From January 16 to February 12, 2012, Breguet is paying homage to the Queen of Naples through an exhibition held in Geneva’s Cité du Temps. The exhibition named 1810-1812, Breguet makes the first wristwatch, fit for a Queen celebrates the 200th anniversary of the creation of the first wristwatch in horological history.
This wristwatch was ordered in 1810 by Caroline Murat, the sister of Napoleon and the Queen of Naples, and delivered after a two-year period, in 1812. Furthermore, the house of Breguet will also take opportunity of this event to immortalize the 10th anniversary of its stellar Reine de Naples ladies’ watch collection which was widely popular in the past decade.
The First Wristwatch Fit for a Queen
Unfortunately, the N° 2639 model made for Caroline Murat has not yet been found and it is not mentioned in any private or public collection. Thus, it remains an enigma, but luckily, the Breguet company archives have made it possible to retrace this historical retrospective of the unprecedented creation of this unique timekeeper.
As I have already mentioned, the exhibition is further enriched with the Reine de Naples collection for women with several mechanical beauties which represent the true works of art.
The Exhibition, that will be held at La Citdu Temps, will be open daily from 9 am to 6 pm with free admission. During four weeks, the visitors will immerse into feminine atmosphere and they will gradually discover historical archives and the insight into Abraham-Louis Breguet’s artful sense.
This exhibition is timed to coincide with the Salon International dela Haute Horlogerie(SIHH) that will be opened from January 16 to January 20.