Aquamarine, tsavorite green, chromifere tourmaline.
At first glance, the House of Dior might seem synonymous with monochromatic creations but playing with colour is what the label really excels in. Monsieur Christian Dior had a keen appreciation of palettes, documented in his Little Dictionary of Fashion published in 1954.
Besides having a penchant for dazzling colours like the signature Dior Red, Monsieur Dior also revelled in the delicacy of pastel shades, declaring pale blue one of the prettiest colours. Paying tribute to his legacy, the French maison has added ten new models to the Dior Grand Soir range – a collection bursting with nuanced hues from precious and ornamental stones.
The series boasts a 33m automatic Elite by Zenith movement, 50-hour power reserve and 50m water resistance. An inlaid or engraved dial shines with jade, turquoise, agate and mother-of-pearl while the transparent sapphire crystal case-back reveals the oscillating weight.
The bezel and horns are set with hundreds of baguette-cut diamonds and gems to form a contrasting backdrop against a case of white, pink and yellow gold. Alligator skin is covered by pleated taffeta, satin and tulle to form a luxurious strap with a white gold unfolding clasp.
In my personal opinion, the Dior Grand Soir No. 6 is the most alluring of the lot, with monochrome shades of pink found naturally in ruby and spinel. The outer dial is made of black engraved Tahiti mother-of-pearl while the mother-of-pearl inner dial is adorned with diamonds for a contrasting effect.
The No. 8 plays the safe card with muted shades of aquamarine and diamond and an intricately layered dial resembling a coral reef bloom. A timeless and elegant haute horology creation, it is without a doubt the showpiece of the collection.