Glow and beauty of a queen: new Reine de Naples 8938, with white or red gold oval case (36.5 x 28.45 mm), bezel, dial flange and lug set with 161 diamonds (~1.82 ct), crown set with a briolette diamond, gold dial snow-set with 384 diamonds (~0,89 ct), off-centered chapter ring in white mother-of-pearl, Breguet open-tipped hands in blued steel, self-winding caliber 537/3 with platinum oscillating weight, blue or orange leather bracelet with gold clasp set with 28 diamonds.
For over five centuries, decorating timepieces with precious stones has been a cherished watchmaking tradition. A technique that calls for great dexterity and unwavering patience. In contrast to the traditional concentric setting, the snow technique uses different sized stones to cover the dial, thereby keeping the visibility of the material upon which, they are set to a minimum. The result is unmatched brilliance.
Breguet rounds off the Reine de Naples 8938 dial with an off-center, natural white mother-of-pearl hours chapter at 6 o’clock. Breguet’s traditional numerals as well as its timeless moon-tipped hands dance upon the dial. The setting continues on the dial flange, the bezel, and the brilliant-cut diamond lug. It can also be seen on the rare and sophisticated cutting of the crown’s briolette-cut diamond. More than three carats of diamonds light up this precious timepiece.
Aesthetics go hand in hand with technology here at Breguet, and the new Reine de Naples model is no exception, equipped with a self-winding mechanical movement, including an escapement and silicon balance spring. The latter comes to life all thanks to the movement of a finely engine-turned platinum rotor.
The Reine de Naples Collection
Breguet dedicates its Reine de Naples models to modern, refined customers who appreciate timepieces that marry sophisticated aesthetics with cutting-edge mechanics. The Maison’s creations have always seduced and fascinated women of illustrious style, clients such as France’s last queen Marie-Antoinette, the Marquise de Condorcet, or even the Empress Josephine. Caroline Murat was also among A.-L. Breguet’s most dedicated fans, to whom the watchmaker presented a piece in 1812 that was wholly unprecedented for its time: the first ever wristwatch. With its oval shape no less exceptional, the models in the Reine de Naples line draw their inspiration from this mythical creation.