In the sphere of high-fashion watch design there has been a recent wave of ceramic watches. The Parisian Haute Couture power house Christian Dior has been leading this trend and continues to do so with its newest range of ladies watches.
Dior has just launched its new VIII Grand Bal model. Consisting of 4 different designs, all are automatic and with a limited production of only 88 pieces each. All feature a Dior Inverse movement with a black ceramic bracelet.
They feature a mother of pearl dial set with diamonds and a steel case, with more diamonds on the bezel The range has been created in collaboration with the watch maker Frederic Jouvenot and made in ‘in-house’ at the Dior workshop at the famous watchmaking region of La Chaux-de-Fonds.
At first I thought they looked a bit ‘over the top’, but they’ve grown on me. They’re simple but luxurious and very much in keeping with the traditional Dior style. The designs are inspired by different aspects of fashion couture; pleats, lace, necklaces and scattered diamonds. I like that Dior have not introduced colour into this collection. For instance, I’m not keen on their Automatique Baguettes featuring coloured sapphires in green, pink and orange (see below). Whereas, when they stick with just the deep black of the ceramic and brightness of the diamonds, it gives the watch a much more classic and dramatic feel. They remind me of a thick winter night sky scattered with stars. I’m not sure how easily this model would stylistically fit in with your daily wardrobe, but it’s such a statement timepiece that I’m sure you could create a look around the watch itself.
Visit the Dior website to see its watch collection in full.