Breguet Reine de Naples Celebrates the Bicentennial of Its First Watch

Swiss luxury watch manufacturer Breguet celebrates the 200th anniversary of its first watch manufactured, this month. The watch was not only a first for Breguet but also possibly the first timepiece for the wrist. Breguet has commemorated the special occasion with production of the Reine de Naples Anniversary Edition watch.

Abraham Louis-Breguet made the wristwatch for Caroline Murat, the Queen of Naples and longtime admirer of his timepieces.

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Breguet began celebration of the anniversary in January with a traveling exhibit which offered audiences a glimpse of the world’s first wristwatch as well as previews of the Reine de Naples collection. The collection, so-named for that queen who ordered the first exquisite timepiece from Breguet, consists of an exclusive watch and matching jewelry.

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The anniversary edition watch takes design cues from the ovoid case of the original watch to which it pays homage. The watch’s bezel and snap are set with 28 diamonds and 27 blue sapphires; the movement of the timepiece is visible through the sapphire caseback. Another 233 diamonds and 303 sapphires of varying shades pave the gold dial and its flange while the alligator strap features a folding clasp set with another 26 diamonds.

To match the bejeweled watch Breguet will also offer the Reine de Naples Jewellry set, which includes a ring, a pair of earring, a necklace and a tiara. Each piece of jewelry hosts diamonds and sapphires set in 950 platinum and is designed around the central motif of a sapphire. Diamonds, sapphires and platinum- not a bad anniversary present!

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