Breguet Reine de Naples 8908, a Gold Easter Egg for a Queen

By rolex
June 14, 2021
4 min read

During our gathering with Breguet at Baselworld 2018, the brand brought up that Breguet’s ladies’ watches represent a full 40% of the brand’s deals and that one of the current successes worldwide is the Reine de Naples Ref. 8918 of 2017 . The goose that lays the golden eggs at Breguet is the Reine de Naples watch, the particular egg-molded watch that has showed up in endless adornments varieties since its debut in 2002. Returned to this year with Ref. 8908, this Reine de Naples programmed women’s model is housed in a 18k rose gold case set with precious stones and highlights a fantastic Tahitian mother-of-pearl dial, a moon stage complication, and a force save indicator.

Breguet’s superstar clients

Abraham-Louis Breguet appreciated the custom of France’s eminence and nobility and his superstar customer list included Queen Marie Antoinette, Empress Josephine, and Caroline Murat, Napoleon Bonaparte’s sister and Queen of Naples. As the main watchmaker of the day – and considered perhaps the best horologist ever – Breguet’s customers needed the most recent watchmaking firecrackers and Caroline Murat was no exception.

Considered to be one of the principal instances of a wristwatch, Breguet’s 1812 “oval molded repeater watch”, commissioned by the Queen of Naples, was fitted with a petite wristlet. Depending on verifiable descriptions of the first put away in the Breguet Museum on Place Vendôme, Breguet dispatched the Reine de Naples assortment back in 2002, with its particular egg-formed case.

Sisters in spirit

Caroline Murat’s watch was a confounding mechanical show-stopper and was furnished with a repeater instrument, a quick/moderate pointer, a thermometer and a motor turned silver dial. In spite of the fact that there are no enduring outlines of Caroline Murat’s watch, the new Ref. 8908 copies the format of her distinguished precursor with moon stage capacities and a force save marker and the exemplary motor turned silver dial we as a whole partner with Breguet.

A imperial egg

The rich ovoid case estimates 36.50 x 28.54mm (which in the Reine de Naples family is considered a Medium size case) and has a consoling weight, contact and presence that can just come from gold. The delicately fluted case band is a sign of Breguet watches, and the bezel and dial spine are set with 128 splendid cut jewels for a bit of rich shimmer. Like every one of her sisters, Ref. 8908 highlights a cabochon ruby in the crown and the unmistakable round-formed connection that accepts the tie at 6 o’clock.

A delicious dial

Viewing the watch in various light conditions, the iridescent Tahitian mother-of-pearl utilized on the dial shifts back and forth between a warm champagne tone to a more extravagant and hazier greeny-pinky-chocolatey earthy colored. Shown in a sickle formed opening, the moon stage marker at 12 o’clock is cleared over by a blued hand to demonstrate the force reserve.

Both the off kilter hours and minutes counter and the crossing little seconds are decorated in conventional Breguet style with a motor turned completion executed by hand on a gold dial plate and afterward covered with silver. Two diverse motor turned completions are included in the counters and the hours, minutes and seconds are shown by blued hands. In the event that you take a gander at the zone between the Roman numerals at 11 and 1 o’clock, you will see two minuscule scrawls. They are, truth be told, a mysterious mark devised by Breguet in 1795 to deal with forgers. Carved into the dial, Breguet’s mark is basically imperceptible to the unaided eye yet is as yet considered a badge of genuineness today alongside the remarkable creation number of the watch, arranged in pride of spot on the dial.

Ref. 8908

Equipped with oneself twisting in-house type 537, the development has a force save of 45 hours and sways at 3.5Hz. A sapphire precious stone looking into it back uncovers the round development complete with a Breguet balance haggle contemporary equilibrium spring in silicon. Furthermore, similar to the case with all Reine de Naples watches, the development is likewise exclusively marked and numbered.

Available on a dark silk tie with a precious stone set collapsing catch for EUR 35,200 or on a rose gold wristband for EUR 60,600, you can discover more data here .