Le Creuset Heritage Vintage style @ Williams Sonoma?
After visiting Williams Sonoma, I noticed that WS now has these Heritage Le Creuset's modeled after a vintage design.
Many of these are on sale, but are they of the same quality of most of the Le Creuset Dutch Ovens? I would like to start collecting pieces but am still learning -- is this is just a special limited edition? And does it cook the same?
Le Creuset Heritage Oval
My Le Creuset Oval Christmas Present! a 5 Qt Le Creuset Oval :
These Heritage pieces are excellent and every bit the quality of their standard lines. The designs are reproductions of the enameled cast-iron that used to be manufactured in Belgium under the Descoware name. I prefer these to the modern designs because I like their stylish profiles and the handles that are integral to the lids rather than screwed on. Some, however ,do not like these handles because they are a bit difficult to manage with oven mitts, and they do get scorchingly hot. Nonetheless, the quality is premium.
I saw the Heritage line at W-S too, and thought it was quite attractive. The quality appeared to be the same as the quality of LC's regular line. The style is a slight update of a standard European design from the 1950's/60's; I have a few vintage enameled cast iron casseroles from that era with the same ribbed handles and a similar domed lid. If the size and shape work for you, it looks like a good deal.
I'm not an expert on this but i know ws likes to have exclusive pieces. my guess is that these are just that. i would guess they are updates of old styles (from their description) , from the looks i think it may be iron/enamel versions of previous ceramic lines. lc may be willing to do exclusives, but not of their mainstay, bread and butter (popular sellers). i would stick with regular imho.