Breguet is lending a touch of character to its iconic Reine de Naples collection with an interesting twist on two models. Atop a duo of timepieces with blue and white faces, the minute hand adopts a variety of shapes in the course of its path around the dial.
The flexible minute hand is as admirable as it is intriguing, and is powered by the magic of an ingenious mechanism that enables it to change its shape according to its position on the oblong dial.
Should your taste run towards the bold, there is a white gold case that elegantly contrasts with a midnight blue mother-of-pearl dial, whose subtle hues vary as light plays over it. Its flange, bezel and lugs are set with 161 diamonds. The crown bears a briolette-cut diamond, while its folding clasp is adorned with 28 diamonds. Time is cleverly indicated by an aperture in the dial centre.
The powdered silver-toned minute numerals, featuring a font reminiscent of hand-drawn designs, are subtly offset. This version is available with an alligator leather strap that matches the colour of the dial on this watch, which is part of a 20-piece limited edition.
In the more sombre version of the two, a white lacquered dial makes a striking contrast with the midnight blue alligator strap. The white gold case features a bezel, flange and crown set with blue sapphires.
The various dial elements of the watch seem to be dancing, notably the offset Arabic numerals that appear to stretch and shorten alternately, as does the path of the minute hand.
It is priced at RM208,900 (blue) and RM188,600 and available from Sincere Fine Watches, Pavilion Kuala Lumpur and Cortina Watch, Suria KLCC.
This article first appeared on Dec 12, 2022 in The Edge Malaysia.