“Parties are a necessity as they bring happiness,” wrote Christian Dior. Cherishing the moments of happiness and interaction with friends, the couturier-perfumer had a deep fascination for the fantastical soirées organized at the Palace of Versailles. From the head-turning dresses to the grandiose receptions, Christian Dior transposed this unique and festive spirit into his creations.
The Dior VIII Grand Bal watch, launched in 2011, is an invitation to celebrate time. Its singularity comes from its Dior Inversé caliber: the openworked oscillating weight of the automatic movement is placed on top of the dial to evoke the graceful twirl of a ball gown. Produced by the best craftspeople, in the prestigious workshops of La Chaux-de-Fonds in Switzerland, it is then decorated by hand. Feathers, lace, diamonds, silk, or mother-of-pearl are arranged like the flounces of a swirling skirt. The watch is a jewel that recalls the glittering parures and majestic celebrations held at Versailles. This year, the latest creation called Dior VIII Grand Bal Plissé adorns a diamond dial with a pink silk ribbon and an elegant black leather strap.
To extend this dance, the Grand Bal fragrance from La Collection Privée Christian Dior expresses the sweet headiness of a summer soirée. "Grand Bal is an echo of the splendid ball gowns of Christian Dior, its magnitude and beauty evoking the blooming petals of a jasmine flower. The scent of Grasse jasmine is unique, characterized by its multitude of facets and its breadth,” explains François Demachy, Dior’s exclusive perfumer-creator, who composed the fragrance to capture the spirit of the Versailles gala evenings.