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Vacheron Constantin - Quai de l’Ile, new stainless steel models

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Taking its name from the historical site of Vacheron Constantin, the Quai de l’Ile collection was launched in 2008 as a contemporary expression of the Fine Watchmaking traditions.

This year, Vacheron Constantin presents two new models crafted from stainless steel, a metal which makes its entry into the collection.


Enhanced with alternating polished and satin-brushed finishes, the 41mm-wide and 11.75-thick case associates three iconic shapes from the aesthetic heritage of Vacheron Constantin: a round bezel, a cushion-type case and a tonneau (barrel) caseband. This embedded "shape in shape" design creates an original aesthetic, accentuated by the light playing across the finishes.



The split-level lugs reinforce the dynamics of this original case which features a transparent sapphire crystal caseback to display the in-house developed and manufactured Calibre 5100.

Comprising 172 components, this mechanical self-winding movement drives the hours, minutes, central seconds and date functions. Beating at a rate of 28,800 vibrations per hour, it features excellent resistance to impacts as well as a comfortable over 60-hour power reserve guaranteed by its twin barrels.


The oscillating weight is made of tungsten, a material rarely used in watchmaking which ensures improved inertia of the rotor along with optimal winding performance due to its hardness and its weight.

The meticulous finishing of Calibre 5100 – chamfering, polishing, circular graining, Côtes de Genève – meets the demanding Hallmark of Geneva standards.

The multi-level dial of the new stainless steel Quai de l’Île model is  interpreted in two versions, silver-toned (ref. 4500S/000A-B195) or black (ref. 4500S/000A-B196), both with an opaline finish.




Legibility is excellent thanks to hour-markers and Arabic numerals entirely made of white luminescent material. Another distinctive feature is the replacement of the traditional aperture-type date 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 Caliber 5100 appears and displays an indicator which points towards the correct date.


The new stainless steel Quai de l’Ile model, water-resistant to 30 metres / 100 feet , is delivered with two straps – one in chestnut brown alligator leather and the other in black rubber – with a steel folding clasp. The price is Euro 16,500 / US$ 14,900. vacheron-constantin.com

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