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Breguet Secret de la Reine secret watch

Marina Milojević | 04.14.14 | 02:22 AM

At BaselWorld 2014, Breguet presented a new version of its Secret de la Reine secret wristwatch.

On the occasion of the BaselWorld 2014 exhibition, Breguet unveiled a number of timepieces designed exclusively for women. Same as every year, Breguet reminds us of how proud it is for having many historical women - such as Marie-Antoinette or Caroline Murat - among its clients. The company takes pride in creating strictly mechanical wristwatches, for both women and men, which are often fitted with the most demanding complications and most precious gemstones. One of the Breguet’s latest creations is the Breguet Secret de la Reine, a secret wristwatch that tributes the 18th century painting named Marie-Antoinette with the rose.

Marie-Antoinette with the rose, by Elisabeth Vigée-Le Brun

The portrait of the Queen consort of France and Navarre, as painted by Elisabeth Vigée-Le Brun, back in 1783, is one of the most renowned portraits of Marie-Antoinette. The portrait depicts young empress wearing a hat and holding a rose, dressed in a bertha and a skirt with two flounces. Honoring one of its most lustrous clients, Breguet drew on the memory of Marie-Antoinette to create some outstanding timepieces, such as those of the collection entitled La Rose de la Reine collection. This whole range of watches is inspired by the rose of the portrait. The premiere Secret de la Reine model was unveiled in 2013, and now Breguet adds a new luster to the range by presenting a watch that retains all of the features of its predecessor but is fitted on a luxurious bracelet of cloth of gold, reproducing the loops of a pleated ribbon.

Breguet Secret de la Reine secret watch

Breguet Secret de la Reine watch is made of 18-carat white gold and it features a floral cameo carved by hand. The case features a secret mechanism which allows the wearer to reveal the time by pressing on the cameo rose. The petals of the rose are exalted by 432 brilliant-cut diamonds (approx. 3,69 carats). The flange of the dial is set with 48 brilliant-cut diamonds (approx. 0,101 ct), and it features a delicate bow decoration. A single press on the cameo reveals the silvered gold dial paved with 116 brilliant-cut diamonds (approx. 0,321 carats), and a Breguet medallion in white mother-of-pearl inset at 12 o’clock.

Breguet Secret de la Reine secret watch

Breguet Secret de la Reine watch is powered by the self-winding calibre 586 movement, which is visible through a sapphire crystal case-back. This mechanical in-house movement beats at a frequency of 3Hz and runs on about 38 hours of power reserve. Breguet Secret de la Reine is also available in rose gold. The watch is mounted on a white gold ribbon bracelet.

Breguet Secret de la Reine reference numbers:

18-carat white gold GJ24BB8548DDCJ99

18-carat pink gold GJ24BR8548DDCJ99

Breguet Secret de la Reine secret watch

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