Dior has introduced a new mainstay to its horological stable of three.
By CHARMAINE HO
It's easy to mistake the Dior VIII for a variation of the Dior Christal at first glance. For one, the pyramid-shaped facets that made the Christal an icon are found on the VIII. Then, there's the concept of transforming a functional material into a decorative feature by cloaking the entire watch in its hardy form. The only difference between these two watches seems to be the replacement of decorative sapphire crystal with black ceramic. But thankfully, that's not where Dior stopped for its fourth -- and the newest mainstay -- collection.
The 16-piece collection presented at BaselWorld earlier this year revealed a romantic story that pays tribute to the revered heritage of the luxury house. And it's in this respect that the Dior VIII will soar above its timekeeping brethren for Dior aficionados.
Looking back to the house's very beginnings for inspiration, Dior VIII takes its name from a number that Christian Dior considered so lucky, he named his very first fashion collection "Figure 8". Then, there's the way in which the collection is divided into three separate lines -- reminiscent of the prêt-à-porter, evening wear and haute couture collections found in fashion.
The basic Dior VIII was designed to be as stylishly versatile as the timeless LBD; the Dior VIII Baguette, graced with a stunning array of precious gems on its bezel, is made for cocktail soirées and nights-about-town. Lastly, the limited-edition Dior VIII Grand Bal, with the unique front-placement oscillating weight (glittering with diamonds and mother-of-pearl) make it an A-lister on the red carpet.
All in all, it's a captivating collection that Dior has added to the universe of La D de Dior, Chiffre Rouge and Dior Christal. With, of course, the stellar topper of award-winning actress and long-time ardent supporter Charlize Theron being signed on as the watch's ambassador.