When Dior introduced its Christal Mystérieuse at BaselWorld 2009, the company obviously had the modern man in mind. The design was decidedly masculine with a 44mm case, diving-style bezel and black alligator strap, but women obviously couldn’t get enough of them because this year Dior is presenting a women’s version in an elegant 38mm case, with a sprinkling of diamonds and a black crystal bracelet on option.
The magic of this mysterious timepiece is that the dial is in constant motion with three mobile sapphire discs that pass over three fixed discs, creating a different watch face every second (the exact same image only comes around once a month). The plates are decorated with a combination of bold delineated geometrical shapes using white and Tahiti mother-of-pearl inserts as well as black and gold metallic segments, reminiscent of art deco and kinetic art.
The electromechanical mechanism that turns the plates was developed by the Quinting Manufacture for Dior and took three watchmakers, an automotive engineer and an electro technical engineer, seven years and 10 million CHF to perfect!
This new ladies’ version has a diamond set bezel with black sapphire crystal inserts, a transparent sapphire crystal case back with a central ring that is also set with diamonds and is available in a limited edition of 200 pieces.
Source: Europa Star April - May 2010 Magazine Issue