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.

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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

Joey Wong
Editor
Constantly in pursuit of a multi-hyphenated career, Joey has written her way through fashion trends, youth culture and luxury retail in New York and Hong Kong. Beyond internet adventures tracking down the perfect vintage find, you can probably catch her sipping on her third oat milk latte of the day in the city’s newest café. She’s currently mourning the loss of TikTok in Hong Kong.