REINE DE NAPLES 8905 SAINT VALENTINE 2019
ROYALTY IN ROSE
A few weeks away from Valentine’s Day, the dial on the flagship model in Breguet’s ladies collections comes dressed in rose mother-of-pearl with delicate purple tones to celebrate the most beautiful and exciting of all emotions
Is love a feeling, an emotion, a state of mind… or all three? You probably have to have experienced it at least once in your life to try to define it. If love is present in the heart of a person, a couple of a family, then one date is especially important: 14 February, Saint Valentine’s Day. The tradition begun in English-speaking countries has now spread across the world and millions of people celebrate it. Breguet is also taking part with a new version of the Reine de Naples 8905 model made in just 28 pieces.
This collection launched in 2002 shares many of the features of the very first wrist-watch designed in 1812 by Abraham-Louis Breguet (1747-1823) for Caroline Murat (1782-1839), the sister of Napoleon (1769-1821) and Queen of Naples (Reine de Naples in French). The Saint Valentine 2019 model is oval has a fluted white-gold case and a bezel highlighted by a stream of 128 diamonds. The watch case is 28.45 x 36.50mm. The sapphire glass caseback unveils the calibre 537DRL2, an automatic movement providing 45 hours of power reserve.
The mechanism is perfect and the dial is a wonder for the eyes. The rose mother-of-pearl gives rise to dazzling rainbow effects with mauve predominating. The hour and minute hands, with two blued steel Breguet “moon” tip hands, are set at the centre of a guilloché disc. At 7 o’clock is an engraved seconds sub-dial. The upper part of the dial contains the moon phase with the queen of the night and the stars made of white gold against a bright pink disc, along with a power reserve indicator.
The Reine de Naples 8905 Saint Valentine 2019 is worn with a mauve alligator leather strap.
Price: 38’500 CHF breguet.com
By Sharmila Bertin
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