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François Quentin 4N

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The watch passionate François Quentin contributed to the beginnings of Hautlence – a new independent watchmaking brand – and then moved on to other adventures.

By Vincent Daveau
Managing Editor France

In 2009, Quentin launched 4N to develop an innovating caliber that displayed time in a completely disruptive and innovative way. The aim was to go with the then new prevailing trend. In the same fashion as 1970s clocks, this caliber displayed time digitally by using rotating plates.


However, Quentin encountered some problems with the design of the piece and passed on the responsibility to produce the 4N-MVT01/D01 caliber to the APRP manufacture (Audemars Piguet Renaud & Papi). APRP was famous for producing exceptional instruments and for designing advanced complications.

To date, the sixteen mechanical and hand-wound timepieces with a ten-day power reserve that the brand produced – with other versions soon to come – are available in titanium, white gold or platinum.


Technical details

  • “Forged” carbon case
  • Hand-wound mechanical caliber with 651 components and two time zones, analogical and digital respectively
  • Transparent dial and yellow indicators
  • Winding crowns and round adjustments resembling “LIP Talon”
  • Water-resistant to 30 meters
  • Yellow rubber strap
  • Rectangular case available in titanium, white gold or platinum (16 models)
  • The 4N-MVT01/D01 caliber includes 520 components of which 80 are rubies, and its large screw balance oscillates at 21,000 vibrations per hour
  • 237-hour power reserve
  • Alligator strap with a quick opening system

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