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Dior’s exceptional 2018 timepieces


Inspired by nature, fireworks and the arrival of spring, Dior’s latest collection of incredible watches is a marvel to behold

Lucinda Turner
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Lucinda Turner,

Every year, Dior releases a collection of watches and every year the pieces are more astounding and amazing than the last. For 2018, the brand looked to its famous Grand Bal and Grand Soir timepieces, upgrading and enhancing them to wondrous effect. The Dior Grand Soir Feux d’Artifice range consists of nine exclusive pieces, inspired by fireworks seen in the Parisian sky. Each radiant, flamboyant creation features an abundance of precious stones that seem to dance upon the black face, while the diamond-set case and glittering strap will make sure you shine like the night sky.

For those fascinated by more earthly wonders, the Dior Grand Bal Les Jardins Imaginaires watches are inspired by the magic and mysteries of nature. The 10 one-off pieces feature motifs of flora and fauna set in gold, with precious stones, glass, butterfly wings and scarab beetle elytra, to celebrate eponymous founder Christian Dior’s love of flowers and gardens. As well as these extravagant additions, the classic Dior Grand Bal introduces two new models to its current range. One is black and gold, and features golden feathers and a brushed gold dial while the other, specifically designed to celebrate the Chinese New Year, features a red alligator strap and a branch of blossom set in gold with rubies, diamonds and mother-of-pearl.

The pièce de résistance of all the new collections comes in the form of a brand-new take on Dior’s more feminine La D de Dior model. La D de Dior Précieuse a Secret is a work of art and this one-of-a-kind watch is as much a beautiful piece of jewellery as a stunning timepiece. The rose gold bracelet, adorned with diamonds, is crowned by an exquisite white opal, which can be moved to one side, allowing the secret watch to be seen. When it comes to extra-special timepieces, Dior’s collection is certainly worth investing in.

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