The unique tantalum/palladium Quai de l'Ile for Only Watch

On September 24 in Monao Patrizzi & Co will be holding the 3rd Only Watch auction, the proceeds of which will serve research for the Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.

The game for participating manufactures is to offer for sale one off pieces, prototypes or n°1 of limited production pieces.

For the 2009 edition Vacheron Cosntantin will be offering a viciously aggressive and bold unique Quai de l’Ile prototype in tantalum (for case and bezel) and palladium (for the flanks) offering a very visual post industrial contrast.

According to Vincent Kauffmann head of design at Vacheron Constantin the choice of the Quai de l’Ile was an obvious one “the Quai de l’Ile is an experimental laboratory for us and here we experimented not only with a new metal never used by Vacheron (tantalum) but also with graphic elements. Tantalum is a great metal due to its anthracite-blue hue and we may see it in the future…”

The dial is also different than the regular production Quai de l’Ile models, its centre represents the logo of the Only Watch auction, the sapphire here has been engraved and filled with red ink. Furthermore the dial consists in reality of 2 sapphire crystals, each of the 4 sides treated differently (side 1: time telling indications, side 2: security printing, side 3: graphic elements, side 4: transparency treatment) giving the dial more depth but also a higher legibility.

This watch is just fascinating and VC have gone one step further in giving the QDI even more personnality and I truly hope that this unique piece is a hint of the direction this model is taking.

The unique tantalum/palladium Quai de l'Ile for Only Watch


The unique tantalum/palladium Quai de l'Ile for Only Watch

The unique tantalum/palladium Quai de l'Ile for Only Watch


The Only Watch logo having inspired the dial
The unique tantalum/palladium Quai de l'Ile for Only Watch

the reworked logo for the dial
The unique tantalum/palladium Quai de l'Ile for Only Watch

The unique tantalum/palladium Quai de l'Ile for Only Watch

The unique tantalum/palladium Quai de l'Ile for Only Watch

The unique tantalum/palladium Quai de l'Ile for Only Watch

The unique tantalum/palladium Quai de l'Ile for Only Watch

The unique tantalum/palladium Quai de l'Ile for Only Watch

The unique tantalum/palladium Quai de l'Ile for Only Watch

automatic inhouse cal 2460
The unique tantalum/palladium Quai de l'Ile for Only Watch

The unique tantalum/palladium Quai de l'Ile for Only Watch

The unique tantalum/palladium Quai de l'Ile for Only Watch

The unique tantalum/palladium Quai de l'Ile for Only Watch

The unique tantalum/palladium Quai de l'Ile for Only Watch

The unique tantalum/palladium Quai de l'Ile for Only Watch

The unique tantalum/palladium Quai de l'Ile for Only Watch


Technical specifications 

Vacheron Constantin Quai de l’Ile Only Watch 09
Date self-winding reference 86050/000M9560

CASE Material Tantalum, Palladium 950
Diameter and height 41.00 x 50.50 mm,12.90 mm
Strap width 23.00 mm
Shape and construction Cambered rectangle, modular construction
Back Transparent, sapphire crystal, screwed-down
Finishing satin-finished
Crystal Sapphire with anti-reflective coating on under side, convex
Strap fastening Pivot screws; titanium tube spin-bar
Water resistance 3 Atm, equivalent to a depth of 30 meters

DIAL AND HANDS
Dial material Sapphire crystal
Finishing ° Sapphire crystal: galvanic growth of nickel, metallization, laser engraving and inking
Hours 3,6,9 and 12: galvanic growth of nickel, rhodium layer
1,2,4,5,7,8,10 et 11: engraving and black or white engraving
Material and kind
of hands Hours and minutes: satin-finished 18K white gold with white luminescent material
Seconds satin-finished pfinodal

MOVEMENT Reference 2460H410QH, Geneva Hallmark
Rhodiumized -coloured snail-shaped exterior ring
Energy Mechanical, self-winding
Diameter and height 25.60 mm , 5.70 mm
Number of jewels 27
Frequency 28'800 vibrations / hour (4Hz)
Power reserve Approximately 43 hours
Indications hours, minutes and central seconds
Additional functions date disc with optimal readability


OTHER ELEMENTS Strap Black hand-stitched, saddle-finish, square-scaled, high-shiny alligator leather
2nd strap Black vulcarbonised rubber
Clasp palladium triple-blade, folding clasp, polished half Maltese cross.

examples of designs which were finally not used
06/24/2009 - 17:44
I like tantalum and palladium
06/25/2009 - 01:47

Both are rarely used and expensive. I particularly like tantalum because of its unique colour (between grey and black) and weight - heavier than gold.  Regards Ling

Really cool design changes and I think V&C should consider the
06/25/2009 - 04:27
runners up too some time in the future. This is also a grand gesture to a great cause, BRAVO to all involved. Best, Tim
Re: examples of designs which were finally not used
06/25/2009 - 12:21
Very nice!  The final watch looks very good, but I prefer the first design on this post, where the link with the only watch auction is only done through color. Congrats! I am sure the watch will sell for a nice premium...
The 'logo' is magnificent! :-) nt
06/25/2009 - 15:32
V&C
The unique piece is magnificent...
06/25/2009 - 17:17
but to tell the truth I like them all Anyone up for a bid on this cool QdI, guys? Cheers from sunny Spain! Radek
amazing possibilities of personalisation! nt.
06/26/2009 - 10:59
nt.
The date function is different than the original QDI???
06/30/2009 - 01:12

At least the date function of The Hour Lounge masthead QDI always shows the date @ 3 o'clock, meaning the date dial is rotating each day.  On the "Only Watch" when one looks at the promotional scans and Alex's photos, it appears a fan or other mechanism is rotating beneath a static ring of dates to highlight the current date.  Interesting.

  Nicholas

Hi Nicholas, I believe THL masthead is incorrect,
06/30/2009 - 04:02
as I've noticed in other pictures that the dates are static and the white highlighted section/disk is the one that is actually rotating.  BR, Dan
Dan is right! (nt)
06/30/2009 - 11:32
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