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The gift of time: Breguet’s Reine de Naples is the perfect present

The refined aesthetics of Breguet’s Reine de Naples collection have not only withstood the test of 200 years, but also been endowed with a storied history. Inspired by the very first wristwatch Breguet presented to Caroline Murat — Napoleon’s sister and the Queen of Naples — each of the fine timepieces in this collection is infused with sophisticated sensibilities. Whether you’re looking to add new sparkles to your wrist or purchase an extraordinary gift for the lucky lady in your life, you’re bound to find a Reine de Naples model that’s just right.

What makes Reine de Naples — and other Breguet collections — so special is the brand’s remarkable diversity in design and technique. Take, for example, the latest Reine de Naples models: 8918 with dial in Tahitian mother-of-pearl, rose-gold 8928 and white-gold 8928 with dial in natural white mother-of-pearl. Aside from the unmistakable hallmarks of a Breguet watch — open-tipped hands, delicate caseband fluting, distinctive Breguet numerals — all Reine de Naples models boast a signature cambered ovoid case, as well as a set of unique characteristics.

A vintage design with contemporary touches, the rose-gold Reine de Naples 8918 is finely adorned with 68 brilliant-cut diamonds and a dainty dial in Tahitian mother-of-pearl. The shimmering iridescence and natural patterns of the mother-of-pearl ensure that no two dials will ever be the same, and this particular model’s lining is also enriched with a stunning golden-brown tint. At the six o’clock mark, you’ll also find that the Reine de Naples 8918 is embellished with a sparkly briolette diamond, a distinct aesthetic detail for this model. With the sapphire-blue open-tipped Breguet hands creating a pleasing contrast with the dial, the jewelled timepiece exudes both a soft radiance and timeless elegance.

Featuring an ethereal dial in natural white mother-of-pearl, the rose-gold Reine de Naples 8928 sets itself apart from the 2017 new models with its diamond-encrusted spherical bracelet clasp located at the six o’clock position of the dial. This design calls upon the expert watchmaker to practice a setting skill named serti neige, or snow setting. This unique style involves setting the precious stones of different sizes upon the spherical surface, and hand-sculpting gold around each stone to hold the sparklers in place. Beautifully fashioned with 139 brilliant-cut diamonds, the Reine de Naples 8928 is an astonishing gem-set watch that can be worn on a daily basis.

Sharp and supremely feminine, the white-gold Reine de Naples 8928 is a mesmerising model with pink-rimmed Breguet numerals, which are complemented by the pink calfskin leather strap. The pink accents against the glimmering mother-of-pearl dial are extremely eye-catching, and the colour goes wonderfully well with the feminine curves of its ovoid case. Similar to the rose-gold Reine de Naples 8928 — the two timepieces share the same model number — this white-gold version is also graced with a diamond-encrusted bracelet clasp.

The Breguet movements, meanwhile, feature an inverted, in-line lever escapement with silicon horns, coupled with a balance spring made from silicon. Even more impressive is that each of these new Reine de Naples models is equipped with either a Calibre 537/3 and a 45-hour power reserve (8918) or a 38-hour power reserve (8928) — a significant achievement in the art of mechanical watchmaking for women.

Whether it’s the shimmering beauty of the mother-of-pearl dials or the refinement of the Breguet numerals, the design language of the fine Reine de Naples collection speaks so powerfully to us and, especially, watch connoisseurs. Drawn to its extraordinary diversity in design, each of the Reine de Naples is a symbol of feminine refinement.

Breguet Boutiques
Pendulum, Siam Paragon, M Level Siam Paragon Pathumwan, Bangkok, +66 2 610 9423
Pendulum, Gaysorn, 1st Floor, 999 Ploenchit Road, Patumwan, Lumpini, Bangkok, +66 2 656 1116-7
Cortina Watch Espace, 1st Floor, Erawan Bangkok, 494 Ploenchit Road, Lumpini, Pathumwan, Bangkok, +66 2 250 7999

The gift of time: Breguet’s Reine de Naples is the perfect present

Rachel Kwok

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