The Latest Episode of the ‘Rose des Vents’ Dior Story

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The arrival of the new Mini D Dior Rose des Vents in stores is also the occasion for the brand to release the latest episode of this series dedicated to the D collection. This line is special in that it ties together past and present within a pirouette that unites Christian Dior’s passion for colors and the strange tastes of Victoire de Castellane, who’s fascinated by contrasts. The D collection incarnates all the spirit of the jewelry division of 30 avenue Montaigne. Bold, creative, and surprising associations bring out a watchmaking savoir-faire as precise as it is astonishing. In 2003, Victoire de Castellane, creative director for Dior Jewelry, imagined a collection of timepieces with a romantic gesture: a woman taking a man’s watch so that she’ll always think of him. The D by Dior was born, in line with watches from the 70s – at Dior, gold, diamond, and ornamental stones espouse the seeming simplicity of contemporary materials.

This masculine chic touched up by a confident femininity becomes an object composed by Victoire de Castellane and shines with its own magic touch. A series of accompanying mini-animations also has a similar charm. Since Victoire de Castellane likes to play with the totems that were evocative of Christian Dior’s life to create her pieces, she’s now paying homage to the Rose des Vents (or “compass rose”) with a brand new style. This Rose des Vents can be traced back to the couturier’s childhood in Granville, France. Found in his house nicknamed Les Rhumbs, the name comes from the 32 divisions of the rose navigation symbol that appears on a compass. In 2017, Victoire de Castellane turned it into something more.

This magic is told through the latest episode of a series dedicated to the D. The Mini D Rose des Vents was imagined with a 19 mm stainless steel case, a rice grain bezel highlighted by a millegrain and a diamond-encrusted crown. Its malachite dial includes a metal mobile rose des vents that animates the entire composition. Victoire de Castellane is bringing Monsieur Dior on a journey through time. This journey, from pre-historic times to the future, is illustrated in a poetic and entertaining way, through the dream that the new Mini D Rose des Vents bears within it.

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