In 1783, Elisabeth Vigée-Le Brun painted a portrait of the queen of France entitled "Marie-Antoinette with the rose". The Breguet collection entitled La Rose de la Reine borrowed the rose of the portrait to recreate it as a shell cameo, a traditional craft from southern Italy which consists of carving by hand a relief image on a shell.
At BaselWorld 2014, Breguet presented a new version of the Secret de la Reine, the secret watch first introduced last year, which retains all the features of its predecessor but fitted on a precious bracelet of cloth of gold, imitating the loops of a pleated ribbon.
As is traditional with secret watches, the time - here indicated by the signature Breguet open-tipped hands - is revealed by pressing on the cameo rose. The dial paved with brilliants is enriched at 12 o'clock by a medallion in white mother-of-pearl with the Breguet name.
Available in rose or white gold and decorated with 596 brilliant-cut diamonds (approximately 4,132 carats), this precious timepiece houses the self-winding calibre 586 movement visible through a glass with anti-reflective coating on both sides.