Queen Marie-Antoinette was driven by a truly passionate desire for Breguet watches. Ordered by an admirer, this historic pocket watch was not completed until 1827, 34 years after her death. In 2005, Swatch Chairman Nicholas G. Hayek, set himself the challenge to reproduce the Queen of watches identically. The celebrated watch was today proudly presented at Baselworld 2008 at a specially convened press conference chaired by Mr. Nicholas G. Hayek himself. Archives and original drawings from the Breguet Museum & the Paris Arts & Crafts Museum were retrieved to recreate this very special model.
The case round is in a special alloy of 18-carat gold. The dial is in rock crystal. The watch has a power-reserve indicator, perpetual calendar, date indication, day indication and thermometer. The movement is mechanical, self-winding composed of 823 components. Main plate, bridges and gear-wheels in rose polished gold with wood.