As it transpires, Queen Marie-Antoinette, wife of Louis XVI, was a rather prolific writer. Only that this fondness for the written word was largely confined to letter writing — to both her husband as well as her family in Austria.  

This year, Breguet commemorates this central figure in history, and her penchant for letter writing, with a new high jewellery timepiece dubbed the Rêve de Plume. As the latest edition to the Plumes collection of this august watchmaker, this timepiece features a sculpted diamond feather that recalls the quill pens of that turbulent time in French history.

On the feather's central shaft lie baguette diamonds while the outer web-like part is formed by brilliant-cut diamonds, selected by size to create the effect of a singular, astonishingly complex, feather. Its white mother-of-pearl dial is shaped by an 'engine-turned pattern' to further evoke the delicate vanes on a feather. Both the bezel and flange are similarly set with diamonds, with a single briolette-cut diamond on the crown.

In all, over four carats of diamonds can be found on this timepiece that Breguet has made available in either 18-carat white or rose gold. Powering the timepiece is the self-winding calibre 586, with a silicon balance-spring that is virtually impervious to magnetism. The timepiece comes with a satin strap with a folding clasp, set with 26 brilliant-cut diamonds.

Rêve de Plume

Best of all; accompanying the Rêve de Plume timepiece is a set of jewellery in white or rose gold, similarly taking after the quill motif. These jewellery additions comprise earrings, ring and necklace with diamond-set feathers, perfect for that next red carpet event where the details say it all.