This past Sunday, via 4N’s Facebook page, it was announced that the 4N-MVT01, or “4N watch”, is functioning. Having followed it from the beginning, I must say it is exciting to see that François Quentin, Owner & Designer of 4N, has made his vision a reality and defining himself as one of the great independent designers of haute horlogerie.
The 4N watch is an exceptional mechanical watch with digital jumping hour and minute display. It was first revealed to the world at Baselworld 2010 as a concept. After an unsurprisingly positive reception at the 2010 show, the concept moved ahead and a working prototype of the 4N — with meaningful design revisions (as I profiled here) — was shown last year at Baselworld 2011. This year– March 2012 — it was announced that renowned manufacture Audemars Piguet Renaud & Papi (“Renaud & Papi”) was working with François Quentin to finalize the 4N watch, their work now complete.
A mere sixteen — yes 16 — pieces of the 4N watch will be produced. The 4N watch price in white gold is 150,000 euros (about $187,000 US at current F/X). The 4N is unapologetically high-tech and complex looking, but with a mechanical heart. The hand-wound movement with 12-hour digital display runs at 21,000 vph (3Hz), with 520 components and a 237-hour power reserve (double barrel). The time display is via a clever system of rotating discs — 4 discs to indicate the hour, 6 discs to indicate the minutes. As you can see below, the movement appears absolutely graceful through the sapphire crystal display back — I love the wide cotes de Geneve striping and graceful curves, befitting of a timepiece such as this.
4N Watch by François Quentin
Limited edition 16 pieces
Price: 150,000 Euros (white gold)
52.0mm x 36.0 mm case (16 mm thick) in white gold or platinum, movement in coordination with manufacture Renaud & Papi (Audemars Piguet), choice of strap materials (with automatic fastening system)
The movement appears absolutely graceful through the sapphire crystal display back:
4N Watch by François Quentin (VIDEO)