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The new Quai de l’Ile line from Vacheron Constantin introduces a unique dimension to the world of haute horlogerie. Vacheron is the watchmaker showcased at the recently-concluded Baselworld – the world’s biggest luxury watch and jewellery show.

Personalised to meet the client’s wishes, this watch combines the most advanced technologies with the finest horological knowhow.

Innovative, original, contemporary and sophisticated, the Quai de l’Ile line meets the demands of tomorrow’s haute horlogerie – personalisation, security, service, excellent workmanship and savoir-faire.

Vacheron Constantin CEO, Juan-Carlos, told Emirates Business: “Creativity, user comfort and a contemporary character were the key ideas behind the creation of this new watch.”

With its new Quai de l’Ile line – named after the brand’s historic Geneva address – Vacheron Constantin reveals its pioneering character while drawing on over two-and-a-half centuries of experience.

The case is revolutionary, the dial incorporates a whole range of security-printing technologies, the two self-winding mechanical movements – stamped with the Geneva Hallmark – have been designed and developed at Vacheron Constantin, and the product’s accessories – box, passport, USB key and multimedia elements – break new ground in the world of watchmaking.

Giving the details Juan-Carlos said: “The case is cushion-shaped in the spirit of several historical models and its modernity is underscored by its dynamic character, fluid lines and original shapes, all of which give it a subtle balance.

“Personalisation is the ultimate expression of luxury. Vacheron Constantin has developed a concept of personalisation that is totally new in haute horlogerie, a world first in fact. Thanks to the Quai de l’Ile case and its remarkable seven-piece middle, the customer can choose from three metals, two dials and two different finishes on the movements to realise the watch of his dreams. While the cushion-shaped case allows for an infinite number of combinations, Vacheron Constantin is offering almost 400 for this year’s launch.

“The other unique feature is its transparency with a new concept of dials. There is a fascinating interplay of transparencies, which reveals the very heart of this luxury watch so the wearer can admire the beauty of the movement’s design and finishing.

“The dial incorporates a whole range of security-printing technologies using sapphire crystal, security transparent film, galvanic growth of nickel, metallisation, offset printing and UV marking.”

The product environment is an important entry point to the world of Vacheron Constantin.

This watch comes with a new concept of box presenting the watch like in a showcase, a pouch with accessories for safe transporting when travelling, a passport which is a single document issued individually for each watch manufactured by the brand containing a guarantee card, an identity card, the certificate of authenticity, the service card and the Hallmark of Geneva certification.

“It has a USB key which is an interactive tool available in 11 languages with all data and instructions,” Juan-Carlos said.

The new Quai de l’Ile line is available in two movements. The Quai de l’Ile Date Self-winding and the Quai de l’Ile Day-Date and Power-Reserve Self-winding. Both movements are stamped with the prestigious Geneva Hallmark. Designed, developed and manufactured by Vacheron Constantin, these state-of-the-art movements are coated with rhodium or ruthenium and are visible through the dial.

As well as indicating the hours, minutes and central seconds, the 2460QH calibre displays the date by means of a disc, while the 2475SC/1 calibre displays the date, day of the week and power reserve with hands.

The Vacheron Constantin CEO said: “The six models from the standard collection will be available in the Middle East from November starting from €19,000 (Dh108,974) (Titanium version) to €33,000 for the Pink gold version.

“The price depends on the choice of the movement. Two are proposed fully manufactured by Vacheron Constantin and stamped with the prestigious Hallmark of Geneva – Quai de l’Ile Day-Date and Power-reserve self-winding or the Quai de l’Ile Date Self-winding.

“We charge 20 per cent for personalisation,” said Juan-Carlos.