Breguet’s Reine de Naples Sonnerie au Passage Ladies Watch – 200th Anniversary Edition

Breguet’s Reine de Naples Sonnerie au Passage Ladies Watch – 200th Anniversary Edition

Breguet has created yet another amazing complication for its Reine de Naples Watch. This year marks the 200th anniversary of the year that the Queen of Naples, Caroline Murat, commissioned Breguet to create the first wrist-worn watch.

This is the first time that Breguet has added a grand complication to the Reine de Naples watch – it strikes on every hour with a set of three double “sonneries.”  This differs from a minute repeater in that it strikes automatically and only every hour (the striker can be turned off). The beautiful movement in all its glory is displayed from the back – it is an oval shape to fit the shape of the watch, and features a richly carved rendering of a dove in flight. The hammers that strike the hourly chime are visible through two apertures on the dial at 11 and 1 o’clock.

princess Caroline Napoleon Murat of Naples Italy

A Portrait of Caroline, Queen of Naples, with her husband King Joachim

Breguet Reine de Naples 200th Anniversary watch

The New Reine De Naples Hour Striking Watch – note the apertures to view the striking hammers

The Breguet Reine de Naples Sonnerie au Passage Watch – note the intricately carved dove in flight

Caroline was Napoleon Bonaparte’s younger sister and one of eight children. Her husband Joachim ruled Naples from 1808 to 1816, when  he was tried for an attempt at the French throne and executed. Caroline was known to be highly intelligent and ambitious. She commissioned the first wrist watch made by Breguet and also was an afficionado of barometers and thermometers.

Watch Specifics: Automatic movement, with a 65 hour power reserve when the strike is off and 50 hours when the strike is on.