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Best of the Best 2013: Women's Watches: Visual Artistry: Dior VIII Grand Bal Plume

  • James D. Malcolmson

The feathers decorating the winding rotor of the Grand Bal Plume watches (prices available upon request) cleverly link these Dior creations to their counterparts in the world of haute couture, where the legendary brand has reigned for decades. Making this visual connection between fine watchmaking and fashion, however, proved far more complicated than embroidering embellishments on an evening gown. To situate a working rotor at the front of a watch is no small technical achievement; yet the result is as alluring as any design the House of Dior has sent down the runway. Available in two limited-edition versions (one with a case of black enamel and pink gold, the other with a case of white enamel and pink gold) of 88 pieces each, the beautifully angular VIII Grand Bal Plume enables today’s best-dressed woman to wear a little haute couture on her wrist. (212.931.2950, www.dior.com)