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An ode to femininityBASELWORLD 2014: Breguet presents the Reine de Naples Princesse 8968

Inspired by the creation of the first wristwatch by Abraham-Louis Breguet for Caroline Murat, the Reine de Naples watch is identified by the delicate shape of its case. Its elegant curves are an ode to femininity, recalling the origins of all life.

Even though the symbolic shape of the case has entered into history, Breguet’s watchmakers have nevertheless chosen to interpret it in a resolutely contemporary model, while preserving its essence.

The Reine de Naples “Princesse” 8968 watch definitely belongs to the renowned Breguet collection yet it proclaims its own modern and stylised identity. This model deploys lines and spaces, depths and colours to draw the eye into the dimension of time. While retaining its egg shape, the case is curved to fit the shape of the wrist. This technical achievement not only ensures the watch can be worn in comfort; it also reveals a multitude of forms depending on the point of view.

The plain dial follows the line of the case creating an illusion of depth, which highlights the hour markers, also curved, at 12 and 6 o'clock. The gold dial, with its manually operated engine-turned patterns, uses perspectives and contrasts to capture attention. A touch of brilliance tops off this exploit on the face of time because the crown is set with an inverted diamond while the ball attachment is decorated with brilliant-cut diamonds.