This Grand Bal is a tribute to the Chinese New Year, and joins the numerous exquisite iterations of the collection since its launch in 2011, which has featured a variety of materials, including feathers, woven silk and gold thread, and lots of diamonds, of course.
The 36mm-diameter, stainless-steel case features a mother-of-pearl dial and bezel set with 71 diamonds, finished with a yellow-gold ring. The marquetry alone on each oscillating weight requires more than 50 hours of workmanship. The shiny, red alligator strap has a steel-prong buckle set with diamonds. The Dior Inversé 11 1/2 calibre was developed by Les Ateliers Horlogers Dior in La Chaux-de-Fonds, in association with the Soprod manufacture. It is used exclusively for Dior VIII and Chiffre Rouge collections.
The Grand Bal, although only 36mm, is still a substantial piece, and yet this fine watch sits very comfortably on the wrist. Swiss quartz movements have traditionally featured in women’s watches, mostly for reasons of price and practicality, but with a 42-hour power reserve, such as offered by the Grand Bal, and mechanical movements getting even smaller, we are seeing far more complications being introduced into women’s watches from many of the luxury fashion brands that are working to keep themselves relevant. From the choice of cars and watches to the #MeToo movement, women are driving change.
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