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.