Cover Story: An acolyte of excellence

This article first appeared in Options, The Edge Malaysia Weekly, on July 16, 2018 - July 22, 2018.
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Having clocked in more than six decades at IWC Schaffhausen, watchmaker Kurt Klaus, inventor of the IWC perpetual calendar and current brand ambassador, is a living legend. He speaks to Petrina Fernandez at the IWC 150th Anniversary Exhibition about his fascination with mechanical solutions and witnessing the technological evolution of watchmaking.

 

Entry to the Watchmaking Hall of Greats is hard-won with only the most noteworthy luminaries extended an invitation. The majority of them are historical figures but among the living legends whose portraits hang in this fantasy hall are the likes of Philippe Dufour, Jean-Claude Biver and Kurt Klaus.

The last is the 84-year-old ambassador of IWC Schaffhausen who has clocked in over six decades, and counting, at the Manufacture. He is revered in watchmaking circles for his illustrious contributions to the industry, particularly the invention of the IWC perpetual calendar. His complication, assembled from a meagre 90 components, guarantees accuracy of calendar functions for over half a century and proves ingenuity truly lies in simplicity. This feat of enduring precision was appropriately named Operation Eternity.

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