The Quai de l’Île collection was originally launched in 2008. Now there’s a new addition, a stainless steel model in a comfortably sized 41 mm case incorporating three shapes from the heritage of the Manufacture: a round bezel, a cushion-type case and a tonneau (barrel) case band.
The Hallmark of Geneva-certified Quai de l’ìle stainless steel model is powered by the new Manufacture self-winding Caliber 5100, displaying the hours, minutes, seconds and date on a silver-toned or black dial punctuated by luminescent indications for ease of legibility.
Quai de l’Île
Quai de l’Île, after which the collection is named, is a bustling urban between the left and right banks of the Rhone; a location rich in history. With its contemporary design, its distinctive character and bearing the prestigious Hallmark of Geneva, the Quai de l’Île collection is an avant-garde approach to Swiss watchmaking traditions.
Structured steel case
The name refers to the historical site of Vacheron Constantin. A symbol of Geneva’s watchmaking excellence and home to the famous 19th century master cabinotiers, this center of craftsmanship spread the fame of the Manufacture far and wide.
The structured stainless steel case is comfortable and light, enhanced with alternating polished and satin-brushed finishes. The embedded “shape in shape” design together with split-level lugs reinforce the dynamics of this case with its transparent back and endow it with an authentic VC identity.
The mechanical self-winding movement comprises 172 components. Caliber 5100, entirely designed, developed and crafted in-house by Vacheron Constantin, drives the hours, minutes, central seconds and date functions with a power reserve of over 60-hours provided by its twin barrels. The meticulous finishing of Caliber 5100, complete with chamfering, polishing, circular graining and Côtes de Genève – meets the demanding Hallmark of Geneva standards. The hand-crafted finishes entail up to 40% longer production time compared with a non-certified movement.
The dial features a multi-level construction in silver-toned or black – with an opaline finish. Comprising three distinct parts, the depth effects ensure remarkable legibility thanks to its hour-markers and Arabic numerals being made entirely of white luminescent material. The traditional aperture type date is replaced by a two-level date indication. The dial construction includes a transparent mineral glass disc on which the dates of the month are inked. Beneath this glass, the date disc of the movement appears and displays an indicator which points towards the correct date. Water-resistant to 30 meters, the watch comes with two straps – one in brown alligator leather and the other in black rubber – with a steel folding clasp.