Bloom­ing Gor­geous

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Dior never ceases to amaze when it comes to whim­si­cal and dec­o­ra­tive watches. This year, the Parisian cou­turier de­buted Grand Soir Botanic, a col­lec­tion of eight one-off watches in­spired by a fairy tale gar­den. Unusu­ally for a jew­eller tak­ing on a flo­ral mo­tif, the brand avoided delv­ing too deeply into any par­tic­u­lar flower and has in­stead cre­ated its own daz­zlingly pre­cious rep­re­sen­ta­tions of ex­otic blos­soms. Oddly though, and de­spite a start­ing price of 240,000 USD, the watches are all quartz. This was ap­par­ently done with good rea­son – the aim was to mix the high-end with the func­tional and it’s some­thing that’s also re­flected in the choice of mid­night blue strap (made from the same breath­able, syn­thetic ma­te­rial used in train­ers). Nev­er­the­less, in the grand scheme of things, these sin­gu­lar­i­ties make sense and we ap­pre­ci­ate how they’d want the fo­cus to re­main on the stun­ning di­als and cases.

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