Breguet

Breguet celebrates 200 years of women's watches with the mechanically superior Reine de Naples ladies' watch, named for Queen Caroline of Naples who was the first person to wear a pocket watch on her arm and began the vogue for wrist watches.

Breguet Reine de Naples sonnerie au passage

Breguet celebrates 200 years of women's watches with the mechanically superior Reine de Naples ladies' watch, named for Queen Caroline of Naples who was the first person to wear a pocket watch on her arm and began the vogue for wrist watches. This pretty mother of pearl, white gold and diamond oval shaped watch is a fine example of  haute horlogerie or high watchmaking. Look at the dial and you will see two wing-shaped openings at the top of the dial. Through these windows are two miniscule hammers that spring into action and chime each passing hour, just like a carriage clock. This 'complication', the name for any additional function beyond timekeeping on a watch, is called a 'sonnerie au passage'.  Unlike repeating watches that tell the time on command, this watch strikes the passing hours. If you need a quiet moment, the delicate chiming can be turned off. This watch is not just a very pretty face as the amazing mechanics, a dance of whirring cogs, wheels and springs, are visible through the glass case back.

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