Quai de l'Ile: Vacheron Constantin's Bohemian Rhapsody

Like Queen’s 1975 hit single Vacheron Constantin’s Quai de l’Ile uses complex construction elements, apparently non-related to each other and never merged before to create a perfect whole, and as the music video of Bohemian Rhapsody established the visual language of modern music video clips, the Quai de l’Ile will certainly establish what 21st century haute horlogerie will look like.

The Quai de l’Ile (QDI) is Vacheron Cosntantin’s first new collection in 8 years, since the launch of the Malte line in 2000…and what a collection! Definitely worth the wait: modern, dynamic, youthful, alternative and yet everything you could expect from the world’s oldest and one of the most prestigious manufactures.


Many would consider the QDI as a very audacious step taken by a brand mostly known for its classical and conservative designs, but looking back Vacheron Constantin was never the austere Genevan brand certain would like to think, but very much to the contrary.

As soon as 1906 Vacheron Constantin played with see through dials with one of the 1st open dial watches: a perpetual calendar minute repeater as well as with alternative case designs such as a rather unusual rectangular model from 1917. 

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However, experts and collectors agree that Vacheron Constantin’s big jump into the design word dates from the late 19th century and their collaboration with Parisian case makers Verger Frères. The mix of technical savoir faire and French design savvy and flair led to the creation of some astounding pieces such as the Constant Force Clock, Bras en L’air, Shutter watch, snuff box etc… Some say that Verger Frères’ blood still runs within the brand making it the most “Mediterranean” of Swiss watchmakers. 


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The 40s and 50s saw the brand play with lug shapes with some wild and audacious models; at the same time in the 50s the brand tested extra large pieces. At a time where men’s watches were in the 33-35mm range it launched a series of 38mm models as well as the iconic Cioccolatone (reintroduced in Vacheron’s collection in its triple date moonphase version as the Toledo 1952). 


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Of course, all these watches seem rather mainstream today but we need to put them in context and a bit like David Lynch's Eraserhead they have gone from avant garde when they were created to being classics of today.

The new millennium seems to have given a big boost design wise to Vacheron Constantin, first timidly with the open dial 247 launched in 2003, the open dial Malte perpetual Calendar retrograde from 2006 but even more with the audacious Malte Tourbillon Black Nickel of 2006, the amazing Sputnik or the Masks set both launched in 2007. 


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247 Malte Retrograde Perpetual Calendar Openface 

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Malte Black Nickel Tourbillon (scan courtesy of Duncan Wang) Sputnik Mexico Mask -2008 set

These watches as interesting and daring as they are were not destined for the mere mortal either due to their extremely high price or their extremely low production numbers (3 for the Malte Tourbillon Nickel or 10 for the Sputnik) or both!

I thus applaud even more the launch of the QDI as it is only a natural step back into the world of creative inspiration and haute horlogerie after the re-awakening of the brand and the only one today to have an offer for those who love contemporary design but want it to come with a great and historical name.

The Idea 
Vacheron Cosntantin’s 250the anniversary in 2005 was a form of catharsis, with the models presented the brand squeezed in 250 years of savoir faire and paid tribute to its past. It also freed its creative spirit and enabled it to focus no longer on its history but on what its future should look like.

The 250th anniversary also saw the arrival of Vacheron Constantin’s new inhouse automatic movements and the goal was to find a way to showcase the wonderful underdial finishing of these calibers in a modern manner.

Starting January 2006, the design team set to work with the following criteria in mind: non round and non tonneau case with powerful character, modern without being gimmicky, transparency and a strong identity. 150 sketches and a year and a half later the Quai de l’Ile was born! 


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wax models of the case at different stages brass prototype of case

The Movements

The new Quai de l’Ile line will be launched with two models: the Quai de l’Ile Date and the Quai de l’Ile Day-Date and Power-Reserve. Other models will subsequently be launched. 

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Both models use automatic manufacture calibres also stamped with the Geneva Seal. The movements (dial side) have circular Geneva wave decoration and are coated with rhodium or ruthenium and visible through the dial.

Cal.2460QH (Quai de l’Ile Date): Hours, minutes and central seconds, with an additional plate for the date disc. This date function has a rather funky feature: it is the disc that moves highlighting the numbers and not the contrary. The QH stands for Quantième Haute or raised date in reference to the date plate which has been raised to give more depth to this indication. 

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Cal. 2475SC/1 (Quai de l’Ile Day-Date and Power-Reserve): Hours, minutes and central seconds, with an additional plate displaying the power reserve, date, and day of the week with hands. The SC stands for Secondes au Centre or central seconds. 

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There has been a lot of talk about the superlative finish of Vacheron Constantin’s manufacture calibres including the underdial parts. The QDI models thanks to the semi transparent dials will allow the movement finish to be closely examined and enable the owner to make his own opinion on this. The finishing also has a special three-dimensional effect thanks to the unique interplay of transparencies created by the sapphire crystal.

To provide optimal legibility of the dial’s hour-circle, the two movements have a snailed exterior ring, rhodium - or ruthenium-finished depending on the version.

Finally, a new rotor has been developed, its design inspired by the back of the case, it is made in ruthenium-finished 22K gold enhanced by five embossed fillets. 

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The Case

The 41 mm cushion shaped case is extremely Art Deco inspired and yet very contemporary in its construction. It is made of 10 parts of which 7 make up the middle. All these parts are affixed to a titanium inner case. This inner case is like a classical movement ring used to fix the movement in the case and it also provides the water resistance of the watch. The crystal and back as well as their respective gaskets are screwed directly to the inner case. However, the watch provides only a 30m water resistance which is OK for a dress watch but not so for one which without being a sports watch is more of the active wear type. 

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The Dial 
The visit to Swiss artist Roger Pfund’s home was a revelation! Christian Selmoni (head of product development) was taken aback by a huge semi transparent glass pane in Pfund’s living room which had different ex Soviet bloc bank notes etched on it. It immediately gave him the idea of trying something similar on a dial.

These semi-transparent dials, which have two patents pending, are graphically innovative and use techniques never seen before in the watch industry, these advanced methods integrate secret texts, micro-printing, security inks and UV markings using invisible ink! The brand states that these “are safeguards against counterfeiting”. Whilst the battle against counterfeiting is a noble one I consider this more as literature in describing a dial made using cutting edge technology with a result which is nothing short of astounding!

Orell Füssli Security Printing Ltd, printers of bank notes and passports for various states, accepted for the first time to put its highly specialised savoir-faire at the service of the watch industry and help manufacture the dials.

To give a more artistic dimension to this very technical process, Vacheron Constantin called on the services of Roger Pfund - one of Switzerland’s most renowned contemporary artists (design/ graphic arts / painting) - who in a way was the inspirator of the dials! Pfund at the age of 27, had won the prestigious currency design contest, hosted by the Swiss National Bank for the design a new series of bank notes. He is also credited with the creation of the last version of the French Franc, as well as a series of the Euro, and the 2003 Swiss passport. 

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Technically, the Quai de l’Ile dials comprise two main elements:

- A sapphire crystal
- A security film

The sapphire crystal is an amalgam of cutting-edge techniques and refined processes, in particular those of:

Laser engraving without inking: used for the words “Swiss Made” and “Automatique”.

Laser engraving with inking: used for some of the numerals, the date and day of the week and “Vacheron Constantin Genève”.

Galvanic growth of nickel: used to create the numerals 3, 6, 9 and 12, and the Maltese cross. This process consists of “growing” a predefined shape on a sapphire crystal washed with ultrasounds and micro-sandblasted without abrasion. The result is almost the same as affixing an applique – impossible on a sapphire crystal – but more luxurious than the vacuum metallization method used on sapphire dials.

Galvanic growth process is both time consuming and complex, the sapphire crystal is first bathed in ultrasound, it is then covered with a layer of chrome and subsequently a fine layer of gold is deposited on top of the chrome layer using a vacuum metallisation method. It is then coated with UV lights sensitive varnish. The varnish is exposed to UV light through a mask with the desired motif (3,6,9,12 and the Maltese cross). The crystal is then placed in a nickel plating bath where it undergoes electroplating. Under the effect of an electric current between the tank and the crystal the nickel sulfamate is transformed into metallic nickel and deposited on the contact surfaces between the crystal and the bath. After 10 hours of treatment the layer attains a thickness of around 200 microns. The nickel plated surface is then polished and colored (rhodium or gold) according to the required finish.

Metallization: the act of covering a surface with a fine metallic deposit, in this case: sprayed white gold. The metallised micro-texts on the dial of the Quai de l’Ile Day-Date and Power-Reserve model – around the day and date counters – reproduce an extract, translated into English, of a letter written by Jaques-Barthélémy Vacheron to his associate François Constantin on 21 March 1829, complimenting him on the acquisition of new clients in Italy:

Geneva 21 March 1829, “ …we continually work to improve our quality so that you will often have this kind of rich news, you may rest assured that our watchmaking is worth more in quality if only by all the improvements that we have made, and we still have much more to do before reaching the goal we set ourselves.”

The Quai de l’Ile Date model bears a second extract, also translated into English of a letter sent from Italy by François Constantin in July 1819. This is right at the beginning of Vacheron and Constantin’s partnership and the unwavering confidence that François Constantin expresses in his letters for his friend and associate Jaques-Barthélémy Vacheron is already apparent here:

"With your able assistance, I promise you that we will make as much from watchmaking as all the commercial travellers together.... I assure you that we will be strong: our watchmaking is highly esteemed here, by continuing to do better if possible and that is always possible." 

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The dials on both models also feature a sun, also produced by the metallization process. It is inspired by the clock on the Tour de l’Ile in Place Bel-Air, in the Saint-Gervais district of Geneva. 


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This is a key security feature of the dial, the invisible ink disc affixed to the back of the security polymer (at the centre of the sun) can only be seen with a UV lamp and will create the most unusual effect when dancing under the UV lights in the Amnesia next summer in Ibiza!

This distinctive sign is also on the passport which comes with each watch. 

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Stuck under the sapphire crystal, the security transparent film – the same one used for printing on bank notes – is made from a special chemical compound.

On the movement side, the security transparent film has a pattern of hundreds of Maltese crosses and concentric circles. Depending on the version, it is printed with white or black ink.

On the dial side, the security transparent film has a pattern of concentric lines serving as a seconds track. These lines – or rays – are printed alternately with light-grey and sepia ink or with light-grey and white ink.

Personalization and Design

What makes a good tune? One that makes a part of your body unconsciously beat to the rhythm and once the song is over you continue humming it. Same with a great design, it’s one that gives you an emotional shock and to which you keep wanting to come back and as such the QDI design hits a homerun: not only is it a success design wise but also immediately recognizable and in my opinion will enter watch history as one of the iconic designs of watchmaking.

Other than being a great design it is possible to completely personalize your QDI! 

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rose gold / titanium rose gold / titanium

As a Lounger recently wrote: “Vacheron Constantin should be lauded for offering personalization because until now the only choice a customer had was that of the color of the strap!”

Vacheron Constantin’s personalization concept is based on the case, dial and movement finish combinations.

For the case Vacheron Constantin has defined three sections which can be personalised:

- Heart of the case (lugs + inter-lug pieces + back)
- Bezel
- Lateral flanks and support plate 


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Legend rose gold /titanium

The crown can also be personalized, but it has to be made of the material chosen for one of the other three groups (meaning for example that a rose gold crown can’t be chosen if rose gold has not been used for any other case part). 


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The owner has the choice between 3 metals for the case: titanium, palladium (a platinum group metal) and rose gold in any combination. This is the first time Vacheron Constantin has ever used titanium and palladium in one of its standard collections.

The possibility to personalize this model continues with dial/movement finish choices which are offered in three different choices:

- Grey – dark dial with a rhodium-plated movement
- White – light dial with a rhodium-plated movement
- Black – dark dial with a ruthenium-plated movement

Unfortunately the personalization is only available for the Day-Date and Power-Reserve model and not yet for the Date model but the brand assures us that this option will be available in the future. 


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palladium / titanium palladium /titanium

At the same time the watches can take so many different forms that each variation has only a slight resemblance to the other. The automatic with date with its flat top plate reflects light in a way that the day/date with power reserve which has relief does not. The QdI models go from the rather classic if you choose an all rose gold with light dial to the stealth with a dark almost menacing look with the all titanium with dark dial and ruthenium movement. 


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titanium titanium

To enable the potential client to have a better view of what his watch would look like the brand has created a presentation case displaying among others a model of the watch case, the different metals which can be used, the straps and a tactile screen configurator where he can choose each element and see what the final result would look like. 


Quai de l'Ile: Vacheron Constantin's Bohemian Rhapsody

Besides the Quai de l’Ile watches that can be personalized in almost 400 combinations, Vacheron Constantin decided to offer a standard Quai de l’Ile automatic and day date with power reserve in the following combinations:

- palladium case – grey dial – rhodium-plated movement
- pink gold case – light dial – rhodium-plated movement
- titanium case – dark dial – ruthenium movement 


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rose gold rose gold

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titanium palladium

Mix the classicism of a Timothy Everest suit, the complexity of a Portishead song, the intriguing aesthetics of Jackson Pollock and the emotional impact of a view over Tokyo from a high rise by night and you get what makes the singularity of the QdI!

On the Wrist

I had the great pleasure of trying out a day/date model in titanium with rose gold flanks, ruthenium plated movement and light dial for over a week. Contrary to what one would come to think the legibility of the dial was excellent even for the day and date indicators. However you need to put the watch at a certain angle to see the power reserve indication. I really had to pick my brain to find something that I disliked about the QDI and basically all I found were the hands. There is nothing wrong with them per se but they do look a bit pedestrian used in the cutting edge design of the watch. Oh and one thing I don’t like either is its name which even though it refers to Vacheron Constantin’s historical location in the heart of Geneva, doesn’t fit such a contemporary piece, but then again maybe its so decalé that it is avant garde? 

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I am totally biased to the QDI because it is everything I like in contemporary watchmaking: beautiful modern design, cutting edge technology merged with good old watchmaking! Vacheron Constantin proves here that traditional watchmaking is still alive and that to be modern you don’t have to cross out what makes a high end watch stand out: a perfect mix of design and technique and impeccable movement finish. No use of weird dental hygiene metals, PVD overkill or organic design gimmicks in this baby!

Some with a rather conservative mind will certainly be put off by Vacheron Constantin’s new approach via the Quai de l’Ile but it is easy to not to take risks and to give the public exactly what it is waiting for. It is leagues away from “pre-marketed” over designed watches which are bizarre for the sake of being bizarre that too many brands have been bombarding us with lately. The Quai de l’Ile is not a concept watch nor a conversation piece but a real watch part of a whole new collection which the owner can build as his own and meant to be worn.

Kudos should be given to the brand for daring to be where it was not expected!

With the Quai de l’Ile Vacheron Constantin proves that a brand can have a foot firmly set in its historical past while having another in 21st century watchmaking and like Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody which ranked 163 on Rolling Stone magazine’s of the 500 greatest songs of all time, the Quai de l’Ile will no doubt be considered rapidly as a modern icon and one which will certainly inspire the look of what we will see in the coming years.

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10/13/2008 - 16:52
Marvellous Article on a marvellous watch
10/08/2008 - 17:38
Thanks for your work on this tremendous watch ! IMHO, this watch forecasts clearly the future of high end watch without complications. Amicalement, Kind Regards, Beste Grüsse François
merci Cisco (nt)
10/09/2008 - 17:34
OMG, rose gold and titanium on rubber strap....
10/08/2008 - 19:18
is absolutely freakin beautiful
Yup :-) (nt)
10/09/2008 - 17:35
Congratulations Alex!
10/08/2008 - 21:39
An excellent article once again. Very interesting detail on the concept and realisation of the QdI and its components. What a splendid committment by VC. Regards, Joseph
thanks Joseph, its easy to write an article on such an awesome watch
10/09/2008 - 17:35
Great work, thank you (nt)
10/08/2008 - 22:14
thanks Jerome (nt)
10/09/2008 - 17:36
Wonderful compendium on Quai de l'Ile!
10/08/2008 - 23:05
That's an amazing piece of read, Alex! Great instructional teaching to acquiring your first QdI You know I love the watch immensely and your spirited and massive report on QdI makes me even more excited about it. Thank you so much! 
thanks Radek, next step is having the configurator on line to
10/09/2008 - 17:37
play around with
music to my ears :-))) just can't wait, Chief (nt)
10/09/2008 - 18:22
That would be great (nt)
10/09/2008 - 21:42
+1, When it could be expected? (nt)
10/10/2008 - 13:24
very soon (nt)
10/10/2008 - 15:25
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10/08/2008 - 23:37
Excellent article Alex. It's been a while since I saw one in the flesh, do you know when some may be delivered to dealers in the States? Thanks John
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10/09/2008 - 00:43
HI John, Perhaps its close. I saw Cellini this week with a full page ad that had 3 different QdI in it and nothing else. Regards, Joseph
Thanks JB, I have dealt with them and will give
10/09/2008 - 00:54
them a call
Hi John, my understanding is starting this month in the US.
10/09/2008 - 03:20
Good luck! Cheers, Duncan
Thanks Duncan...looking forward to seeing one again nt
10/09/2008 - 05:41
Good to have you back John, the first pieces are hitting the stores in
10/09/2008 - 17:38
the US these days
Thanks Alex, It's good to be back. I sometimes get
10/09/2008 - 21:38
watch overload and need to step away from it for awhile. I appreciate it all the more getting back into the main stream. John
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10/09/2008 - 03:03
You've done it again, Alex. It is always good to read about the development of a new product, but one gets a better appreciation for the brand and the product itself when everything is seen from a historical perspective.  Thanks for the hard work, Chief. As I mentioned before, I was not captured by the QDI design at first because I thought it was a little gimmicky and out of place in the brand's line up.  But the more I look at it, the more I appreciate the combination art deco and avant-garde design, coupled with the combination of traditional craftmanship and state-of-the-art techniques used in its manufacture.  I now have a better appreciation of the important place the model holds in VCs line up. As far as the naming is concerned, although QDI probably evokes an image that is very "close to home" as far as VC is concerned, those of us who are linguistically challenged will definitely have a hard time pronouncing it (I can just imagine Japanese watch afficionados and ADs alike stumbling over its too-Frenchy pronounciation).  I think a successful name (for a regular product line) should not only evoke the right image and have the necessary impact, but should also be easy to pronounce and remember. Still, I have to count my blessings...VC could have very well named it "La belle dame sans merci", or something!  I guess it could all be just a matter of time.  Given the positive response among Loungers, there is still the possibility that someday in the not too distant future, "Quai de l'Ile" will become a "household word" among watch fans. Looking forward to that day. Cheers! Kazumi
Hi Kazumi, just a quick note about the name...
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Quai de l'Ile.  It is my understanding that the name refers to the original location of VC.  I believe that it was a challenge for the brand to choose an appropriate name for this vital new product line as it represented a marked change for them.  It is my opinion that since this line possessed a much more contemporary look to it, the brand wanted to still promote the connection to its past and their fine watchmaking traditions. Over time, people might ultimately start to refer to the watch as the QDI as opposed to the full name of Quai de l'Ile.  That might be easier for people around the world. Cheers, Duncan
Re: Hi Kazumi, just a quick note about the name...
10/09/2008 - 04:41
As long as they don't call it after the new Manufacture location: Plan les Ouatres! Joseph
LOL Joseph! Yeah, I am still working on that one... :-) (nt)
10/09/2008 - 06:18
it definately is different from what we had seen from VC. Love the
10/09/2008 - 17:40
name you suggested
Many thanks Alex for a marvelous article.
10/09/2008 - 03:28
I must say that your commentary closely mirrors many of my own personal feelings about Quai de l"ile.  And just in case there is any doubt, I LOVE this watch!!!! Thanks again for sharing this with us. Cheers, Duncan
thanks Duncan, can't wait to order one myself :-)
10/09/2008 - 17:40
The wait brings a most wonderful reward. :-) (nt)
10/10/2008 - 03:23
Btw Alex, can you share more of the images from the...
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series/photoshoot which produced the first image of the Self-Winding Date model?  I think I saw these when I was in Geneva and it was a wonderful set of photos.  Would love to see the series again. Thanks, Duncan
these photos?
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PalladiumRose goldTitanium
These are great and thanks for sharing them with us Alex.
10/10/2008 - 03:21
I was actually referring to another set from a different photoshoot.  I'll check and see if they are available for sharing. Thanks again. Cheers, Duncan
Wow, that was a great read and thrilling pictures of a modern
10/09/2008 - 04:49
classic. Now it is time to go through the glorious labor of what combination will land on my wrist. Thanks for a great report Alex, you rock! Best to all, Tim
that's the fun part :-) (nt)
10/09/2008 - 17:57
MY GOD !!!!
10/09/2008 - 18:27
Thats what I call pictures and of course a fantastic article ! Stunning is a to much used word, so I just say that you made an article that will be a classic Thanks again Maestro, at last on the right place Doc
+1, Thanks Mr Moderator (nt)
10/09/2008 - 18:59
my pleasure Monsieur (nt)
10/09/2008 - 19:34
just call me Alex :-) thanks Doc and hope you're back for good this
10/09/2008 - 19:33
time :-)
Quai de l'Ile Date and Sarpaneva K2
10/10/2008 - 05:27
I see similarity on the dial of these two watches. Regards Ling
interesting comment, both have transparencies but where the
10/10/2008 - 11:50
Sarpaneva gives depth to the dial with the grid placed upon the movement the QDI gives depth voa the inscriptions on the dial and the movement construction. I'm a great fan of Sarpaneva and am impatiently waiting for the day he puts the Korona dial on a Supernova case. photoshop courtesy of Curtis Thomson
Alex, you are so evil !!!
10/10/2008 - 14:40
I have never thought of that.  Excellent idea provided the case must be at least 42mm to look more robust. Regards Ling
doing my best :-) agree on the 42mm case (nt)
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10/10/2008 - 07:49
Dear Alex, The Quai de I'lle is a watch has captured my heart! Thank you for such a well-researched and informed article!  I look forward to an announcement for a special HL version in the (near) future! Best regards JAMES
+1, How will be the Special QDI HL (if it is a QDI) ?
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thanks James, I think the special HL QDI (if it sees the day) is still
10/10/2008 - 11:52
a long way.
10/10/2008 - 12:33
Bravo Alex for this article. lot of details, very comprehensive. And again, lot of informations about VC history. Deniz
thanks Deniz (nt)
10/10/2008 - 13:25
Congratulations on yet another excellent article, Alex
10/10/2008 - 13:06
And thank you! If possible, you made me want one even more now.
glad to be giving you the last push Martin :-) (nt)
10/10/2008 - 13:26
Like always, Alex, a good review!
10/10/2008 - 22:55
It's nice to read that kind of review and be deeply informed. BTW, I have been quickly in Geneva last week and visited the Boutique. I was of course very well received and the guy showed me the way of choosing the QdI through the software/computer: fantastic! Unfortunately, he was waiting for the first sets of QdI (prompt to receive!) I am looking forward to seeing one! Cheers
I'll try to have one to show it to you next time we meet up (nt)
10/11/2008 - 18:05
AMAZING article Alex!!!
10/13/2008 - 16:52
Alex, you've convinced me to get one...  You are dangerous company, it's the 2nd time this happens (you convinced me almost exactly a year ago to go for the 47212 instead of the 47112... although to be fair, while you've made me that much poorer, getting the 47212 was one of the best decisions I EVER made) When I first saw the QdI I was amazed by it, but similar to Kazumi I wasn't sure if the attraction would wear off and if in the end it would feel a little bit gimmicky. 6 months have passed and I'm still loving it, so it has passed the test of time. OK, now I just need to hope that this year's bonus will not be as bad as I'm fearing . If I have to wait a few years, it will not be the end of the world, it will give VC a bit more time to make available the personalisation on the time/date model, and maybe release a few new pieces that might look even better While I'm happy with the hands on the QdI, I think it's the rotor on which VC could have done a better job - it looks kinda cheap to me... Thanks Alex for giving us some insight into the development of the concept of the watch, I'm a big fan of this kind of information. I really enjoy seeing the thought process... By the way, I think you hit it on the nail when you compared the QdI with Portishead's music Cheers,  Francois
A second Portishead fan on the Lounge ? I feel better :-) Even though
10/13/2008 - 18:50

my end of year bonus is starting to melt like snow in the Sahara I'm still looking forward in getting a personalised version RG/titanium or go for an all stealth palladium/titanium

Re: Quai de l'Ile: Vacheron Constantin's Bohemian Rhapsody
10/18/2008 - 13:03
Even if I'm (too) late, I have to give you thanks for this marveillous article!!! Great Alex!!!
never too late... grazie (nt)
10/20/2008 - 12:54
Re: Quai de l'Ile: Vacheron Constantin's Bohemian Rhapsody
11/14/2008 - 00:05
Wow Alex, thanks to your article, I'm now a huge fan of... Sputnik!
a friend of mine who has a retail store once saw someone with
11/17/2008 - 11:16
the Sputnik and he said that it was probably the most beautiful watch he had ever seen!!!