Opinions on Vacheron Quai de l'ile please

Jul 02, 2019,01:23 AM


my name is Hendrik and I have been a long time lurker on this platform as I have come to appreciate the knowledge and expertise of its members over the years.

My modest collection comprises APs (RO 5402 and a PC), JLC Reverso, Omega Speedy, Omega Seamaster cal. 321, Blancpain Bathy and some others. Currently I’m looking for a VC Quai de l’ile in steel. However, this watch doesn’t seem to get much love here on the forum. Are there any owners here who could share their experience with this watch, like how does the size wear when worn as a daily companion? How does it sit on the wrist? Actual versatility? Reliability? Accuracy? Overall quality?

I think this watch represents much better value than the Fiftysix automatic date and is a much underrated, but very interesting entry level product. Now, I’m curious to learn what you purists think after the watch has been on the market for some time. Thanks in advance for your contributions.



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I agree with you on the retail price, but not so much...

 By: 74hk : July 2nd, 2019-02:41
... if you consider buying a discounted piece. Sure, this is not a watch for everyone, but I am tempted by the fact that the design is a fresh interpretation of a sector dial layout combined with an unusual case shape. The only downside I see is its size ... 

That's in deed a good question

 By: anon438 : July 2nd, 2019-03:14
Did you read that useful review? www.watchprosite.com I don't think it's possible to compare those two refs Fiftysix a Quai de l'Ile, it's a matter of personal taste. The Quai seems to address a modern tech oriented style whilst the Fiftysix with ... 

Thank you for providing the link to the other thread.

 By: 74hk : July 2nd, 2019-06:01
I agree that the Fiftysix is adifferent watch. However, they are both from the same manufacturer. I still don't get why Vacheron decided to use an ebauche from the Richemont tool box for the Fiftysix rather than taking the in-house movement and applying a... 

The VC history is ebauche for decades, not in-house

 By: anon438 : July 2nd, 2019-06:23
And you can say that about AP and PP also. A core brand value of VC is refinement. It's not true that using an ebauche devalorize in any regard. It's the final treatment, the refinement, assembly and fine ajustment which is regarded most value.

Not to mention

 By: Jurry : October 10th, 2019-11:08
Not to mention the improvements, modification or if applicable add on complications, they (and other brands for that matter) often apply to the “standard” base movement. A while ago I read an article on SJX watches () featuring an interesting debate on in... 

It's a great design.

 By: Poktori : July 2nd, 2019-03:56
There's been much criticism of this watch, but I think it's unfounded. It is a very good design, though the rotor should have either been decorated differently, or opened a little to allow a clearer view of the movement.

Hello Hendrik,

 By: ZSHSZ : July 2nd, 2019-07:22
I can only tell you my one day experience with the QDL , since when it was launched ( myself being a big fan of the brand at the time ), was invited by VC to the Monticello Motor Club for a day of fun , and on my wrist I had the exact model you showed . M...  

Thank you, ZSHSZ! Your experience and comment is much appreciated. Ligibility of the date is in fact weak.

 By: 74hk : July 2nd, 2019-07:40
Actually, I would love to try the watch on and see if it meets my expectations. But the region where I live happens to be far away from an AD:-(

When in doubt

 By: Jurry : July 2nd, 2019-09:38
When in doubt keep the money in your pocket When it makes your heart beat bit faster, then go for it. The watch didn’t get a lot of attention but that could be due to million reasons that are not attributable to the watch itself. It could be due to an ove... 

Thank you, Jurry and all the others. Your input was very helpful!

 By: 74hk : July 2nd, 2019-13:39
I will wait until I have the chance to try it on in person. Best, Hendrik

I relly like this watch.

 By: TJMike : July 2nd, 2019-23:07
It is underrated and if my wrist size was somewhat bigger I would own it. Please be aware that that QDL line is now discontinued (no mention of the entire line in the latest catalogue). Thus, if you want to buy one new do not hesitate for too long.

An excellent choice

 By: respo : July 3rd, 2019-08:27
Especially, as i think the Quai de l'Ile line is officially discontinued. I actually think the steel QdIs were priced very well compared to other VCs and other brands in the same ;price range and lower. By that I mean, I think the steel reference was a ve... 

I've been wearing one

 By: batholith : July 3rd, 2019-21:46
for the last couple of years. I like the fact that it is up to light splashing in a pool, good enough for general wear and has a reasonably nicely finished case. I find the case finishing, the lugs, the design to be more interesting in general than the fi...  

My pleasure, friend.

 By: batholith : July 4th, 2019-03:37
The legibility is just fine, but then I wear watches with no markings at all on the dial as well. The date numbers are no issue at all. Accuracy seems reasonable. That said, I change watches fairly frequently. Accuracy, I would say is certainly acceptable... 

I liked the idea; but it was too big for my wrist...

 By: patrick_y : July 4th, 2019-14:37
It has a very industrial design. Very sporty in a way. I wanted one with the original sapphire dials that came with the special screen printing. Basically the dials the watch was launched with. They're cool. But the watch is a little big for my wrist. The... 

Loved it....sold it.

 By: mjo421 : September 10th, 2019-22:55
And to this day, I don't know why. I think it looks better in the case than on my wrist. A beautiful watch, but it just doesn't seem to work for many. Very reasonable in the secondary market.

i not own the watch

 By: Weems@8 : October 9th, 2019-14:49
But i have an opinion about the model Quai de l’ile. On chono24 i had saved two of them. Why? It looks good. What keeps me away is it’s retail price and rare appearance. For the retail price there are stronger watches. So, if Vacheron Constantin drop the ... 

If you really like it, then VC made the watch with you in mind...

 By: LS : October 14th, 2019-05:37
One thing I find that links VC watches is just how different they all are. The case shapes and dial layouts often share the common feature of looking like nothing else from the brand. The brand currently markets under the slogan of "One of not many." And ... 

Interesting opinion.

 By: MTR : October 14th, 2019-13:03
Excellent. Best, Thomas

Very true!

 By: mrds : November 11th, 2019-05:15
If you look at VC's historic books, you'll find they made litterally everything imaginable. Twice. Case shapes, complications, hands, braclets, dial fonts... you name it. There is perhaps no real VS design DNA except that they can do retro-inspired design... 

I agree with many others

 By: quattro98 : November 13th, 2019-10:16
VC is a deliberate choice. In a world where many people want the same few pieces, VC offers a wide variety of options with outstanding design and quality. The QdL is a unique design that is well suited for normal life. The current production steel pieces ... 

Change in water resistance is very interesting!

 By: 74hk : November 14th, 2019-03:49
Thanks for pointing to the updated water resistance. At the time when I first posted my question here the water resistance was 3 bar which held me back from getting one as I want a versatile watch. Now I only need to find a dealer where I can try it on to...