Born from a connection between a client and a watchmaker, The Breguet “Queen of Naples” collection is one of the most iconic ladies watches from Breguet. Abraham Louis Breguet as the watchmaker and the client was Caroline Murat, née Bonaparte, who was Queen Consort Of Naples from 1808 to 1815.
Caroline Murat was a collector of Breguet timepieces, she owns more than thirty pieces including the iconic oval shaped wristwatch.
In 2020, For the very first time, Breguet highlights the delicate oval shape of the dial of the Reine de Naples with pure, bright white grand feu enamel, complete with numerals in celestial shades.
The new Reine de Naples 8918 features expertly applied grand feu enamel on its dial, a first for this collection. Against an immaculate background, the stylized Breguet Arabic numerals appear in blue enamel, as does the signature of the House and the words “émaillé Grand Feu” (grand feu enamel).
The alligator leather strap, fitted with a folding buckle set with 28 diamonds, echoes these heavenly hues. Adorning the circumference of the bezel and the dial flange are 117 diamonds surrounding this composition in white gold. The Reine de Naples 8918 in grand feu enamel ticks to the rhythm of a self-winding manufacture calibre.
The demanding grand feu enamel technique creates dials with a unique grain and immutable colours. During the particularly delicate creation process, the dial is heated at a temperature above 800°C – hence the name of this traditional technique. It is placed in the kiln several times in order to create a natural sheen to the surface.
The time can be easily read thanks to the fine Breguet hands in blued steel. The off-centre hours chapter features dots, diamond-shaped markers and fleurs-de-lis, punctuated by a pear shaped diamond at 6 o’clock. If the light is just right, the reflections allow a glimpse of Breguet’s secret signature, which is placed at 3 o’clock.
A white-gold case with finely fluted sides houses the self-winding manufacture calibre 537/3, which has a power reserve of 45 hours. A briolette-cut diamond lends a touch of sparkle to the crown at 4 o’clock.
The sapphire-crystal caseback reveals the movement of the watch. Each component is decorated by hand with great care. If the owner wishes, the House of Breguet will record her name in its archives, kept since the late eighteenth century, next to the individual number, engraved on the back of the watch.