In 1783, Elisabeth Vigée-Le Brun painted a portrait of the French queen called Marie-Antoinette à la rose. In honour of its most famous client, Breguet became inspired by Marie-Antoinette’s world to create some exceptional pieces. “La Rose de la Reine” collection has thus captured the rose the queen is holding in the picture and staged it in a cameo — the traditional southern Italian art of sculpture on the surface of a shell.
Today Breguet has added a watch named “Secret de la Reine” to this suite of a ring, bracelet, earrings, a pendant and a sautoir necklace of Akoya pearls, either one or two metres in length. In the tradition of secret watches where the time is hidden, pressing the cameo rose reveals the hours and minutes. The petals of the rose are reproduced in the minutest detail, while the company’s gem-setting skills are amply displayed on the dial and flange as well as on the collection’s emblematic bow.
In a case of white or rose gold, this model does not deter Breguet from fitting mechanical movements in watches for women. It therefore has a self-winding calibre 586 movement as well as non-reflecting glass on both sides.
Model: SECRET DE LA REINE
Round case in 18-carat white gold
Unique sculpted floral cameo and bow decoration in 18-carat white gold paved with 431 brilliant-cut diamonds, pivoting on a shaft to reveal the time
Dial flange set with 48 diamonds.
Dial in silvered gold, set with 116 brilliant-cut diamonds
Breguet medallion in white mother-of-pearl inset at 12 o’clock
Open-tipped Breguet hands
Numbered and signed BREGUET. Cal. 586, 6¾ lignes, 29 jewels
38 hours power reserve
In-line Swiss lever escapement
Flat silicon balance-spring
Heat-pleated leather strap with folding clasp paved with 26 brilliant-cut diamonds
Approx. 3.6 cts of diamonds in total