Palladium vs. Steel

Hi all,

Hope everyone is well. I'm still ruminating on the QDL in steel, but I quite like the fact that you can customise the original version, including the semi-transparent dial. I'm attracted to white metals a bit more than yellow or pink gold and my dilema now (if it could be called that) is perhaps going for a palladium version of the original QDL with the dial mentioned above - or the steel with the newer movement but non-transparent dial.

I like watches that use unusual materials - cermaic, titanium, etc - and palladium is certainly not one that I see used very often. Forgetting price for just a moment (it is always a consideration, however) I would tend toward palladium over steel because I believe it to be harder and more robust.

Is this correct? I've read that palladium is very similar to platinum, only lighter.

That said, is the newer 60-hour power reserve movement going to perform more efficiently than the original QDL movement? I have in my head that newer is better, more advanced, more anti-magnetic, etc. But again this is something that I tend to do by default as I'm partial to new over vintage. If anyone can shed a bit more light on this I'd be appreciative. I really am interested in the QDL and would just like to have a better understanding of the comparison between steel and palladium and original movement over the new.

As always your individual and collective thoughts are most appreciated. Have a terrific evening. Looking forward to continuing the QDL discussion with anyone who is willing. In my opinion it's a really interesting watch and one that is unique in the market. I don't know that it will ever be considered a classic piece by the larger collecting community but no one else is doing anything like it, as far as I know.

Speak soon.


I prefer the Palladium QDL
04/13/2016 - 05:56

Hi, I originally did not like the transparent dial (too avant-garde). But after the first solid dial verions came out...i realized that I liked the transparent ones because they seemed more special to me and a highlight of the QDL!

Therefore my choice is thr Pd version.  Palladium is part of the precious metals family when yoy look at the Periodic Table of Elements. It has many of the same chemical properties as platinum.  For a watch case, it is much more rare than steel.

The new cal. 5100 is nice for sure and has a longet power reserve (60 hrs vs. 43 hrs. for Cal. 2460QH).  Since they are both automatics, the total number of hours of PR does not mean as much to me.  (On a side note, I am interested in underatanding the differences between cal. 5100 used in the new QDL and cal. 5100/1 used in the new OS).

Let us know which one you finally choose. Wristshots are mandatory! smiley

BR, Dan 

I love the transparent dial Quai de l'Ile and
04/13/2016 - 10:17

actually owned 2,


one in all palladium and the day/date in palladium and titanium


I love the transparent dial Quai de l'Ile and I love the transparent dial Quai de l'Ile and 


however the new QDI in steel is pretty cool too!

Re: I love the transparent dial Quai de l'Ile and
04/13/2016 - 17:42

Alex and Dan,

Thanks very much for sending your thoughts on the QDL. I'm wondering if for a small upcharge VC would allow one of the new steel models to be fitted with the transparent dial.

Alternatively, could the original QDL be fitted with the new movement (probably dramatically more expensive)? I like the durability of palladium over steel and I'm really interested in why VC chose to give the steel version the new movement. Why not give it the original?


cou cannot personnalise the new steel models and you
04/13/2016 - 18:36

cannot have the new movement with the transparent dial. the reason behind this new steel model is to offer a more affordable QDI

Re: cou cannot personnalise the new steel models and you
04/13/2016 - 22:45

I figured that was the case - this is a conundrum. Rats. Really, both are super nice so you don't go wrong either way.


The classic to get both of them!
04/14/2016 - 00:19


Re: The classic to get both of them!
04/15/2016 - 03:34

Indeed, getting both would solve one problem and assuredly cause another - daycare and such.


Re: cou cannot personnalise the new steel models and you
04/14/2016 - 06:09

I see.

Too many choise makes me irresolute.