Quai de l'Ile Reference in steel

Afternoon or evening as it may be to everyone,

Hope you're all having a terrific day. I was poking around Timezone and just came across a post about the new Quai de l'Ile Reference in steel. This makes me quite happy to know an option exisits outside of the precious metals - I really like the larger movement and longer power reserve.

Forgive me being indelicate but can someone tell me the suggested retail price for this? I've done some quick looking around and short of calling a boutique I can't find any information on this.

Also, has anyone heard whether or not VC has any plans to make a time-only version of the Harmony line, perhaps in steel as well?

Thank you in advance for your consideration, I'm looking forward to speaking with someone soon. Take good care.


The best would be to
03/29/2016 - 23:08

call the VC concierge service in your area (details on VC website) as prices may change depending on local taxes.

As for the Harmony, there will not be a time only model as the collection is destined to house only medium and high complications, furthermore none in steel are planned

Re: The best would be to
03/30/2016 - 04:02

Thanks Alex, I appreciate the thoughts on the Harmony - I love the case, just wishlist for a time-only piece. In the end I called the NY boutique and was able to get the price of the steel version - a reasonable number I think, particularly given the new movement. Have a good night.


Re: The best would be to
03/31/2016 - 05:57

I see. Harmony line will have only complications.

It's very useful information for my purchase plan.



This QDL in Steel, especially the Black version is so incredibly cool. Maybe
03/30/2016 - 06:05

this is what the QDL should have been all along. I cannot wait to see this new QDL, but if given a choice between this and the new OS with the same calibre, I would probably choose the OS. The Blue dial of the OS with its gold rotor is an amazing combination for me. I love simple watches (an area where VC excels) and this is for me awesome.

Harmony time-only in Steel with Breguet numerals would be a gorgeous watch. Maybe you can always contact the bespoke department. smiley But Harmony time only, even in steel, should have calibre 2450, and not 5100. Calibre 5100 should not be seen as a cheaper automatic movemet by VC. I am sure it has difference and created for a set line of VC's, namely OS and QDL. 2450 more appropriate for dress watches.

It seems VC is on a roll with is ability to come up with complications, and I am sure some great mid to high complications will find their way in the Harmony case. Today, even mid-complication VC's are incredibly expensive, but it would be nice to see what VC can do with the Harmony. I never really liked the Harmony Dual Time (the women's version looks much nicer) and the Tourbillon Chronograph.

Confession time: I'm one of those that did not like the dial of the original QDI
03/30/2016 - 06:46

But after the first solid dials came out,  I changed my mind and really started liking the transparent dials much more.  I guess I'm just slow and appreciate things after they're gone?  

I especially like the dark grey/black transparent dials.  With the white date block...it is quite legible.   This leads me to a question I've been thinking about for a long time:

Which watch do Loungers think best represents VC during this decade, 2010-2020: the original QDI or the Cornes de Vache 1955?  (i.e. The new bold collection or Historiqes?)

BR, Dan 

Dan, I think the original QDL suffered from poor timing. I think it was way
03/30/2016 - 07:30

ahead of its time in design and concept and 2008 was not a great year for launching something like this. I think I always liked the original transparent dials more than the solid dials. 

But I really like the new steel QDL for a different set of reasons. Because it is a) cool and badass (the black one), b) well priced and therefore easily within reach of those who might otherwise buy AP Hublot etc. A way for VC to get into a younger generation of clients who might otherwise pass up VC. c) And just a very complimentary watch for just about any collection. Would love to have it, but would choose the new Blue OS over it.

To answer your question: I would say CDV. It may be an Historiques, but has an aesthetic that is so fresh and relevant even today as it must have been in 1955.

I think QDL stopped having such an important place in VC collection a few years ago. I think Patrimony, Traditionelle, OS, and Historiques gained more prominence. 

Re: Dan, I think the original QDL suffered from poor timing. I think it was way
03/30/2016 - 19:34

kk and Dan,

Thanks much for your thoughts, I too quite like the look of the previous QDLs with the transparent dial - the new versions are also quite lovely and priced rather reasonably. Do either of you know when VC stopped letting customers customise the case of the older QDL? You used to be able to go to the VC website and choose the bezel, side-case, and caseback materials to make your own unique timepiece.

This feature seems to be gone these days. Is VC perhaps pushing its bespoke services more by making a customer ask for specific changes?

Also, do either of you have any particulars on the accuracy of the cal. 5100? And does it use silicone in any of the parts?

Thanks much, looking forward to your answers.


Re: Quai de l'Ile Reference in steel
03/30/2016 - 19:46


Does vacheron constantin v9303.27 exist?

I got it from my grandfather, and the watch had small diamond around the watch.


Im looking forward to hear from you.