Pricing of Quai de l'Ile...

Is the pricing of the new Quai de l'Ile range between USD 12,000 and 60,000? Does this sound correct? 
Thank you!

Mike Sprang

The spread might be a bit narrower than...
12/09/2008 - 05:37
what you have stated and I think the low end of the price range is a bit higher than US$12K.  I will defer to Alex to provide the official pricing in USD/Euros/SFr or other currencies. Given that there have been wild swings in currency rates, some adjustments would not be unexpected.... Cheers, Duncan
I have the price in Swiss francs...
12/09/2008 - 11:00
The auto in titanium starts at CHF 35,100 and the palladium Day/Date with power reserve is 52,300 add 20% for a personalized version.
Re: I have the price in Swiss francs...
12/09/2008 - 18:23

So, CHF 35,100 is the least expensive variation of the QDI? Thanks for your responses!

Mike

considering that these are the Swiss prices which include Swiss VAT (n
12/09/2008 - 18:34
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Considering it's a time and date only and titanium case...
12/09/2008 - 18:59
why is the pricing so high? Is it because of the security writing?  Thank You, Mike
Hi Mike, perhaps allow me to share some of my thoughts...
12/10/2008 - 00:37
When I first saw the Quai de l'Ile timepieces, I liked it on many levels.  However, my initial reaction on the pricing was also that it seemed a bit on the high side. While I may never consider the pricing low, I am now much more comfortable with the current levels.  The level of innovation is substantial and the degree of finishing is immediately evident and consistent with the traditions of VC.  As you learn more about the watches and experience them in the metal, you gain a greater appreciation for the details.  No doubt, the security features are a factor in the pricing but I think it is not the only one.  You are not just getting a mass-produced watch with some new gimmicks incorporated into it, but a finely crafted timepiece that bears the Geneva Seal and has a beautifully finished in-house caliber.  This is a serious watch and not a heavily produced sports watch.  I think that once you have the opportunity to really examine the watch in your hands, then your appreciation for it will grow and your feelings that it might be priced too high will diminish. I hope you can see it soon and look forward to hearing your thoughts afterwards. Cheers, Duncan
Thanks for your insightful thoughts Duncan...
12/10/2008 - 02:23

Duncan, I completely agree with you that the QDI, like basically every VC timepiece, is of immense quality and craftsmanship. I guess I was a little surprised to see the price, considering an 18k gold Malte Chronograph is not much higher priced.

Thanks,

Mike

My pleasure Mike...
12/10/2008 - 02:58
It might be worth noting that across the QDI models, there is not a big variance between the pricing of thesame models in different metals.  I do not recall the exact difference in prices but they were below what I expected. I can see at least 2 possible explanations and neither is mutually exclusive of the other.  First, VC places the value of the watches in the movement, the finishing and other components besides the base case metal.  Secondly, while gold is more expensive than titanium, it is also much easier to work with.  So, while by weight, gold is more valuable, if you factor in the real costs for creating the costs, then the difference is greatly reduced. A last thought is possibly applicable if you are referring to the round Malte chronograph.  The pricing that you are referring to is most likely a little dated as the model is being phased out.  However, the QDI pricing is brand new and that might help to explain the smaller than expected difference. Hope that these comments add a little perspective to your views on QDI. Cheers, Duncan
Thanks again Duncan...
12/10/2008 - 07:34
I am looking forward to seeing a QDI in person. I am sure they are even more stunning in the flesh than in the great photos posted on this forum. Best,  Mike