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Ladies’ La D de Dior 38mm Pink Gold, Diamonds and Onyx

by Joanne Ward
7 May, 2013
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Joanne juggles a demanding job as a mum of two with a challenging job as a writer of articles for Click Tempus. Appropriately taking time out to raise a family, she was formerly an Editorial Assistant with Time Out magazine. Joanne can turn her talents to writing about ladies watches, men's bags and woozy whiskey cocktails all while entertaining the kids with soothing lullabies.

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Dior’s La D de Dior collection made its first appearance in 2003, and has since continued to augment itself with further impressive additions to sit alongside its original pieces. The brainchild of Victoire de Castellane – a French-born jewellery designer renowned for her colourful creations and playful pieces – the collection focuses on the Seventies fashions for bold, circular designs, made with traditional materials such as gold, diamonds and delicate stones.

A new piece unveiled at Baselworld 2013 retains many of the original masculine features, albeit injected with some female attributes that gives it unisex possibilities, more so than others in the collection. There is an evident nod to those women who have a penchant for appropriating their man’s watch for personal use, with the black and gold scheme being a firm favourite for both men and women. Although Castellane has said she herself refrains from wearing ‘harsh’ black as she gets older – instead preferring to experiment with ‘fake’ blacks (navy, indigo, dark green) – she clearly favours black here as an indicator of subtle glamour that accentuates the simple, uncluttered design.

Expert jewellers’ knowledge of stone setting together with Swiss technical ability ensures that the La D de Dior 38mm pink gold, diamonds and onyx is a fine extension of the already effortlessly luxurious collection. The deep inkiness of the black onyx dial draws you in, the melanoid mysteriousness punctuated only by a delicate diamond at each hour and the finely tapered, Dauphine-style hands in pink gold. Black onyx is more popular but in fact less common than colour-banded versions, making a piece like this all the more valuable and iconic. The striking 38mm face sits comfortably between the dimensions of dainty ladies’ watches and mens’ more tenacious timepieces, again reiterating the fact that this is a neutral piece with omnifarious opportunities.

Forming a thin boundary between the dial and strap is a diamond-set bezel and crown, an arrangement that echoes and expands upon the single ring of diamond-punctuated indices, albeit with slightly smaller gems. The crown is a squat, cylindrical button that forms a unity with the bezel, careful not to detract from the pleasingly curved form of the case. One gets the impression there is a loyalty to retaining circular contours, with the shape of the case, diamond arrangements and crown all fitting firmly into this category.

The strap is the final flourish; again, as dark a black as the dial but with an added sheen that is characteristic of satin, and at a width that carries the watch well without overwhelming it or letting it down. The prong buckle is unassuming, but set with a sprinkling of diamonds in accordance with the other metal components of the watch, bringing the gem count up to an impressive but not unnecessarily gaudy 156 that makes this a wholly appropriate accessory for both sexes.

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Joanne juggles a demanding job as a mum of two with a challenging job as a writer of articles for Click Tempus. Appropriately taking time out to raise a family, she was formerly an Editorial Assistant with Time Out magazine. Joanne can turn her talents to writing about ladies watches, men's bags and woozy whiskey cocktails all while entertaining the kids with soothing lullabies.

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