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Dior VIII Grand Bal Plissé An Ode to Fantastical Soirées at the Palace of Versailles

5 August 2016

"Parties are a necessity as they bring happiness," wrote Christian Dior.

By Scott Campbell

Cherishing the moments of happiness and interaction with friends, the couturier-perfumer had a deep fascination for the fantastical soirées organized at the Palace of Versailles.

From the head-turning dresses to the grandiose receptions, Christian Dior transposed this unique and festive spirit into his creations.

The Dior VIII Grand Bal watch, launched in 2011, is an invitation to celebrate time.

Its singularity comes from its Dior Inversé caliber: the openworked rotor of the automatic movement is placed on top of the dial to evoke the graceful twirl of a ball gown. Produced by the best craftspeople, in the prestigious workshops of La Chaux-de-Fonds in Switzerland, it is then decorated by hand.

Feathers, lace, diamonds, silk, or mother-of-pearl are arranged like the flounces of a swirling skirt. The watch is a jewel that recalls the glittering parures and majestic celebrations held at Versailles.

This year, the latest creation, called Dior VIII Grand Bal Plissé, adorns an opaline dial with a pleated motif, a rose gold and mother-of-pearl rotor, and an elegant black satin strap.

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