BASELNEWS 2011Now in red gold: Breguet Reine de Naples 8918
Breguet watches have always charmed women, from Queen Marie-Antoinette of France through Empress Josephine to the Marquise de Condorcet. The 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.
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