1st photos of the elusive Quai de l'Ile Tantalum/Palladium

Here it is! The very 1st photos of the 100 piece tantalum/palladiun automatic date Quai de l'Ile. Its so fresh out of the assembly ateliers that the watchmakers didn't even have time to put a strap on the watch before I stole it for my shots 1st photos of the elusive Quai de l'Ile Tantalum/Palladium.

The idea was that following the success of the unique tantalum case / palladium flanks QDI made for the Only Watch auction in Monte Carlo in sept (sold for euro 50k) the designers at VC came out with another version wîth palladium case and tantalum bezzel and flanks. Made in only 100 pieces (the limitation is due to the fact that tantalum is so complicated to mill  - adding to an already complicated QDI case - that the case maker couldn't pull it off), VC will donate 1000 francs for each sale to research against muscular distrophy.

The Only Watch model:

1st photos of the elusive Quai de l'Ile Tantalum/Palladium

The new tantalum/palladium model. On a side note I have to admit that it is really complicated to catch the bueish tint of tantalum in the photos.

1st photos of the elusive Quai de l'Ile Tantalum/Palladium

1st photos of the elusive Quai de l'Ile Tantalum/Palladium

1st photos of the elusive Quai de l'Ile Tantalum/Palladium

1st photos of the elusive Quai de l'Ile Tantalum/Palladium

1st photos of the elusive Quai de l'Ile Tantalum/Palladium

1st photos of the elusive Quai de l'Ile Tantalum/Palladium

1st photos of the elusive Quai de l'Ile Tantalum/Palladium

1st photos of the elusive Quai de l'Ile Tantalum/Palladium

1st photos of the elusive Quai de l'Ile Tantalum/Palladium

1st photos of the elusive Quai de l'Ile Tantalum/Palladium

1st photos of the elusive Quai de l'Ile Tantalum/Palladium
Re: 1st photos of the elusive Quai de l'Ile Tantalum/Palladium
11/17/2009 - 14:16
Thank you very much Alex. A pleasure as always. As for the watch - one of the better examples of outstanding metalwork and dial making. Said it before, and I'll say it again - no one does modern haute horlogerie like VC. And Alex - Hats off to you that by the end of the day they didn't end off with 99...(with strap or not) ;)
Quai de l'Ile Tantalum/Palladium - splendid...
11/17/2009 - 14:36
 My favorite QdI so far. BTW, when are we gonna get to see the Only Watch version wristshots, Alex?
Interesting
11/17/2009 - 15:24

The cause of this limited edition is really noble. Most of the time I do not like Limited Edition which are just there for marketing reasons, this one is quite more interesting. -The hands : it is not obvious that the legibility is improved by the black hands on the photos. It seems to be but I am not sure. What can you say about? -The combination Palladium Tantalum is VERY appealing. Tantalum is slightly dark and has an interesting colour. I would have prefered to have the flank and case in Palladium and lugs and bezel in tantalum. Just because I love the polish brushed effects on palladium flanks. (do you think it will be possible in the future? or will it be possible with Titanium?) But this combinaiton is already one of the best in my taste. Congrats VC for this version of this amazing watch. Best regards François

tantalum will no longer be used but you can of course personalise the
11/17/2009 - 15:48
QDI in any metal you like (titanium, palladium or rose gold) Check out the QDI web site www.quaidelile.com to try out the different possibilities, its great fun!
even the time/day only model? (nt)
11/18/2009 - 01:19
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starting next year it should be possible (nt)
11/18/2009 - 11:20
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Great photos of an outstanding piece Alex
11/17/2009 - 17:36
Alex,  Thank you for sharing these wonderful photos with us! I can see the blueish tint that the tantalum gives, your photos do capture this beauty. Now if I could just afford my own Quai de l'Ile, which I do not think is going to happen:(  At least I have these cool photos to stare at though! Best, Mike
Thanks Alex....
11/17/2009 - 18:14
While I appreciate the use of tantalum, I'm not sure this watch is distinguished enough from a straight titanium QDI or a customized titanium/palladium watch to merit the premium. I would have liked a dash of color the dial and the absence of mini-Maltese Crosses on the security film like on the unique ONLY Watch to make it stand out from the standard production pieces. Bill
Just amazing
11/17/2009 - 20:19
Thank you so much for the photos.. wow... they are beautiful..... You have saved me a lot of curiosity.. i was scared to have placed the order, but now i am looking forward to recieving mine.. its a magnificent piece, and i love it !!  Just wanted to ask you, in the press release it says its numbered and engraved in the back for the  "Monaco Association against Muscular Dystrophy", but havent seen anything on the back of the photo that you posted.. And on the front they have words that goes around the dail, could you please write that out as i cant seem to read them.. Thanks once again, those are amazing photos and i will recipricate once i recieve mine... Ishan
Hi and welcome to the Lounge :)
11/17/2009 - 22:50
Congratulations on acquiring this great piece of modern horology! I'm looking forward to your pictures The text on the dial is from a letter by François Constantin to Jaques-Barthélémy Vacheron and reads: 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."Martin
Congrats on such a great purchase!
11/18/2009 - 01:29
the QdI has been haunting my dreams lately... I'm patiently saving up for one And it's goof to know that in the same time, you're supporting a good cause! And of course, welcome to the Lounge Cheers, Francois
Congratulations in advance! To answer your questions
11/18/2009 - 11:29

The press release may be misleading but it globally says that the back is engraved with the individual limited edition number (in this case 41) and the funds go to research but the name of the Association is not engraved on the back. The dial bears an extract of a letter, translated into English, 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 and has become the motto of the brand: "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."  Here's an article on the development of the Quai de l'Ile click here to read the article Welcome to the Lounge

ooops posted without reading Martin's reply :-( (nt)
11/18/2009 - 11:33
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That is a very nice (scratch resistant) combo
11/18/2009 - 01:26
Alex, what is the MSRP? I wonder how it compares to the standard palladium model... I'm not 100% sure, but I think that I still prefer the palladium model Cheers, Francois
Another question I forgot to ask...
11/18/2009 - 01:35
one of the advantages of the QdI is being able to swap damaged pieces for new ones - will that be the case for the tantalum parts in this LE? Cheers, Francois
North American pricing....
11/18/2009 - 04:41
Retail is $36,200. Bill
OUch!
11/19/2009 - 01:05
At that price, I prefer the all-palladium model. Thanks for the info Bill Cheers, Francois
Re: 1st photos of the elusive Quai de l'Ile Tantalum/Palladium
11/18/2009 - 03:57
Nice photos Alex, thanks! One question though, is the tantalum piece noticeably heavier than the other Quai de l'Ile watches?
yes you can really feel the heft (nt)
11/18/2009 - 19:47
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Ohhh
11/19/2009 - 23:27
Very, extrimly very nice watch with great humanitarian mission after each sale... Twice great...