In 1810, Abraham-Louis Breguet produced the first wristwatch for Caroline Murat, queen of Naples. This timepiece is noted for the delicate shape of its case with its elegant curves that, apart from being an ode to femininity, cannot but evoke the origins of all life. The watch is not only distinguished by its emblematic shape, but also by its movement.
While many watchmakers produce mechanical movements for men only, Breguet has since its beginnings designed mechanical timepieces for women. This year, the Reine de Naples collection welcomes two new versions to the expected delight of those with slender wrists. The seductive power of the collection is concentrated in these Reine de Naples Princesse Mini models, measuring 32.7 x 27.3mm.
The first version comes in a steel case with a self-winding movement. Its domed dial is in shimmering white natural mother-of-pearl, while the hour markers are in marquetry of natural white mother-of-pearl. This is a real achievement because mother-of-pearl is naturally brittle, making its use in marquetry particularly tricky. Another version has also been made, this time in a rose gold case. It has the same movement as the steel watch, but the domed dial is slightly different, being made of mother-of-pearl from Tahiti.
Another feature exclusive to the rose gold model is that the spherical attachment of the strap is set with diamonds while the crown wears a briolette diamond.
Model: Breguet Reine De Naples Princesse Mini 9807
Steel, cambered ovoid with a delicately fluted case band
Dimensions: 32.7 x 27.3mm
Water resistant to 3 bar (30m)
Grained natural white mother-of-pearl, individually numbered and signed Breguet
Off-centre chapter ring at 6 o’clock with Roman numerals in white natural mother-of pearl marquetry
Open-tipped Breguet hands in blued steel.
Self-winding movement numbered and signed Breguet
Cal. 586/1. 63/4 lignes, 29 jewels
40 hours power reserve
Rotor in engine-turned 950 platinum
In-line Swiss lever escapement
Breguet balance on a silicon spring
Balance frequency 3Hz
Adjusted in 6 positions
Strap in leather with a supplementary rubber strap
Also available in 18-carat rose gold with gem-set attachment and crown: Reference 9808BR/5T/922 0D00