Breguet Reine de Naples 8938: Made for Royalty

by Pressroom

The legacy watchmaker paves the way to your heart’s desire.

Breguet’s Reine de Naples pays homage to the first wristwatch ever known to be made, and made for the Queen of Naples no less. While Abraham-Louis Breguet’s original design made for Queen Caroline Murat in 1812 remains unfound to this day, the legacy lives on in the refined Reine de Naples collection first launched in 2002. The iconic design that defines this collection features an exceptional curved oval case that references the archive descriptions, and has earned a place in many hearts (and wrists).

Upholding the centuries-old watchmaking tradition of adorning timepieces with precious stones, the Maison makes a splendid addition to the collection with the new Reine de Naples 8938. Available in white gold with a blue bracelet and in rose gold with an orange bracelet, the dazzling rendition features an intricate snow setting that calls for a certain deftness of hand and an unparalleled eye for detail. 384 diamonds, individually numbered and signed Breguet, adorn the dial. Unlike the traditional concentric setting method, the stones on the Reine de Naples 8938 are set using the snow technique, where stones of varying sizes are chosen to cover the dial, reducing the visibility of the material on which they are set, and thus achieving maximum luminosity.

The stunning bejewelled setting extends to the dial flange, bezel, and the lug with 161 brilliant-cut diamonds shining with lustre at every turn of the wrist, and topped off with a rare and sophisticated briolette-cut diamond on the crown.

Diamonds are not its only crowning glory. Rounding off the stunning oval dial is an off-centre, natural white mother-of-pearl hours chapter ring with Breguet numerals offset at 6 o’clock, and the Maison’s signature moon-tipped hands in blued steel.

Inside and out, the watch impresses. Under the sapphire caseback lies the self-winding Calibre 537/3 movement, along with an escapement wheel and silicon balance spring wound by a guilloché platinum oscillating weight. Boasting a 45-hour power reserve, the Reine de Naples 8938 perfectly marries timeless elegance and time-telling excellence.

Images courtesy of Breguet, artwork by Curatedition. All rights reserved.

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