Most of the time when i write an article about a watch, i start with the case. However with this watch, starting with the dial is what makes sense to me. This watch dial uses the craft named cameo. It is the art of carving in relief, and this is the art that is used to create the watch dials in this collection.
The art of cameo was very popular during the 1600’s in the city of Naples, Italy, where they did such art work using corals and seashells. It is because of this that these Breguet Reine de Naples watch have has their Chinese Zodiac dials carved out of seashells. These artisans use a steel stylus to carve dials by hand. Shells are quite fragile, and no two shells are exactly the same, so the artisan must be very diligent, and have great focus on their work. any small mistake can render the shell unworthy. It all comes down to the eye of a master, and that individual’s prowess as an artist.
Four versions of these watches have been made available, and will be joining the original version done in 2016 which was of the Rooster. The new offerings will be of the Monkey, the Dragon, the Snake, and the Goat. The time on these watches is only told by a subdial located at the 6 o’clock position, and the time is offered via rhodium plated gold Breguet watch hands. As for the case, the shape is of an egg, and the case is done in 18k white gold. The target audience for these watches is women, so the case has been sized at 32 millimeters in width, being 40 millimeters from lug to lug. The bezel has a set of 40 gorgeous diamonds, with a total carat count of about 2.42. The crystal is made of sapphire, as is the exhibition caseback. Water resistance is only 30 meters, so i would not swim with the watch, but it is quite safe on a rainy day, or in an accidental splash. These pieces come with white alligator watch straps, and has a diamond set clasp.
These watches are powered by the Caliber 537/1 movement. It is a self winding movement measuring about 19 millimeters in diameter, and is perfect;y sized for these ladies timepieces. The rotor is 18k gold and has an attractive hand engraved pattern. The frequency of the movement is 3Hz, and offers a 40 hour power reserve. The watches are priced to sell at $72,000, ans more can be learned at breguet.com.