The Vacheron Constantin Quai de l’Ile is a watch with astounding differences. Made by quite possibly the most renowned names in the industry, yet created in steel. Designed in an energetic, metropolitan way however highlighting a “Hallmark of Geneva” development. Bearing a name inseparable from dream watches yet rather open. This magnificent amazement 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, at any rate for the primary long periods of its reality. Or maybe lively, 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 already very muddled, the change to a treated steel case and the redesign of the dial, both clean and impeccably divided, made things a lot simpler: the Steel Vacheron Constantin Quai de l’Ile was a sublime passage to the 262 year old Maison.
Previously available in 2 alternatives, with a black or silver dial, Vacheron Constantin, hoping to expand on the achievement 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 unpredictable and modern feel, while as yet keeping the lively metropolitan look a lot of alive. However, the essentials of the Steel Vacheron Constantin Quai de l’Ile stay immaculate. Most importantly, the 41mm case is the equivalent, as it is a serious initially molded case – not round, not tonneau… Quite compositional, yet completely flexible. A phenomenal all-rounder ( see why here ). The case is obviously entirely executed (you wouldn’t expect any less from VC) and shifts back and forth among cleaned and brushed surfaces, to build up the shape.
While presently wearing blue, the design and show are as yet unchanged. Shading insightful, 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 dull on the date ring) to accentuate the perceivability of the indictions. The date plate, on which the pointing triangle is printed, stays in black, all together not to upset the principle 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 incredible watchmaking symbols. Snappy, metropolitan and a tad sporty.
The term ‘entry-level’ typically suggests there have been concessions made some place and regularly you may expect it on the mechanical side… however not here. Indeed, the Vacheron Constantin Quai de l’Ile, even in steel, includes a magnificent programmed development with no not exactly the “hallmark of Geneva” engraved on its extensions, a confided in indication of stunning completing – which can mean up to 40% additional time needed to complete a development, compared to a non-confirmed one. The Caliber 5100 (additionally found on the 3-hand Overseas ) beats at 4Hz and has a comfortable 60h force save (twin-barrel). Obvious through the sapphire precious stone, it shows anglages, cleaned inclines, cleaned screws, meager 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 renditions (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 – tempered steel, cleaned and brushed – sapphire gem 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 catch – extra blue elastic tie included
- Reference: 4500S/000A-B364
- Price: US$ 14,900/EUR 16,200