Vacheron Constantin Introduces a New Steel Quai de l’Île

May 2, 2016

The Quai de l’Île collection, launched in 2008, welcomes a new stainless steel model, providing a contemporary expression of the proud Fine Watchmaking traditions upheld by the maison Vacheron Constantin. A spirit evidenced in a comfortably sized 41mm-diameter case mingling three iconic shapes from the aesthetic heritage of the manufacture, enhanced by a subtle array of finishes. The Hallmark of Geneva-certified Quai de l’Île stainless steel model is equipped with the new Manufacture self-winding Caliber 5100, displaying the hours, minutes, seconds and date on a silver-toned or black dial punctuated by luminescent indications ensuring optimal legibility.

An Urban Location Brimming with History

With its contemporary design, its distinctive character and its excellence attested by the prestigious Hallmark of Geneva, the Quai de líŒle collection embodies an avant-garde aesthetic vision of watchmaking traditions. The name refers to the historical site of Vacheron Constantin. A symbol of Genevaís watchmaking excellence and home to the famous 19th century master cabinotiers, this center of outstanding craftsmanship spread the fame of the manufacture far and wide. Located at the heart of Geneva, this crossing place between the left and right banks of the Rhone has been transformed into a bustling urban hub. Imbued with this same spirit of innovation pervaded by history, the Quai de l’Île collection vividly reflects the art with which Vacheron Constantin reinterprets a technical and aesthetic legacy enriched by 260 years of uninterrupted history.

Structured Stainless Steel Case

This stainless steel exterior houses a state-of-the-art mechanical self-winding movement comprising 172 components. Caliber 5100, entirely designed, developed and crafted by Vacheron Constantin, drives the hours, minutes, central seconds and date functions. Steadily beating at a rate of 28,800 vibrations per hour and designed for an active lifestyle, this movement features excellent resistance to impacts as well as a comfortable over 60-hour power reserve guaranteed by its twin barrels. The oscillating weight is made of tungsten, a material rarely used in watchmaking and which ensures improved inertia of the rotor along with optimal winding performance due to its hardness and its weight.

In-house Movement for an Active Lifestyle

This stainless steel exterior houses a state-of-the-art mechanical self-winding movement comprising 172 components. Caliber 5100, entirely designed, developed and crafted by Vacheron Constantin, drives the hours, minutes, central seconds and date functions. Steadily beating at a rate of 28,800 vibrations per hour and designed for an active lifestyle, this movement features excellent resistance to impacts as well as a comfortable over 60-hour power reserve guaranteed by its twin barrels. The oscillating weight is made of tungsten, a material rarely used in watchmaking and which ensures improved inertia of the rotor along with optimal winding performance due to its hardness and its weight.

Visible through the sapphire crystal caseback, it is distinguished by its modern Quai de l’Île decor adorned with five raised decorative fillets. The particularly meticulous finishing of Caliber 5100 ñ chamfering, polishing, circular graining, Cùtes de Genëve meets the demanding Hallmark of Geneva standards. Designed to achieve the best possible results in terms of both reliability and aesthetics, these hand-crafted finishes entail an up to 40% longer production time compared with a non-certified movement.

A Multi-Level Dial

The dial of the new stainless steel Quai de l’Île model is distinguished by a multi-level construction interpreted in two versions silver-toned or black with an opaline finish. Composed of three distinct parts, this display with its innovative depth effects ensures remarkable legibility thanks to its hour-markers and Arabic numerals entirely made of white luminescent material.

Another distinctive feature is the replacement of the traditional aperture-type date by a two-level date indication. The dial construction includes a transparent mineral glass disc on which the dates of the month are inked. Beneath this glass, the date disc of Caliber 5100 appears and displays an indicator that points towards the correct date.

This new stainless steel Quai de l’Île model, water-resistant to 30 meters, is delivered with two straps ñ one in brown alligator leather and the other in black rubber ñ with a steel folding clasp.

Quai de l’Île

Technical Specifications

References

4500S/000A-B195 – silver-toned dial

4500S/000A-B196 – black dial

Hallmark of Geneva certified timepieces

Caliber

5100/1

Developed and manufactured by Vacheron Constantin

Mechanical, self-winding

30.60 mm (13î º) diameter, 4.70 mm thick

Approximately 60 hours of power reserve

4 Hz (28’800 vibrations/hour)

172 components

37 jewels

Indications

Hours and minutes

Central seconds

Date

Case

Stainless steel

41 mm diameter, 11.75 mm thick

Transparent sapphire crystal caseback

Water-resistance tested at a pressure of 3 bar (approx. 30 meters)

Dial

Silver-toned/black opaline

Mineral glass disc with date indication

Arabic numerals and indexes crafted in white luminescent material

18K gold hour & minute hands and date highlighted with white luminescent material

Strap

Brown Mississippiensis alligator leather, black alsavel lining, hand-stitched, large square scales

Delivered with a second strap in black rubber

Clasp

Stainless steel triple-blade folding clasp with push-pieces

Polished half Maltese cross-shaped