speaking of the Quai de l'Ile: some more in the flesh scans

speaking of the Quai de l'Ile: some more in the flesh scans
RG day/date with light dial (rhodium plated movement)

speaking of the Quai de l'Ile: some more in the flesh scans

speaking of the Quai de l'Ile: some more in the flesh scans
day/date in titanium with dark dial (ruthenium plated movement)

speaking of the Quai de l'Ile: some more in the flesh scans

speaking of the Quai de l'Ile: some more in the flesh scans
automatic with date, titanium with dark dial (ruthenium plated movement)


speaking of the Quai de l'Ile: some more in the flesh scans


speaking of the Quai de l'Ile: some more in the flesh scans

speaking of the Quai de l'Ile: some more in the flesh scans
palladium case and bezzel, titanium flanks, dark dial and rhodium plated movement

speaking of the Quai de l'Ile: some more in the flesh scans

speaking of the Quai de l'Ile: some more in the flesh scans
titanium case and flanks, RG bezzel

speaking of the Quai de l'Ile: some more in the flesh scans

speaking of the Quai de l'Ile: some more in the flesh scans

speaking of the Quai de l'Ile: some more in the flesh scans

09/20/2008 - 19:39
09/21/2008 - 17:07
09/21/2008 - 23:41
Luv the rubber strap!
09/20/2008 - 19:39
nt
Thanks for the pictures, Alex. You just made it up to me for...
09/20/2008 - 20:50
the other 'bad news' post
And the anticipation continues to grow... Thanks Alex. (nt)
09/20/2008 - 22:12
VC
Thanks, Alex. I think what really needs some attention...
09/21/2008 - 04:00
I think it is obvious that the strap design could use some more work.  Without overdoing it, I think VC could try to put in just a little more detail on the otherwise bland strap design.  Maybe integrate a Maltese Cross design (like the one suggested for an Overseas rubber strap several year ago..during ThePuristS days?). I suppose VC wanted to differentiate the QdI from the Overseas by not making it too sporty.  However, if a younger, more active audience is part of the targetted market, I think a suitably designed bracelet could widen the model's appeal.  I think a titanium-based QdI on titanium bracelet would look good (given a suitable bracelet design). I think Radek (or is it Fred's) suggestion for the Bi-retro QdI is also a nice design.  I am just not sure if it would be a good idea to make the QdI an outlet for "rehashing" existing items, as what has already been done with the day-date with rdm model (As a Jubilee owner, I was hoping the movement of the Anniversary model was kept more exclusive, but I guess VC wanted to recover on its investment through economies of scale).  In other words, it would be nice to see "fresh" designs on the QdI. Just my 2 yen's worth. Enjoy the rest of the weekend guys! Kazumi
Kazumi my friend you may not be often online but you sure are on the
09/21/2008 - 11:45
spot The QDI will not rehash existing designs but new ones will be developed for it or we will see specific implementations. As for the bracelet I think it is in the pipeline...
I agree with you Kazumi
09/21/2008 - 17:07
while comfortable, the rubber strap is a little bit too bland IMO... I prefer the look of the watch with the leather strap. It's nice to be able to switch to rubber if one wants to take a swim with the QdI, but somehow this is not a watch I would feel comfortable taking a dip with. Although I'm not a fan of bracelet, it would be a good thing for the customizable QdI to offer the choice of one.
Re: Thanks, Alex. I think what really needs some attention...
09/21/2008 - 18:03
Hi Kazumi, I think you're right about  the rubber strap. If other companies like Chopard can do it, ther's no reason VC can't. That's one of the things that has always bugged me about the GP Seahawk line. I have one with a bracelet but never put on a rubber strap for that very reason you mentioned. The Chopard Pro One on the other hand has a very nice patterned strap based on the guilloche pattern of the dial. The same is true of Ulysse Nardin Marine series with some really interesting rubber straps as well as bracelets. Now I realize that the QDI is not a dive watch (I don't think VC has one) but if you are going to offer a rubber strap then, to me, it means "sporty". And a bracelet should be available too. It would be hard to do better than the Overseas bracelet which is my personal favourite but I'm sure VC can do it. Here's a thought... UN has 2 designs for their rubber straps: one is similar to the Chopard design in that it has a pattern, the other is unpatterned but has a metal (ie gold) piece near the lugs on both sides. (You can see it on their website) Now what about a similar design for a VC strap with the metal pieces in the shape of a half Maltese Cross such as one sees on the link design of the Overseas model (the best of both worlds, n,est-ce pas?). Just a thought... Joseph
Interesting to read the comments on the rubber strap...
09/22/2008 - 01:20
for the Quai de l'Ile.  Just had the pleasure of meeting a fellow Hour Lounger this weekend and we were sharing our preferences for rubber straps.  A few thoughts regarding the Quai de l'Ile straps...  IIRC, the Quai de l'Ile watches come with both a leather and a rubber strap, so we will have ready to weat options that are a bit more active (rubber) and a bit more dressy (leather).  While the rubber does seem to be a little plain and simple, I think it is worth remembering that the watch itself has so many features and facets in itself and I can speculate that VC would not want to distract too much from these aspects.  If one has a masterpiece of a painting, then it would probably detract from one's appreciation of the work of art to have an overly elaborate frame holding it.  With VC being relatively new to the rubber strap, as it was only recently launched with the Overseas USA Limited Edition, I think that they are going to be quite keen to hear feedback on their offerings in this area and I believe that we will see evolution in their straps, just as we see in their timepieces. Anyway, just my two cents worth and I am not letting the straps diminish my enthusiastic desire to get the watch. Cheers, Duncan
Why not have 2 or 3 strap designs to choose from too?
09/22/2008 - 02:25
One possibility is to offer 2 or 3 strap designs as well.  Although this would mean having a bit more inventory to deal with, I think it would go well with the overall theme of the QdI of having options.  As for a bracelet, I think it doesn't have to be as elaborate as the Overseas.  As a starting point, I was thinking something along the lines of the Panerai bracelet (old or new).  Fairly simple, not too flashy, not too dainty. Cheers, Kazumi
Maybe more strap options will become available in the future...
09/22/2008 - 02:50
but I think it will take some time.  VC does not seem to have much interest in fostering the whole strap culture that permeates other brands like Panerai.  Personally, I support that philosophy although I do find it a bit frustrating at times.  Remember, this is still Year 1 for the Quai de l'Ile....  Maybe, as the product line matures, there might be more options.  While I am not a big bracelet fan, I think that is a very viable option.  Another variation on the bracelet, that I would like to see, is an articulated rubber one.  Combines some of the benefits of both a metal bracelet and a rubber strap... Anyway, places like the Hour Lounge offer all of us the opportunity to express our preferences, desires and opinions for our hobby.  Cheers, Duncan
I agree with you on most points.
09/22/2008 - 07:41
VC definitely doesn't need to (and should not) really go the way of Panerai or RO although I am looking forward to a full development of the QdI line in the years to come. Meanwhile, the articulated rubber option does sound interesting Ciao! Kazumi
Re: Maybe more strap options will become available in the future...
09/22/2008 - 20:51
I'm not sure what you mean by an "articulated rubber strap", but this is what I had in mind. You can see where the half-Maltese cross would go... Joseph
Thanks Joseph. I am familiar with the UN strap and they are...
09/23/2008 - 01:47
well done.  IIRC, I have something similar on my Blue Wave and Blue Max pieces.  The metal pieces do add a bit of panache to the rubber strap.  For VC, my feeling is that they are more likely to rely on a half Maltese Cross as part of the buckle.  This is what they have done for the deployment buckle that comes with the rubber strap for the Overseas US Limited Edition. The articulated rubber strap is basically a steel bracelet with the individual links being coated in rubber.  The bracelet provides the strength of a steel bracelet but has a different feel and look due to the rubber coating.  I find them to be a bit more comfortable than the standard steel ones.  I believe that JLC and Blancpain are two brands that have used them with their watches. Cheers, Duncan
Re: Thanks Joseph. I am familiar with the UN strap and they are...
09/23/2008 - 03:22
Thanks Duncan, for explainig that to me. I had no idea that such a bracelet existed. Its a very interesting concept and obviously geared to provide both function and comfort. Well maybe VC will make some prototypes of various concepts and allow us to get a look and even give opinions Regards, Joseph
We can certainly hope for that Joseph. If possible...
09/23/2008 - 04:01
then Alex will be the man to help us. Cheers, Duncan
Hi Joseph, Duncan and Kazumi..
09/23/2008 - 11:58
I have to say your discussion on rubber straps is very interesting... As an owner of US Overseas I have to tell you VC has done a tremendous job on this model's rubber strap and deployment buckle (I believe I have said this already earlier). The US Overseas rubber strap is as comfortable as it gets. Designwise it offers just a bit more than QdI: it forms a Maltese cross at the joint of metal and rubber so it is a nice modification. Other than that it is very plain and it suits me just fine. I really do not need a flashy rubber strap to weigh down the main attraction - the watch itself...   It is true the QdI rubber strap is a bit hollow and unsophisticated. On the other hand the watch itself is a bomb! Putting it on a flamboyant rubber strap would be just too much, don't you think? I think VC has taken an old and tested strategy in this case: 'less is more' which IMHO is the right path to follow. Please keep in mind the rubber strap is just a replacement strap for the leather one. I understand there is going to be a lot people wearing it as a first choice. It is just a matter of comfort and design. I believe VC has just started their adventure with rubber straps (finally!!!) and I am sure they will develop new designs in due course. My only hope is new rubber straps will be interchangeable with older models' bracelets and leather straps (which is not the case with Overseas line)
Just a quick note that...
09/23/2008 - 12:23
the Quai de l'Ile and US Overseas both use the same buckle with the half Maltese Cross showing on the strap.  Cheers, Duncan
US Oversea strap...
09/23/2008 - 23:25
just a couple of shots... IMHO, the coolest rubber strap on the market...
And IMHO the coolest Overseas too....
09/24/2008 - 02:52
The rubber strap on the Quai de l'Ile is a little different from the Overseas in that it has a bit of sculpting along the edges while the Overseas has a channel down the middle of the strap.  Also, the Quai de l'Ile has grooving on the underside while the Overseas is smooth and flat. Does this mean that I have a rubber fetish? Cheers, Duncan
Rubber fetish
09/24/2008 - 04:35
Only if you wear a rubber suit with the strap!! Joseph
Hahaha... Might be a little warm to wear...
09/24/2008 - 05:57
a rubber suit here in tropical Singapore.  Guess I will stick with the rubber straps, just as I stick with leather straps and not leather suits. Cheers, Duncan
I'm 100% with you Duncan...
09/24/2008 - 14:03
It is the coolest Overseas ever...  BTW, I do have grooves on the underside of my US Overseas rubber strap I guess you can clearly see them in the picture below...
You are absolutely right Radek and I stand corrected...
09/24/2008 - 19:25
about the Overseas strap.  For some reason, I thought it was smooth.  I guess that senility is setting in already... At least we are in agreement about the watch iteself. Cheers, Duncan
Senility, you gotta be kidding me...
09/24/2008 - 22:41
BTW, how does this rate in your book? I guess that is my most desired VC watch ever... I have never seen this exact Prestige de la France model up for sale...
The question is whether my drooling is due to...
09/25/2008 - 02:25
my deteriorating mental condition or perhaps too much watch viewing... Truth be told, that piece is not really my cup of tea as I typically prefer round cases.  Of course, I have been known to like a few exceptions to that general preference. Hope that you are eventually able to track this one down Radek.  Sometimes, patience does pay off...    Cheers, Duncan
LOL ;-))) nt
09/25/2008 - 11:38
Thanks Alex for the eye candy
09/21/2008 - 17:08
I really need to get myself one of those!!!
Thanks for sharing!
09/21/2008 - 23:41
And it doesn't change my mind on this piece, very Intereting by every aspect.
That's just beautiful, say no more : - ) (nt)
09/22/2008 - 20:46
vc
Re: speaking of the Quai de l'Ile: some more in the flesh scans
09/23/2008 - 08:03
Alex, thanks for sharing those photos. Think we all would love to own that unique watch. My preference would be the Rose Gold edition with leather and rubber straps.  Regards, Matt
Thanks Alex for the photos! Eye candies indeed
09/25/2008 - 19:38

Rubber straps could be very uncomfortable to wear in summer,

but it seems to go incredibly well with palladium case and bezzel, titanium flanks, dark dial and rhodium plated movement,love it:)