Breguet Reine de Naples Lady's Watch Now In Steel
It is hard to argue that this watch isn't a slight effort by Breguet to down-market its popular Reine de Naples timepieces for women. For the first time offered in steel, and with only the time on the dial, Breguet marks this watch as an "everyday" Reine de Naples in comparison to the rest of the collection that is very high end. being in gold, having jewels, and something having interesting complications. Still, Breguet includes enough in the piece to prevent it from being seen as a down market watch, or cheap.
The iconic egg-shaped case has been around for generations, and is a lovely staple in today's Breguet collection. The size of the watch isn't too small at 35.5mm wide and 43.75mm tall. The case enjoys that signature coined Breguet case edge, and the crown has a large diamond cabochon in it. The dial is mother of pearl and available in this gray tone as well as in blue (with matching strap). Face design is beautiful of course, with attractive blued steel hands, and a vintage compass style watch dial. The large "12" and "6" o'clock indicators are almost "trendy" in style by Breguet standards. Is this a Reine de Naples for the younger (rich) lady?
Powering the watch is a Breguet Calibre 591C automatic movement with a silicon escapement (for accuracy and longevity). The movement also has a solid gold automatic rotor. As you can see, even while the movement is comparatively simple and the case is in steel, Breguet has still kept this Reine de Naples watch firmly in the zone of luxury, even though its price should make it more accessible to buyers. Price for the watch is $13,900.
Ariel Adams publishes the luxury watch reviews site aBlogtoRead.com.