Dior VIII luxury jewelry watches collection
From fashion legend to prestigious watchmakingCheryl chu
Monsieur Christian Dior’s many passions in life gave birth to some of the most daring concepts and longlasting values in fashion history. The Dior universe is much more than just ready-to-wear, haute couture and accessories. It is also about the Dior timepieces that have been created to date since the maison’s first watch collection in 1975, drawing on the couturier’s neverending inspirations.
One of the most interesting Dior timepieces that debuted at Baselworld 2012 was the Dior VIII Grand Bal collection. With the ‘Résille’ and the ‘Plumes’ 38-millimetre models, the French maison pays tribute to Monsieur Dior’s love for spectacular balls. The ‘Dior Inversé’ movement features an openwork, diamond-set oscillating weight which swings and swirls like a ball gown on the face of the dial, a nod to Dior’s legendary haute couture. The Dior VIII Grand Bal ‘Résille’ black or white ceramic watches are each set with 263 diamonds for a total of over one carat.
Equally impressive is the ‘Plume’ design where the oscillating weight with a fan of feathers bordered with diamonds moves freely at the flick of your wrist. The limited editon offers 88 black ceramic watches with white feathers, and 88 white ceramic watches with pink feathers. All set with 203 diamonds.
For those who love semi-precious gemstones, the Dior VIII Baguette collection will add a dash of exciting colours to your cocktail and dinner parties. The dainty 33-millimetre black or white ceramic watches pack a lot of beautiful gems – rubies, peridots, aquamarines, amethyst, and of course, diamonds – ion the iconic Dior VIII bezel. The colourful Baguette watches 50 semi-precious stones and 32 diamonds, while the diamond model has a total of 82 sparklers.
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