There’s something intrinsically interesting about a trompe-l’œil effect; after all, visual illusions and tricks on the eyes turn the ordinary, extraordinary. A moment of awe! The joy of being surprised. Wowed. Dior’s La D de Dior Satine timepieces — with their Milanese steel bracelets that look close to unravelling into a rouleau of silk-satin ribbon — do just that.
Victoire de Castellane — the Creative Director of Christian Dior’s fine jewellery division — designed the La D de Dior watch in 2003 with the aspirations of creating ‘a ribbon that tells time’.
Watches sit at an interesting intersection between being both evidence of technological mastery and a jewellery-adjacent accessory. There’s a reason, after all, that the often-metallic straps that tether the case to the wrist are christened ‘bracelets’. Rather than settle for metallic lugs that can appear quite heavy and substantial, the ‘ribbon-esque’ bracelet of the La D de Dior delivers a playful twist with a sheen of Milanese mesh — here, it’s textile that’s emulated, not jewellery.
Eighteen years since its entrance into Dior’s Horological range, the La D de Dior timepiece introduces a new ambassador: Ms. Cara Delevingne. The supermodel-slash-actress-slash-brow maven’s signature mischievous persona mirrors the watch’s playful, tongue-in-cheek design perfectly. A classic beauty — elegant; at the height of sophistication, yet with a quirky little light-hearted twist. A watch and its ambassador, both with a sense of joie de vivre. A sense of humour.
Accompanying the trompe-l’œil Milanese mesh bracelet and diamond-set crown are dials in white or pink mother-of-pearl, forest-green malachite and amber-hued tiger’s eye set in 19 or 25mm cases.
Pricing for La D de Dior timepieces start at HK$27,000. Available at various Dior boutique locations in Hong Kong including Shop G40 – G45, G/F, The Landmark, 15 Queen’s Road Central, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2524 8277