François Quentin uses FashionLab to help develop new 4N watch

Sean Dudley
Sean Dudley
By Sean Dudley on 18 March 2015
François Quentin uses FashionLab to help develop new 4N watch

Designer François Quentin has worked in collaboration with FashionLab, the Dassault Systèmes innovation laboratory, to develop his 4N brand of watches.

Quentin wanted to introduce a new Sapphire case to the design of the MTV 4N-01 model, with a focus on displaying the movement of the watch through transparency.

“I wanted to create a new Sapphire case to magnify the three-dimensional movement of the watch,” Quentin said. “The idea was to highlight the mechanism. Transparency was the key of this new project.”

Quentin worked closely with FashionLab to develop a new model, leveraging Dassault Systèmes 3D design software to do so. FashionLab was used to not only manage the material and its impact on visual effects, but to also calculate the impact generated on the shape of the watch’s case.

The first step of the new model’s development focused on the design of the new case in 3D, based on the new Sapphire material and the impact this would have on the overall shape of the case. Using the Dassault Systèmes 3DEXPERIENCE on the cloud platform, which uses Microsoft technology, Quentin was able to imagine, design and build the new version of the watch.

Thanks to the platform’s My Product Portfolio on Cloud technology, deployment was fast and fully integrated 3D digital continuity covered all stages of the watch’s development.

The second step involved the validation of the effects of transparency, while maintaining a reliable rendering quality. To achieve this, FashionLab and François Quentin worked with NVIDIA visual computing experts and adopted a high-performance tool dedicated to graphic quality and improved calculation times.

“It was a real technical challenge because a Sapphire case requires hundreds of hours of processing,” Quentin explained. “The Sapphire is almost as complex as the diamond. It was therefore essential to digitally validate the shape before starting manufacturing. In addition, 3D modeling of transparency is a real challenge because it brings calculation complexity.”

The new Sapphire-cased 4N watch has been presented to the public at the BaselWorld 2015 event, and will be available to view from 18-26 March.

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