swiss mechanical watch brand established by Julien Fleury, a passionate horology designer from La Chaux de Fonds, Switzerland. The exclusive timepieces will be manufactured at La Chaux de Fonds, the area popularly known as the centre of Swiss traditional watch making. Julien Fleury’s first collection resumes traditional watchmaking codes, with a definitely modern and technical approach.
The duManège Exploration collection features exclusive mechanical timepieces created in Stainless steel case and black ceramic inserts. These timepieces are entirely produced in Neuchatel Mountains. In addition to the basic timekeeping functions, this watch indicates retrograde calendar and also equipped with a power reserve indication.
The case is made up of nine steel or ceramic components, is 44.5 millimeters in diameter, and water-resistant to 50 meters. The DM-Exploration highlights the keen sobriety of the case’s curves by alternating satin-brushed surfaces with polished beveled edges. The workmanship is meticulous. It was done by the artisans and subcontractors of the region, which includes the famed Jura, of course.
The dial, with a black lacquered coating and the overlaid flange, has a unique style. It’s the duManège style, which is also visible in the particular shape of the indices, the double finishing sanded-and satin-brushed, and the white rhodium-plated hands with tips blued using a varnish. The power reserve indicator is located at 11 o’clock; the calendar with hand-dates is at 7.30. It’s an unusual arrangement and has a functional reason: the caliber was mounted in the case backward to allow the winding crown on the left of the watch, a trend that is popular with some of the major brands. It has a practical purpose, namely, to protect shirtsleeves made of delicate material.
As for the automatic mechanical caliber, it was also produced by one of the top movement builders of the region, the company Technotime in Brenets. It has a power reserve of 120 hours, which is indicated by a hand, has two barrels and a module for the date, also indicated by a hand. The oscillating weight and the finishing have been given some subtle and elegant customization touches, which show that a young, creative and inspired designer is at the origin of the DM-Exploration.
The double barrel self winding mechanical movement has a power reserve of five days. The name La Chaux de Fonds is inscribed on the dial. The movement has been beautified with black duManège specifications.
Model: duManège Exploration Collection – Steel & Ceramics
Stainless Steel, satinated and polished bevels, black ceramic inserts
Diameter: 45 mm
Water resistance: 50 meters (5 bar)
Black lacquer, Blue and anthracite figures
Applied rings and indexes
Hand and indexes with black Super-luminova
Power reserve and retrograde calendar
Self winding mechanical movement
Power reserve indicator
Five day of power reserve
Frequency: 4 Hz
Black rubber strap
Stainless steel folding clasp