Vacheron Constantin’s Quai de l’Ile collection offers contemporary design and a unique opportunity for owners to create their own distinctive example via a series of personalization options. For 2011, a new Retrograde Annual Calendar joins the collection, powered by the new Vacheron Constantin Calibre 2460 QRA automatic movement.
Available in pink or white gold, or both if the customer desires, the 43mm case houses a new movement designed, developed and crafted by Vacheron Constantin, and bearing the Hallmark of Geneva. The 326-part Calibre 2460 QRA drives the hours, minutes and small seconds at 9 o’clock, as well as the annual calendar with retrograde date display, months and a high-precision moon-phase indication requiring correction once every 122 years. Equipped with a stop-seconds device (“hacking seconds”) to ensure precise time-setting, the movement runs at 4 Hz (28,800 vph) with a 40-hour power reserve. The ruthenium-plated 22K gold rotor is mounted on ceramic ball bearings.
The cushion-shaped case is offered in a new 43mm size with a screw-down back with sapphire crystal. The latest addition to the collection also offers new dial versions with satin-brushed/vertical finishing in the central zone and opaline finishing in the outer zone, as well as for the month and date indications. The dial incorporates the latest “security printing” technology: the sun motif, inspired by the clock tower of the Tour de l’Ile (next to the historic headquarters of Vacheron Constantin), is placed inside a disc printed in invisible ink and appears between 4 and 5 o’clock only under ultraviolet light.
Available in three versions in the standard collection (pink gold, white gold or two-tone pink and white gold), the Quai de l’Ile Retrograde Annual Calendar offers a wide range of personalization options. Indeed Vacheron Constantin can offer clients 700 potential variations within the complete Quai de l’Ile collection.
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Movement: 2460 QRA, developed and crafted by Vacheron Constantin stamped with the Hallmark of Geneva
Energy: Mechanical, self-winding
Movement diameter: 26.20 mm
Movement thickness: 5.40 mm
Jewels: 27 jewels
Frequency: 4Hz (28’800 vibrations/hour)
Indications: Hours, minutes and small seconds at 9 o’clock
Annual calendar (date, month), date with retrograde hand
Precision moon phase
Power reserve: More than 40 hours
Case: 18K 5N pink gold or 18K white gold
43 mm x 54 mm
Transparent, sapphire crystal, screwed-down
Water-resistance: 3 BAR, equivalent to 30 meters
Dial: Soft vertical satin-finishing in the central zone,
Opaline external ring and day and date indication zones
UV ink sun
Chamfered hour-markers and counters
Moon phase disk in matt ebony opaline metal and circular satin-finished moon figure
Strap: Each model is delivered with two straps:
Black or brown hand-stitched, saddle-finished square-shape scales alligator Mississippiensis leather
Black or brown natural rubber
Clasp: 18K 5N pink or 18K white gold triple-blade folding clasp