Breguet Reine de Naples 9835 and 9838

Breguet expands its Reine de Naples collection by unveiling two new timepieces. Dedicated to women, both models showcase two styles but with one thing in common: the minutes hand that adopts a variety of shapes in the course of its path around the dial.

The Reine de Naples collection draws inspiration from the first-ever wristwatch, delivered in 1812 to Napoleon’s sister, the elegant Caroline Murat, Queen of Naples.

Breguet Reine de Naples 9835 and 9838

The flexible minutes hand gracing the dial of the two new Reine de Naples models is as admirable as it is intriguing. The magic of an ingenious mechanism enables it to change shape according to its position on the oblong dial.

This original mechanism protected by several patents was devised by Breguet. The variable-length minutes hand is composed of two arms linked at one end yet independent of each other. These arms change shape thanks to a clever set of gears.

Breguet Reine de Naples 9835

The hand thus plays with the dial by appearing in different guises when it is stretched at 12 o’clock and then more rounded at 6 o’clock. Behind the device enabling this optical game is an oval cam reminiscent of the Reine de Naples’ characteristic curves. As the minutes go by, each arm operates at a different speed. The dimensions of the hand are constantly adapted in step with its path around the dial, thus perfectly following the shape of the watch.

Breguet Reine de Naples 9835

The white gold case of the Breguet Reine de Naples 9835 watch elegantly contrasts with its midnight blue mother-of-pearl dial, whose subtle hues vary as the light plays over it. Its flange, bezel and lugs are set with 161 diamonds. Its crown bears a briolette-cut diamond, while its folding clasp is adorned with 28 diamonds.

Breguet Reine de Naples 9835

Time is cleverly indicated by an aperture in the dial centre. The powdered silver-toned minutes numerals, featuring a font reminiscent of hand-drawn designs, are subtly offset. This version is available with an alligator leather strap matching the dial colour. The Breguet Reine de Naples 9835 is issued in a 20-piece limited edition.

Breguet Reine de Naples 9838

The white gold case of the Breguet Reine de Naples 9838 watch features a bezel, flange and crown set with blue sapphires. Its white lacquered dial makes a striking contrast with its midnight blue alligator strap.  The various dial elements of this watch seem to be dancing, notably the offset Arabic numerals that appear to stretch and shorten alternately, as does the path of the minutes hand.

Breguet Reine de Naples 9838

Inside the 36.5 x 28.45 mm oval case, 252 components drive the 78A0 self-winding movement with an oscillation frequency of 3.5 Hz. This movement is equipped with a balance spring as well as an in-line Swiss lever escapement that are both made of silicon, a material endowed with multiple properties.

In addition to being resistant to corrosion and wear, it is insensitive to the influence of magnetic fields and enhances the precision of the timepiece. The gear trains of this complication, like all components of the calibre whether visible or invisible, are carefully finished by hand in keeping with the Breguet tradition.

The sapphire back of the white gold case reveals the movement’s platinum oscillating weight as well as the Côtes de Genève motif and bevelling. The gold rim is engraved with the individual watch number recorded in the Breguet archives that have been faithfully kept since the end of the 18th century.

Technical details

Model: Breguet Reine de Naples 9835, Reference 9835BB/5Y/964 DD0D

Breguet Reine de Naples 9835

Edition
20-piece limited edition

Case
18K white gold, sapphire caseback, bezel, flange and lugs set with 161 diamonds, crown set with a diamond
Dimensions: 36.5 mm X 28.45 mm
Thickness: 11 mm
Water resistance: 3 bar (30 m)

Dial
Blue mother-of-pearl
Hands: variable-length hand indicating the minutes and disc displaying the hours through an aperture

Movement
Calibre 78A0
Self-winding movement with platinum oscillating weight
Escapement: in-line Swiss lever escapement, with escape-wheel and flat balance spring in silicon
Frequency: 3.5 Hz
Power reserve: 40 hours

Strap
Blue alligator leather, folding clasp set with 28 diamonds

Model: Breguet Reine de Naples 9838, Reference 9838BB/B8/364 S00S

Breguet Reine de Naples 9838

Case
18K white gold case, fluted caseband, bezel, flange and crown set with blue sapphires
Dimensions: 36.5 mm X 28.45 mm
Thickness: 11 mm
Water resistance: 3 bar (30 m)

Dial
White lacquered
Hands: variable-length hand indicating the minutes and disc displaying the hours through an aperture

Movement
Calibre 78A0
Self-winding movement with platinum oscillating weight
Escapement: in-line Swiss lever escapement, escape-wheel and flat balance spring in silicon
Frequency: 3.5 Hz
Power reserve: 40 hours

Strap
Blue alligator leather, folding clasp set with 28 blue sapphires