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Dior VIII Grand Bal Piece Unique Ondine

Dior introduces its novelty timepiece at the year's Baselworld.

Dior VIII Grand Bal Piece Unique Ondine

Christian Dior created an Ondine dress for his autumn/winter couture show in 1947. The unique timepiece is an ode to the masterpiece, adorned with numerous pleats and came alive from the labour of a dedicated team. This timekeeper is no different. It involved experts from many disciplines to make Dior VIII Grand Bal Piece Unique Ondine came to life.

The dial is entirely set with a blizzard of six hundred and forty-eight diamonds, tsavorites, amethysts and sapphires on white, rose or yellow gold depending on the model. The dial also exists in a graphic variation inspired by the weft weave of a fabric. Its pavé of tsavorites, diamonds or yellow sapphires requires over three days of mounting work.

The gold models, as pictured, comprise 12 one-of-a-kind pieces. This collection is equipped with the automatic Dior Inversé 11-1/2 calibre. The shapes of the oscillating weights capture the movement of fabrics - sometimes pleated, sometimes gathered.