The historic Reine de Naples watch was created as a tribute to the wristwatch that Caroline Murat, the Queen of Naples, ordered from Abraham-Louis Breguet, a watchmaker then located on the Quai de l’Horloge in Paris. This timepiece’s soft ovoid shape, its crown at 4 o’clock, and the distinctive strap lug are characteristics that have made it a truly iconic watch that is recognised and sought after throughout the world.
Available in a number of versions with or without complications, it is introduced here in 18-carat red gold with hours and minutes. It has a self-winding movement, Breguet Calibre 537/1 and a sapphire caseback. The bezel and its flange are set with 117 full-cut diamonds totalling 0.99 carat. In the Breguet tradition, the dial is made of 18-carat silvered gold, with hand engraving done on a rose engine, and natural mother-of-pearl. It is decorated with redesigned Breguet Arabic numerals and has a pear-shaped 0.09-carat diamond at 6 o’clock.
Model: Breguet Reine de Naples 8918 in Red Gold
REF. 8918BR/58/864 D00D
Case: ovoid-shaped, in 18-carat red gold, with finely fluted caseband. Sapphire-crystal caseback. Bezel and flange set with 117 diamonds totalling approx. 0.99 carat. Crown set with one 0.26-carat diamond. Dimensions: 36.50 x 28.45mm. Water-resistant to 3 bar (30 metres).
Dial: in silvered 18-carat gold, hand-engraved on a rose engine, individually numbered and signed Breguet, with inserts in natural white mother-of-pearl. Chapter ring with Breguet Arabic numerals. 0.09-carat pear-cut diamond at 6 o’clock. Breguet open-tipped hands in blued steel.
Movement: self-winding numbered and signed Breguet. Cal. 537/1. 8¾ lines. 20 jewels. 40-hour power reserve. Oscillating weight in 18-carat gold, hand-engraved on a rose engine. Straight-line lever escapement. Flat balance-spring. Annular balance-wheel. 3Hz frequency. Adjusted in 5 positions.
Strap in natural black satin with folding clasp set with 26 diamonds totalling 0.13 carat.
Also available with a chain bracelet in 18-carat red gold (Ref: 8918BR/58/J20 DOOO). Also available in 18-carat yellow gold (Ref : 8918BA/58/864 DOOD) and 18-carat white gold (Ref : 8918BB/58/864 DOOD).