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The Reine de Naples Collection demonstrates Breguet’s uncanny skills at touching a woman’s most secret emotions and awakening subtle desires
In the year 1810 Caroline Murat, Queen of Naples, wore the first watch ever. And since then Reine de Naples has become a legend and this year happens to be the 200th year since the Queen of Naples wore a wrist watch, a Breguet.
The watch was made by none other than by A. L. Breguet, who in 1783, historical records say, was asked to make a gift for the French queen, most probably by a secret admirer. The purchaser stipulated that the watch had to include every watch function then known to man: equation of time, perpetual calendar, chronograph, repeater, thermomenter, pare-chute and power reserve. Unfortunately Marie-Antoinette never laid eyes on the watch. It was finished in 1827, 34 years after the queen had died.
With such a history, it is perfectly natural for Breguet to stay true to women with the new Reine de Naples watch collection. It is inspired by an early bracelet watch A. L. Breguet created for Bonaparte’s sister Caroline, queen of Naples. With their customary care and precision, Breguet’s watchmakers have created a symbol of feminine refinement in a contemporary jewellery watch.
After 200 years of practice, Breguet knows that you need to be a poet as well as a magician to capture the heart of a queen. Breguet watches have fascinated and enchanted some of the most prominent female figures of history – Queen Marie-Antoinette of France, the marquise de Condorcet and Empress Josephine among them.
With their customary care and precision, Breguet’s watchmakers have created a symbol of feminine refinement in a contemporary jewellery offers Breguet the opportunity to add the first Grande Complication design to the Reine de Naples collection for ladies only: automatic strike. This elaborate ‘complication’ marks the hours automatically every hour on the hour with two strikes, repeated three times, a charming and discreet way of signalling the passage of time. A pushpiece opposite 2 o’clock allows the wearer to deactivate this function.
| REFERENCE: 8928BA
Case: 18 carat yellow gold,
Diameter: 33 x 24.95mm
Dial: Mother of pearl
Back: Sapphire crystal
Description: Automatic movement
Caliber BR 586; Set with 139 diamonds approx 1.32 carats;
The automatic strike is featured on a new egg-shaped movement from the Breguet workshops, developed specifically for women’s watches. It combines the sophistication of automatic strike with the subtle beauty of a design entirely engraved and decorated by hand. Along with the usual technical considerations, its makers factored in their aesthetic ambitions in addition to the results of fundamental research by Breguet technical specialists on the acoustics of watches featuring striking and repeater mechanisms.
The shape of the new movement’s bridges and oscillating weight as well as the details of its decorative work come together to form the image of a dove in flight, visible on the underside of the watch through a clear sapphire back plate. Its white gold case sets off the watch’s white mother-of-pearl dial, framed by a bezel entirely set with diamonds. Separated by a diamond that signals the start of the strike, the hammers are visible on the upper part of the dial, at eleven and at one o’clock.
A true masterpiece of Haute Horlogerie, the Reine de Naples Sonnerie design embodies to
perfection what late Nicolas G. Hayek’s once remarked about Breguet: “Breguet is the perfect meeting of beauty and advanced technology.”