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March 2019

Queen’s Watch Tasting Breguet Naples Queen Series Women’s Watch

The Queen of Naples (Reine de Naples) series watch is named after Napoleon’s sister Caroline Murat. In 1810, Napoleon’s younger sister Carolina gave Breguet an unusual order: a large complex mechanical watch. According to Breguet’s historical archives, this watch is an ‘oval bracelet chronograph watch’, which began to be produced in 1810, took two and a half years, and was finally delivered to Carolina in the end of 1812. And Carolina was the queen of Naples. In 2002, Breguet refined and sublimated according to the records of this legendary watch in the inventory file, and launched the Queen of Naples series specially created for women, so that today’s women can fulfill the dream of a queen.

   Unlike ordinary replica watches, the ‘Queen of Naples Series’ has no real objects, sketches or pictures for reference. Its true appearance has always been hidden in the long river of history and has never been seen by anyone today. It was not until 1849 that the maintenance memorandum that people had obtained some more detailed information. Such an alternative reproduction is undoubtedly exciting and challenging. Lu Keqin, Vice President of Breguet China, said: ‘The Breguet is a combination of inspiration from history and new fields under the leadership of new leaders. We do not copy the founders as they are. The design and watchmaking process are traditional, but the materials and technology are new. ‘The watch introduced today is a watch in the Naples series with a shell relief process, the official model: 8958BB / 51 / 974 D00D

   The three-dimensional feel of the dial can be seen from the side of the watch. The dial is a shell embossed dial. The miniature carving of this shell is a very ancient craft, originating from Tone del Greco (Greek Tower), a small town located in the Naples region. With a simple steel needle, the technician scribes patterns with a depth of less than two millimeters on different levels of the shell to form an extraordinary detailed carving decoration, which makes the shell appear three-dimensional and exude gorgeous beauty.

   The hour and minute hands are set at the eccentric 6 o’clock position, which is at the center of the sunflower in the dial. The sunflower with micro-carved shells is vivid and delicate, as if it can swing with the wind. In order to achieve the fidelity of the pattern, the production staff must carefully check the color, layering, transparency, gradation and overall transparency of the shell.

   The 18K white gold bezel is set with 40 diamonds and weighs about 2.42 carats. The triangular crown between 4 and 5 o’clock also has a diamond inlay at the tip, about 0.2 carats.

   The side of the case has Breguet’s signature bezel pattern, exquisite workmanship. Because the case is elliptical with a narrow top and a wide bottom, the parts of the case and the strap are connected in different ways. They are cleverly connected and comfortable to wear.

   The white alligator leather strap, folding buckle, beautifully designed buckle, and crescent-shaped hollow buckle set with 26 diamonds make people once again marvel at the luxury and exquisiteness of this watch.

   The watch’s movement is not inferior to its appearance. The watch is equipped with a 537/1 automatic winding movement and a 40-hour power reserve. Through the sapphire crystal glass on the back of the watch, you can see the beautifully carved patterns on the oscillating weight. These patterns are hand-carved by the craftsmen of Breguet with extraordinary skill.

Summary: This watch, which is based on the Queen’s watch, has become a work of art after Breguet’s reinterpretation. The origins of watch design full of aristocracy and the watchmaking technology that Breguet is proud of are all amazing and praised. This luxurious vintage watch exudes a unique magic, quietly entered the woman’s heart, and became one of their coveted treasures.
More watch details: breguet / 5656 /


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Jacques De Rouge 39mm Off-centre Second Hand

Jaquet Droz launched four 39mm diameter models for the brand’s signature Grande Seconde Off-centered.

   The Grande Seconde Off-centered is legendary. Its creator was a forward-looking watchmaker. He was not only a mechanical expert, but also an expert in painting, making the perception of time elegant and charming in the age of enlightenment. In that era, it was a pioneering move to make the hours and minutes display inferior to the seconds display. The eponymous watch brand founded by Pierre Jacques de Rooney created one of the most famous dials in the European watchmaking industry. The two overlapping dials form the number 8 symbolizing perfection, balance and infinity. Endless. 8 also became a lucky number for Jaquet Droz …

   Today, the brand launches a new design. The four new watches are the same as the historical models, but they are completely different. The similarity lies in the shape of lines, showing overlapping circles, geometric curves, and clear and easy to read surfaces. The slight eccentric design is ingenious. The hour and minute display is set at 2 o’clock, and the second dial is set at 7 o’clock. Subtle differences, brand new. The Grande Seconde Off-centered has the unique exquisite temperament of Jaquet Droz, renews the vitality of the generation, and adopts the new 39 mm diameter size, which is unisex and elegant. The watch is equipped with two mineral dials hand-crafted by master craftsmen Jaquet Droz, exuding a mysterious and elegant atmosphere. Available in deep single black onyx dial or aventurine star dial with diamond-set bezel. Against the edge of the engraved hour markers, the simple and pure dial is like a contemporary art painting. In addition, there is another flawless silver-plated opal dial with blue steel hands and the brand’s signature large fire enamel dial style, which features unique textures and ivory tones.

   Senior connoisseurs must pay attention to one subtle detail: the crown position has also changed, set at 4 o’clock. This meticulous and charming offset design reflects the style essence of these engraved Jaquet Droz individually numbered models: the classic meaning that is never rigid, always advancing with the times and breaking through innovation.
   ‘Some watches tell time, some tell a story’


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