Breguet Reine De Naples 8938
The Breguet Reine De Naples 8938 subscribes to the egg-shaped design of the original 2002 model. Despite being equipped with a beautifully finished selfwinding movement, the Cal 537/3, the pièce de résistance is undoubtedly the watch’s gem-set case and dial ensemble, yet another demonstration of the luxury marque’s artistic prowess.
In the latter part of the 18th century, Abraham-Louis Breguet made watches for the great and the good. His work came to the attention of Queen Marie-Antoinette who came to admire Breguet’s exceptional timepieces. The last queen of France became a strong advocate for Breguet’s watches and she spoke favourably about his work as she mixed with the highest echelons of society. As a result, the Swiss-born watchmaker enjoyed the patronage of emperors as well as heads of state and other prominent figures.
The Bonaparte family were also avid admirers of Breguet. Indeed, several members of the family purchased timepieces made by the great watchmaker, including Emperor Napoleon I and his first wife L’impératrice Joséphine.
Napoleon’s youngest sister, Caroline Bonaparte, became the Queen of Naples after marrying Joachim Murat. She also became a loyal client of Breguet, commissioning various timepieces. In 1810, she ordered two watches which were recorded in Breguet’s ledgers. One was a grande complication carriage watch, while the other was ‘a repeater watch for bracelet for which we will charge 5,000 Francs’. This timepiece is said to be the first recorded watch to be worn on the wrist.
In 2002, Breguet released the inaugural Reine de Naples collection. Housed in an egg-shaped case and endowed with an off-centre dial, displaying hours and minutes, the Reine de Naples collection is now synonymous with elegance. The Maison has since released several versions of the watch with some featuring a mother-of-pearl dial, guillochage, diamonds as well as other precious stones.
The Breguet Reine De Naples 8938 is the latest release from the prestigious company. The model is housed in an egg-shaped case, in either rose or white gold, and presented on a colour coordinated leather strap. Both the dial and case are suffused with numerous diamonds of various sizes and cuts. Wearer convenience is afforded by the self-winding movement featuring a platinum oscillating weight.
Abraham-Louis Breguet is widely considered the greatest watchmaker of all time. His work was of the highest order and attracted the patronage of the most discerning individuals. Today, the modern-day House of Breguet perpetuates the esteemed reputation of this exceptional watchmaker and the work he created for the great and the good. The Reine de Naples 8938 merely serves to reinforce the marque’s prestigious standing.
The brand’s press release
The Maison unveils a new addition to its collections: the Reine de Naples 8938. A delicate snow setting adorning the dial imbues it with luminosity and splendour. The Reine de Naples 8938 is available in white gold with a blue bracelet and in rose gold with an orange bracelet.
For over five centuries, decorating timepieces with precious stones has been a cherished watchmaking tradition. A technique that calls for great dexterity and unwavering patience. In contrast to the traditional concentric setting, the snow technique uses different sized stones to cover the dial, thereby keeping the visibility of the material upon which they are set to a minimum. The result is unmatched brilliance.
Breguet rounds off the Reine de Naples 8938 dial with an off-centre, natural white mother-of-pearl hours chapter at 6 o’clock. Breguet’s traditional numerals as well as its timeless moon-tipped hands dance upon the dial. The setting continues on the dial flange, the bezel, and the brilliant-cut diamond lug. It can also be seen on the rare and sophisticated cutting of the crown’s briolette-cut diamond. More than three carats of diamonds light up this precious timepiece.
Aesthetics go hand in hand with technology here at Breguet, and the new Reine de Naples model is no exception, equipped with a self-winding mechanical movement, including an escapement and silicon balance spring. The latter comes to life all thanks to the movement of a finely engine-turned platinum rotor.
The Reine de Naples Collection
Breguet dedicates its Reine de Naples models to modern, refined customers who appreciate timepieces that marry sophisticated aesthetics with cutting-edge mechanics.
The Maison’s creations have always seduced and fascinated women of illustrious style, clients such as France’s last queen Marie-Antoinette, the Marquise de Condorcet, or even the Empress Josephine. Caroline Murat was also among A.-L. Breguet’s most dedicated fans, to whom the watchmaker presented a piece in 1812 that was wholly unprecedented for its time: the first ever wristwatch. With its oval shape no less exceptional, the models in the Reine de Naples line draw their inspiration from this mythical creation.