Breguet Classic Women’s Watch-queen Of Naples

As a famous watchmaker, Abraham-Louis Breguet not only has rich inventions, but also the watchmaker most loved by Emperor Napoleon of France. Perhaps it was because of Napoleon’s influence that his family had a special preference for Breguet watches. Among them, Napoleon’s youngest sister, Caroline, who was the youngest of Napoleon, was the queen of Naples. Ordered 34 Breguet watches, so it became the best patron of Breguet without a doubt. Caroline is Napoleon’s most beloved sister. ‘The family is the most like Caroline and me.’ This is Napoleon’s evaluation of this beautiful, determined, independent, and loyal sister. Caroline not only has an enviable appearance and noble identity, but also has an enviable talent and wisdom. This stems from her desire for knowledge. She always spares no effort to learn and enrich her mind. This is very important. Like his emperor brothers, they admire each other, and they also admire Mr. Breguet, who has an intelligent mind and strong creativity.
    In January 1800, Caroline married Joachim Murat, one of Her Majesty’s most valiant marshals. Napoleon personally presided over his sister’s wedding with Joachim Murat. On August 1, 1808, Murat became King of Naples, and Caroline was the famous Queen of Naples.
    When her husband went out to fight, the Queen of Naples assumed the role of regent of the kingdom. During the regency, she started with social stability, vigorously promoted the development of industry, strengthened the governance of society, established various research institutions, and encouraged the preservation and salvation of Naples traditional culture. She has hired a number of artisans and personally supervised the renovation of the palace. She is also keen on archeological excavations in the ancient cities of Herculaneum and Pompeii and strongly supports industrial manufacturing. At the same time, she introduced her noble taste for art to Naples. French painter Angell, Parisian artisans, and theater culture all shined in Naples history because of her. Of course, this also includes extraordinary watchmakers- Breguet.
    The marriage between Queen Naples and Breguet dates back to June 8, 1810. On her 23rd birthday, she ordered two very special timepieces from Mr. Breguet as birthday gifts, which cost 100 Louis. One of them is an ultra-complex watch with the function of asking the watch. Due to the need to customize an extra bracelet, an additional fee of 5000 francs will be charged. The order number is 2639. Two months after she commissioned it, Breguet started making watches and delivered the finished products on December 21, 1812, which took two and a half years to complete.

    The ‘long oval bracelet watch’ specially ordered by the Queen of Naples is a common questionnaire for Breguet, but it is more rare that it uses an oval case design. An order record for this watch can be found on page 29 of the brand’s customer archives at the Breguet Museum in Paris, which states that it uses a lever escapement with a thermometer. A total of 17 artisans with names are put into production, and they must be produced in 34 parts. At the request of the Queen of Naples, the gold guilloche disc was changed to a silver guilloche disc. She also requested the use of Arabic numeral timescales, which usually appeared on enamel dials and rarely on gold or silver dials.
    Breguet not only kept the ‘birth certificate’ of this watch, but also kept detailed records of its repairs. In March 1849, a person named Rasponi returned the watch for repair and lived in Paris Rued ‘Anjou 63’. And the Countess is the fourth child of Caroline Mullah. The maintenance costs are also clearly recorded and cost a total of 80 francs. In 1855, this watch was returned for repairs, and this was Breguet was exposed to this watch for the last time. Since then, the watch has never appeared in official records.
    Today, the whereabouts of this watch is unknown and it is difficult to track down. No public records or private collections have any relevant records. The only written records in the Breguet historical data book provide us with a wealth of concepts and imaginations: It is an unprecedentedly new ultra-thin watch with an ultra-thin structure. It is an oval watch that combines ultra-complexity with a watch. It is equipped with a bracelet woven with ultra-fine gold threads. 200 years ago was the era of pocket watches. With its unique taste, the Queen of Naples ordered Breguet watches that could be worn on the wrist, which was enough to call it an innovative idea. Her innovative ideas and Breguet’s innovative technology have made the birth of the world’s first wristwatch, which has both the decorative effect of the bracelet and the chronological performance, making the watch a favorite of noble ladies from now on. A new chapter in watch evolution.

Reproduce the glory-Reine de Naples
    In 2002, Breguet launched the Reine de Naples series based on the prototype of this first watch, and since then it has become Breguet’s most important women’s watch series. The uniquely shaped dial with grid pattern, Breguet hands, asymmetrical setting of hours, minutes, seconds, moon phases, and power reserve display all reflect an obvious 18th century style, but at the same time Is a fashion-forward boutique. Despite its profound history, this watch is still a true example of modern design. Its shape is unusual, but it goes well with the features it covers. The diamond design and the convex sapphire set on the crown make the decoration of the watch extremely feminine, but it is never lost in pearls. Since its inception, this watch has been an unquestionable classic. Not only does the design not only reflect the feminine charming figure, but also functionally meets the needs of modern women.
    This year, the value of the Breguet Naples series of watches reached the age of 10, which is also the 200th anniversary of the birth of the ‘long oval bracelet watch’ ordered by the Queen of Naples. In celebration of this historical event, Breguet Watch Factory is inspired by the customized watch of the Queen of Naples to launch a new style of the Naples series 8908, with a flexible and elegant gold threaded chain, which fits comfortably and integrates with the wrist. And for the first time, the Breguet watch uses a black Tahiti mother-of-pearl surface with a central hour and minute display, a small seconds dial at 7 o’clock, and a moon phase profit and loss display at 12 o’clock above the power reserve indicator. This watch is equipped with a self-winding Calibre 537 DRL1, a linear Swiss lever escapement and a flat balance spring, perfectly reflecting Breguet’s unique style and breakthrough technology. It has a vibration frequency of 21,600 times per hour and a power reserve of 40 hours. The bezel is set with 117 diamonds and total weight is 0.99 carats, and the crown is inlaid with precious stones for perfect embellishment.
    The 200 years have changed. Although we do not know what the 200-year-old watch really looks like, the Naples watch created based on the characteristics recorded on Breguet’s order has long been deeply rooted in the hearts of the people. Throughout historical scrolls, what Breguet has created is not only a glorious history of timepieces, but also goes far beyond this category. It records the perfect model of mankind, the spirit of breakthrough and innovation, and has become synonymous with excellent watchmaking.

Pilot’s Watch: Master The Time Angle (Part 1)

Since its creation, the clock has been closely linked to humanity’s greatest efforts, and conquering the sky is no exception. Since the first test flight, watchmakers have developed and equipped pilots with practical tools that are still telling us about the adventurous feats of early aviation pioneers.

90th Anniversary Limited Edition

   Today, airplanes are just another form of transportation. However, more than a century ago, when the original aircraft flew into the sky, the same emerging camera used the lens to record the adventures of aviation pioneers in blocking their lives and glory, as well as those stumble developments. At the start of aviation, when Alberto Santos Dumont drove the power unit into the sky (1906), the pilot’s adventures often danced with death, and they could only pray for the blessing of God.

Alberto Santos Dumont

   It was also Alberto Santos Dumont, who was the first to seriously consider the importance of time in flight. It should be pointed out that when Alberto Santos Dumont turned to Louis Cartier for help, the Brazilian who lives in France and a frequent visitor to Maxim’s fine dining restaurant, has become famous in the airship field (he is a German German La Morte Award Winner) and has not turned his attention to the aircraft in its infancy. All in all, the Santos watch seems to be designed for the spacecraft, not the aircraft. After all, the pilot needs to focus on the joystick and has no time to take into account the flight time. Even so, everyone knows that these adventurers, like the sailors of nearly two centuries ago, will soon open the door to the new world; and like the previous navigators, they need the help of the clock to open up In the sky along the correct route.

Cartier Santos Dumont watch, Paris, 1912

Watchmakers join the competition
   Well, isn’t it that watchmakers are always at the forefront of progress? This may be the case, but aviation is developing too fast and watchmakers need to work hard to keep up. In 1906, a flight of just 200 meters was already a remarkable achievement. By July 25, 1909, Louis Blairio had successfully crossed the English Channel (from Calais, France to Dover, England). Now it seems that the distance of 35 kilometers is just a leap forward; but at the time, the journey was full of risks, especially considering that Louis Brillio had the nickname of ‘the king of the crash’.

1900-1925, Louis Blario and monoplane

   The historic flight lasted 37 minutes and was measured by Zenith. In a letter dated March 19, 1912, Louis Bleriot wrote: ‘I am very satisfied with the Zenith watch that I often wear and highly recommend it to those who seek precise timekeeping.’ Not long after, Aircraft dashboards were equipped with Zenith Montre d’Aéronef Type 20; later, Caudron fighters and even some Dewoitine D520 fighters in 1939 also used this Zenith flight watch.

Zenith Montre Ble ́riot Watch

   During World War I, pilots showed how new machines could change the nature of war. Aviation is the new ‘weapon’ that gave birth to its own hero. Pilots quickly realized the importance of taking their timepieces into the air, which could provide them with valuable information during the mission. Watches became part of the pilot’s kit, especially the original chronographs. Longines is one of the first watchmaking brands to show interest in this field. Like aircraft technology itself, pilot watches have also undergone spectacular development.

La Demoiselle

   Undoubtedly, the First World War underscored the strategic importance of a national air force. It was both a means of reconnaissance and a fast-burning war to enemy territory. Aviation became part of the war and also served civilian life. Companies such as Breguet, Latécoère and Aéropostale attract effortless adventurers. In order to experience the fun of flying and improve new technologies, they are willing to take risks. The nation is proud to feel the threat, and the technologically advanced countries spare no effort to strive for the first opportunity in the competition to conquer the sky.

Anthony de Saint-Exupery

   From the 1920s to the 1930s, several heroes took on the heavy responsibility of aviation development. We remember Nungesser and Coli (disappeared in 1927), Charles Augustus Lindbergh, who flew the plane for the first time in 1927 without stopping, and Jean Mermoz, who disappeared in 1936, and a reconnaissance mission on July 31, 1944 Was shot down by Anthony de Saint-Exupéry in southern France.

Anne Merlo Lindbergh and Charles Augustus Lindbergh

Origin of the hour watch
   During the same period, Longines established a fruitful partnership with Philip Van Horne Weems, a US Navy instructor who developed a navigation system suitable for modern clocks in 1927. In 1935, the two parties applied for a patent which could effectively supplement pilot timing information. It was an era that could only measure angles. The new watch is a godsend. It can synchronize the radio signal and ensure the accuracy of the second by rotating the bezel or the inner ring.

Longines White Forest Angle Watch

   Longines continues to add a rotary set time function to some watches equipped with a central seconds hand. This idea was re-emphasized by Wilms student, Charles Augustus Lindbergh, to improve the functionality of the hour-angle watch. Ninety years after completing the feat, Lindbergh still remembers his heroic image of flying a single-engine monoplane across the Atlantic for the first time without a stop on May 21, 1927 (33:30). He also collaborated with Longines, which has been an official supplier of the International Aviation Federation since 1919, to develop a watch that could help pilots (and sailors) set their course.

Longines White Time Angle Watch, 2007

   During the trans-Atlantic journey, Lindbergh personally realized the importance of the pilot in determining his position with as few steps as possible, so he conceived an airborne (and sea) onboard (ship) instrument. Its design is based on patents filed by Wems and Longines, the aviation hero working with patent owner Longines to create a watch that enables the wearer to calculate longitude based on GMT time. This watch is called the Angle of Time. It is re-launched this year as a separate numbered edition to mark the 90th anniversary of Lindbergh’s historic flight. The watch’s rotating dial is equipped with a 180-degree longitude indicator (like a sextant), with a small rotatable dial in the center, which synchronizes the second hand with the radio signal.