Dior Chiffre Rouge T01 Watch
There are world time watches, and then there are "some of the world" time watches. The new Dior Chiffre Rouge T01 watch can show the time in eight different cities around the world. You'll need to do the math for the rest. I wonder if it was even worth doing a world time watch without at least 24 different timezones? Whatever... The watch looks cool-ish. I've always have mixed feeling of the Dior Chiffre Rouge style watch case. It is well made and feels nice in your hands (not nearly as large as it looks), but the dimensions seem strange, and the shape feels a bit too lopsided to the right. Dior seems to be playing with asymmetry here, and I am not really sure whether it works. I do like the bracelet a lot though.
The watch is 42mm wide in steel, and has a black ceramic bezel (which is nice). The look of the steel with black is carried over on the back of the watch where the sapphire exhibition caseback window has a ring of black around it to match the look of the watch case. Inside the watch is an automatic Calibre Dior 8 Fuseaux Horaires (8 timezones), which is likely a base ETA, and was specially developed for Dior. The watch tells the time, and has a day/night indicator (which is part of the hour hand). To be honest, I am not 100% sure how time is told in the eight timezones. The dial seems to have a subsidiary hour hand, while the main dial is used for the minutes and seconds. The hour hands looks to be operating on a 24 hour scale, and via some simple addition and subtraction, you can tell the time for the various reference cities. It looks interesting enough, but also feels like a toy that comes out of an extremely expensive box of cereal ("Real Golden Nuggets!"). Dior will be making just 100 pieces in this limited edition set of Chiffre Rouge T01 watches.
Ariel Adams publishes the luxury watch reviews site aBlogtoRead.com.