4N is a luxury watch brand founded by François Quentin in 2009. 4N was born from the desire to create a simple digital display and propose a mechanical alternative to analogue timepieces with moving hands. The name of the brand is derived from the English “4 numbers”, which refers to the four digits on a digital counter which represents the tens of hours, hours, tens of minutes and minutes. Revealing and highlighting time mechanisms in their original state, summed up by the figure 4, the watch displays rhythmic sequences of the passing of time.
4N is clearly positioned on the modern luxury watch market. Resolutely masculine with a touch of high-tech, the model has a simplified display and boasts a highly-effective format thanks to its easy readability. 4N has a modern image with a mechanical touch, and gets back to the basics of watchmaking. The make has steered clear of complex effects and has refrained from adding aesthetic and technical touches which might take away from the visibility of the hour display.
With 4N, the time appears and is displayed in one way only. While the whole assembly reveals a pattern of scattered figures, the time is clearly displayed on a horizontal plane in the centre of the dial, in strong, bold lettering (typographic body 5.5mm, which boldly stands out from the subtle lettering more widely used in watchmaking). The formal vocabulary and character of the lettering used make 4N an exclusive innovation in the watchmaking world.
The logo, designed by Eliote Shahmiri (Agence H5) reflects these values. It is formed by the negative space created by a series of vertical shapes. Part of the mechanism passes over the logo in a swift movement, revealing the name of the brand at brief intervals. These innovative features mean that the brand is positioned in the high-end segment of the watchmaking market. Its timepieces will be produced in limited edition with 16 (42) versions of each model.
The 4N MVT01/D01 is the first model from the brand.
Partnership with the manufacturer Renaud and Papi
The partnership with the manufacturer Renaud and Papi (Audemars Piguet Renaud & Papi) clearly and comfortably places 4N in the contemporary Haute Horlogerie.
The innovative spirit of the manufacture, its production methods, among the most advanced, as well as its perfect mastery of technology have developed for it, over the years, an unparalleled reputation that has attracted the most prestigious watchmakers. APRP puts its know-how and technical expertise at the service of 4N, offering the assurance of constant and sustainable guaranteed services.
The uniqueness of APRP, the personality of its founders and it’s level of requirements, have led to a highly qualified team with which 4N is working.
The partnership clarifies and highlights the performance ambition sustained by the brand. Assurance of high-tech and exceptional technical prowess, APRP today guarantees maintenance and regular monitoring of production, applied and sustainable. From the industrial research to the prototype to the delicate operation of finish and assembly, the collaboration with Renaud and Papi places 4N at a level of excellence in the horology market.
The partnership has a number of technical advances on the model of the iconic brand (4N-MVT01/D01), both in the sophistication of the finishes crafted entirely by hand and the final details worthy of the finest timepieces, as well as in the selection and implementation of exceptional quality materials.
This level of excellence is notably apparent through the enhancement of the screw balance placed on the dial, and of a movement of 10-days power reserve built around a double barrel. Some 514 components, all hand decorated with 78 rubies, form this exceptional movement. Their balance in this model makes it a particularly innovative work that reflects the audaciousness, and mastery of this young, independent brand.
An independent designer since 1986, F. Quentin’s experience in the watchmaking world has enabled him to design many contemporary models for French and Swiss watchmakers. His best-known endeavours include co-founding HAUTLENCE for the HL models in 2004 and co-designing La Tambour, the flagship model released by Louis Vuitton.
At 47 years of age, François Quentin has built up a wide range of skills over the years. With an avid interest in mechanics and computers, the designer works in business sectors requiring skills that are as diverse as they are specific, from machine tooling to mechanical optics to web design. In an effort to perfect his watchmaking expertise, F. Quentin trained in and was awarded a diploma in watch repair in 2006. Today he is a full-fledged specialist in watch design. In 2009, François Quentin founded the watch brand 4N.