In the world of haute horlogerie, certain timepieces transcend the mere measurement of hours and minutes to become emblems of heritage and romance. The Breguet Reine de Naples 8925, especially in its Valentine’s Day 2024 edition, is a shining example of this fusion of art and technology.
A tribute to the very first wristwatch commissioned by Caroline Murat, Queen of Naples, and crafted by Abraham-Louis Breguet, the Reine de Naples series continues to captivate connoisseurs with its distinctive oval shape and artistic finesse. The 2024 Valentine’s Day edition of the Reine de Naples 8925 captures the essence of love and luxury in a timepiece limited to 28 pieces, a symbol of rarity and exclusivity.
Inside its 33 x 24.95 mm oval case, the heart of the watch, a 586/1 automatic movement, comes to life with 180 meticulously crafted components. This movement not only boasts a 38-hour power reserve, but also operates at a frequency of 3 Hz, ensuring reliability and precision. One of the outstanding features of this movement is its silicon balance-spring, chosen for its resistance to corrosion, wear and magnetic fields, thus enhancing the accuracy of the watch.
Breguet’s dedication to craftsmanship is evident in every aspect of the Reine de Naples 8925. Each component, whether visible or hidden, receives the same level of attention, in keeping with Breguet’s long tradition of hand-finishing. The white gold case-back reveals a platinum rotor and exquisite decorations such as Côtes de Genève and beveled edges, the hallmarks of fine watchmaking.
The Valentine’s Day 2024 edition is also aesthetically pleasing. The white mother-of-pearl dial is gracefully accented with subtle red touches, symbolizing the warmth of love. A flange set with 66 hand-set rubies and a bezel set with an abundance of diamonds add to the watch’s luxury quotient. The crown, set with a cabochon ruby, adds a touch of regal elegance. Discreet red hearts on the offset chapter ring mark the hours, while the hour and minute hands traverse this romantic canvas. Complementing this visual poetry is an alligator leather strap set with diamonds on the lug and folding clasp.
The Reine de Naples 8925 is a story of love and passion, conceived by a woman and realized by a man. The Breguet archives trace the journey of the original watch from its delivery in 1812 to its repairs in 1849 and 1855. This historic timepiece, now lost, was a marvel of its time, with an oblong silver guilloché dial and multiple complications, including a minute repeater, moon-phase indicator and thermometer, and was worn on a bracelet of braided hair and gold thread.