If you are an ardent watch enthusiast you are probably aware that Abraham-Louis Breguet, who established Breguet in 1775, is single-handedly responsible for a number of horological innovations such as the Tourbillon. What is the tourbillon, well we will get into that some other.
And the legacy continues…
I generally prefer large dialed watches, but you know every rule has its exceptions and I have a few too. Its unique, its petite, its elegant and makes me feel like a Queen. Yes it is the Breguet – Reine de Naples. The first wristwatch for women.
A watch that was originally created by Abraham-Louis Breguet for Napoleon Bonaparte’s sister Caroline, the Queen of Naples. Abiding by her request, a slender piece with an oblong shape with straps woven from golden threads was delivered by Breguet to Queen Caroline in the early 1800’s.
And the legacy continues. Breguet now adds a fresh sparkle to the Reine de Naples reference 8918 model with a touch of crimson.
Here is the Reine De Naples 8918 in 18 carat white gold. For starters, the crimson colour of this watch is absolutely spectacular. The center of the mother of peal dial of this Reine De Naples 8918 is engraved with a Clou de Paris guilloché pattern which is adorned with the Breguet blue hands and bold Arabic numerals in red, well almost crimson, to make this elegant watch a little colourful. And no it doesn’t end there. Placed at 6 o’clock, a gorgeous pear-shaped diamond punctuates the hours chapter.
The bezel and the dial flange of the Reine De Naples 8918 are set with 117 diamonds weighing approximately 0.99 carats. But wait. You can’t miss that stunning cabochon-cut 0.27 carat ruby that represents the crown at 4’0clock. This crimson beauty sits elegantly on a similar coloured alligator leather strap with a buckle that is also set with 26 diamonds weighing approximately 0.12 carats. Ok you have admit…She is stunner isn’t she?
Turn it around and the sapphire caseback of this crimson Reine De Naples 8918 reveals the self-winding manufacture caliber 537/3, which has a power reserve of 45 hours.
Even after 200 years the House of Breguet is capturing the hearts of women and making each one of us feel like a Queen.
The Breguet Reine de Naples 8918BB/5P is priced at approximately Rs. 24,15,000.