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THE HOUSE OF DIOR PAYS TRIB­UTE TO THE FEM­I­NINE FORM BE­DECKED IN EVENING SPLEN­DOUR OF THE GRAND BAL COL­LEC­TION, FINDS

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Dior’s Grand Bal col­lec­tion pays trib­ute to the fem­i­nine form

Chris­tian Dior said, “Deep in ev­ery heart slum­bers a dream and the cou­turier knows it: ev­ery woman is a princess.” The House of Dior’s Grand Bal col­lec­tion marks the de­signer’s fond­ness for the de­light of evening balls. The Dior VIII Grand Bal col­lec­tion, launched in 2011, is equipped with the “Dior In­verse” cal­i­bre whose func­tional os­cil­lat­ing weight, placed on the dial, re­pro­duces the swirl of a ball gown. More than one day of ma­chine pro­gram­ming is re­quired to al­low the set­ting of the com­plex shapes of os­cil­lat­ing weights. There is an ex­tremely pre­cise cut of or­na­men­tal stones ( 100th of a mil­lime­ter), long and del­i­cate, which in­cludes a risk of de­for­ma­tion of the weight or a risk of scratch­ing the gold or the stone.

Ev­ery timepiece has its own unique range of colours, with var­i­ous sparkling shades of pinks, or­anges, greens, pur­ples, yel­lows and blues, on weight, dial and bezel. With an os­cil­lat­ing weight made of or­na­men­tal stone petals and gold em­broi­dered with pre­cious stones, it de­picts a flora rein­ter­pre­ta­tion. “Mr. Dior used to say that black and white may suf­fice, but why de­prive our­selves of colour?" says Lau­rence Ni­co­las, pres­i­dent of Dior Time­pieces. “That is why we are a brand that is based on the ul­ti­mate in fem­i­nin­ity and joy­ful­ness.” Nowhere is the use of colour in the de­sign of Dior watches more ob­vi­ous than in the one- of- a- kind Dior VIII Grand Bal Piece Unique col­lec­tion of watches. Dior has pro­duced three of th­ese spec­tac­u­lar watches this year which are each dec­o­rated with be­tween 20 and 25 dif­fer­ent stones, seek­ing to em­u­late the colours of na­ture.

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