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What Is It
Introducing the new Breguet Reine de Naples 8905 St-Valentin 2022, a beautiful mechanical timepiece for the ‘queen’ in your life.
Inside the 36.5mm high, 28.45mm wide and 10.1mm thick ref. 8905BB/52/964DOOD ticks the calibre 537DRL2. This 8 3⁄4 ́ ́ ́ or 19.73mm diameter movement beats at the lower frequency of 3.5Hz, comprises 269 components and 28 jewels, provides a 45-hour power reserve and features a Swiss straight-line lever escapement, with the escape-wheel and flat mainspring in silicon.
This automatic winding movement can be marvelled at through the display case-back and also features a hand-guilloché platinum oscillating weight to add to the luxe feel.
The 18-carat white gold case set with 128 diamonds (approx. 0.45 ct) comes on a leather strap with white gold triple-blade folding clasp set with 28 diamonds (env. 0.16 ct.).
Breguet Reine de Naples 8905 – Why, When, Where
Announced end of last year to mark the 2022 Valentine’s Day. The new 8905 is a version of the Reine de Naples 8908 model that was the first timepiece in the eponymous line launched in 2002. Below is the Baselworld 2018 variant ref. 8908BR/5T/964 D00D with a Tahitian mother-of-pearl dial.
The new Reine de Naples 8905 is released as a limited edition of 28-pieces only and retails for 57’500 AUD.
In Sydney, Watches of Switzerland, Shum’s and Swiss Concept are authorised retailers.
Who Is The Breguet Reine de Naples 8905 For
The new 8905 first and foremost is for the lady who knows what she wants and gets it.
It is then for those who admire the watch’s family tree, and take pride in wearing a timepiece that in a matter of speaking is a descendant of the very first wristwatch ever created. Owning a watch that is a reinvented version — oblong shape has now turned oval — of the Queen of Naples’ watch ref. 2639 from 1810 is a moment in time in itself.
It’s also for those men who would like to buy their loved ones a memorable timepiece, that’s both elegant as a form of jewellery and also soaked in horological history.
Love Conquers All
One of the best aspects of the new Breguet Reine de Naples 8905 St-Valentin 2022 is that it should please even the cynics of ladies watches.
Not only does it feature a non-quartz movement, it also makes use of stereotypical Breguet elements such as the blued steel open-tipped Breguet hands, fluted case-band, and dial guilloche, further enhancing the appeal and adding horological cred.
Given it’s from the house of Breguet, I am pleased to note that it features a mechanical movement, that too with silicon parts to counter magnetic fields. It also offers 30m water-resistance, which is not a lot by any standards, but is at least better than some Holy Trinity watches’ ‘dust resistant’ only status. The Breguet Reine de Naples 8905 is watch that is designed to be worn, and not simply caged. And I respect that.
Like any Breguet timepiece, there is of course the dial that needs to be talked about. The Breguet Reine de Naples 8905 goes for a natural white mother-of-pearl dial that also features a sub-dial with the brand’s famed hand-guilloché.
The texture of the white mother-of-pearl evokes the presence of milky ‘clouds’ that enchant around the moonphase display at 12.
And this celestial beauty is framed by the 18-carat white gold case. The bezel and flange which boast of 128 diamonds (approx. 0.45 ct). To ensure that no stone is left unturned, even the crown is set with a ruby (approx. 0.32 ct).
Completing the design as a whole, I also appreciate the use of colour red in various places. Not only does it harp back to the love and Valentine’s Day theme, it also acts as a unifying feature, neatly tying the strap, the crown ruby, the 7’o clock red heart-shaped seconds hand, and the power-reserve indicator’s ‘trial of love’ below the moonphase indicator all together.
Feminine, graceful, celestial-inspired, and borne out of watchmaking legacy, the new Breguet Reine de Naples 8905 is powerful enough to be your cupid this Valentine’s Day.
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