Dior’s watches are perhaps one of their less widely known product lines, but one of their watches with its striking vivid hues grabbed my attention a few months back and I thought I’d share it with you today. Meet the Coquette, part of the Dior VIII Grand Bal collection. Introduced in 2011, this (sub) collection is characterised by the rotor of the automatic Dior Inversé 11 ½ or Dior Inversé 8¼ calibres (made in conjunction with Soprod) appearing at the front and thus becoming a highlight.
Feathers have been used by Dior before, and in the new Coquette they are partnered with diamonds, sapphires, pink sapphires and tsavorite garnets (total 0.85 carats). Coming in two versions, this Coquette has a blue dial, pink pleats on the rotor and a powder pink alligator strap, where as the other has a peach coloured dial, pink-lilac pleat, and dark blue strap.
The movement on this new 36mm stainless steel model is the Dior inversé 8 1/4 Calibre, and the white gold oscillating weight with its forty-nine feathers representing and inspired by, a Mexican dress from Dior’s 2015 collection is on the bold blue lacquered dial. The blue theme is carried through to the tint on the sapphire case back.
The stainless steel bezel is set with brilliant-cut diamonds and decorated with a white mother-of-pearl ring. The crown is engraved with ‘CD’.
Coming on a matte powder pink alligator strap, it is in a limited edition of 88 piece with an RRP of around £25,500.