The Vacheron Constantin Quai de l’Ile is a watch with astonishing differentiations. Made by perhaps the most renowned names in the industry, however created in steel. Designed in a lively, metropolitan way yet highlighting a “Hallmark of Geneva” development. Bearing a name inseparable from dream observes yet rather open. This eminent astonishment is currently accessible in another style. Here is the Vacheron Constantin “Entry-Level” Quai de l’Ile in Steel, presently with Blue Dial.
The Vacheron Constantin Quai de l’Ile assortment was very hard to position, in any event for the principal long stretches of its reality. Or maybe energetic, with the exception of the reality it was made from gold, complex as it were, yet perhaps not complex enough for some collectors… A troublesome watch to order, until 2016 and the introduction of what might become the “entry-level” suggestion of the brand , and a shocking proposal without a doubt. While beforehand very muddled, the change to a hardened steel case and the redesign of the dial, both clean and consummately divided, made things a lot simpler: the Steel Vacheron Constantin Quai de l’Ile was an eminent passage to the 262 year old Maison.
Previously available in 2 choices, with a black or silver dial, Vacheron Constantin, hoping to expand on the accomplishment of this watch, presently broadens the assortment with the expansion of third model with a stylish blue dial. Combined with a coordinating blue lash, this new shading gives the watch a more erratic and modern feel, while as yet keeping the lively metropolitan look a lot of alive. However, the basics of the Steel Vacheron Constantin Quai de l’Ile stay immaculate. Most importantly, the 41mm case is the equivalent, as it is a significant initially formed case – not round, not tonneau… Quite structural, yet completely flexible. A phenomenal all-rounder ( see why here ). The case is obviously totally executed (you wouldn’t expect any less from VC) and switches back and forth among cleaned and brushed surfaces, to support the shape.
While currently wearing blue, the design and show are as yet unchanged. Shading savvy, this new form of the Vacheron Constantin Quai de l’Ile plays on various tones of blue (from brilliant in the middle and the hour ring, to dim on the date ring) to underscore the perceivability of the indictions. The date plate, on which the pointing triangle is printed, stays in black, all together not to upset the primary signs. This dial is very proportional and parceled, and has such a modern “sector” style, that while not being vintage is to some degree suggestive of extraordinary watchmaking symbols. Beautiful, metropolitan and a tad sporty.
The term ‘entry-level’ for the most part infers there have been concessions made some place and ordinarily you may expect it on the mechanical side… yet not here. Indeed, the Vacheron Constantin Quai de l’Ile, even in steel, includes a heavenly programmed development with no not exactly the “hallmark of Geneva” engraved on its scaffolds, a confided in indication of dazzling completing – which can mean up to 40% additional time needed to complete a development, compared to a non-guaranteed one. The Caliber 5100 (additionally found on the 3-hand Overseas ) beats at 4Hz and has a comfortable 60h force save (twin-barrel). Noticeable through the sapphire precious stone, it shows anglages, cleaned slopes, cleaned screws, flimsy Geneva stripes, round graining and a 3D-engraved, matte completed rotor.
This new Vacheron Constantin Quai de l’Ile Steel/Blue dial will be offered at similar cost as the two different variants (silver and black), which means a sensible (at any rate for such a brand and level of completing) US$ 14,900/EUR 16,200. Vacheron-Constantin.com.
Technical Specifications – Vacheron Constantin Quai de l’Ile Steel/Blue dial
- Case: 41mm breadth x 11.75mm thick – hardened steel, cleaned and brushed – sapphire precious stone on the two appearances – 30m water resistant
- Movement: Caliber 5100, in-house, Hallmark of Geneva affirmation – programmed – 4Hz recurrence – 60h force hold – hours, minutes, seconds, date
- Strap: blue croc cowhide with steel triple-blade collapsing fasten – extra blue elastic lash included
- Reference: 4500S/000A-B364
- Price: US$ 14,900/EUR 16,200