Conceived as an entry-level product, the new Vacheron Constantin Quai de l’Île replica watch in stainless steel succeeds by being Vacheron Constantin‘s most affordable wristwatch.
To start with the 41mm case is stainless steel (the cheapest option before was titanium or palladium) and cleanly, but simply, executed. The lugs, which are separate pieces secured with screws inside the case, are polished, while the case middle is brushed. That provides contrast and a feel of quality, though the softish edges of the lugs lack sharpness and precision.
While the premise of the steel Vacheron Constantin Quai de l’Île fake watch was complex, multi-part construction for the case and dial (plus extravagant packaging), the steel Quai de l’Île is divested of all the superfluous bits to lower the price. Some compromises had to be made to get there, but the result is appealingly priced.
It has the look of the far more expensive and fancier Quai de l’Île of 2008, but only just.
While affordably priced relative to everything else that Vacheron Constantin watch replica offers, the speed and ferocity of the competition moving downmarketmeans this has stiff competition.