This Heirloom Watch Takes After a Bracelet Made for the Queen of Naples
Inspired by a bracelet watch made by Abraham-Louis Breguet especially for Caroline Bonaparte Murat, Queen of Naples and younger sister to Napoleon I of France, the Breguet Reine de Naples collection now spans a number of exquisite collectible pieces, featuring such grand touches as diamond bracelet straps and dials fully covered in sapphires. On the more subtle but no less luxurious end of the spectrum is the Reine de Naples 8958 Cammea, the latest addition to this family of jewelry watches.
Toree del Greco in Naples, the world capital of cameo making
The Reine de Naples 8958 Cammea
Taking its name from the craft of cameo making, the 8958 Cammea is housed in the signature egg-shaped case and set in 18-karat white gold. No slacker in the jewel department, its bezel is lined with 40 diamonds collectively weighing approximately 2.42 carats. What is most of note in this timepiece, however, is the delicate cameo engraving that decorates its dial: hand-carved from a natural seashell, the detail pays tribute to the method that dates back to ancient times. While more popularly done on hardstones such as cornelian, cameo work can also be done on seashells, during which a craftsman painstakingly works on different layers of the delicate shell. The rooster detail marks the Year of the Rooster in the Chinese zodiac. Lucerne, Glorietta 4, 728.2828.