Kurt Klaus - the modest masterwatchmaker and a respected legend  0 Comments


Any watch collector worth his salt would have at some point come aross a perpetual calendar and if he or she researched in some depth, would have discovered that there is a living legend called Kurt Klaus who managed to solve much of the mechanical problems in designing a timepiece that would keep accurate count of the days in the year up to the year 2500. All with the use of a single crown.
At the age of 73, he now plays the role of the senior ambassador for IWC and recently visited Singapore to host a watch assembly class. One cannot help but notice almost immediately how genuinely affable and friendly Mr Klaus are to collectors who clearly had no airs about himself - even though his success and achievements would easily given him good reason to be a proud man. Always ready to answer any question put to him by collectors.

Once the protege of Albert Pellaton - one of the geniuses of early IWC, Kurt has in my opinion achieved greater acclaim than his mentor. He received an accolade that no previous IWC employee had not received, a watch named after him. The DaVinci Perpetual Calendar Kurt Klaus Limited Edition. The picture on the right shows him wearing the model no.1 of 50 pieces. Images of this watch was reported earlier below.

The Financial Times recently reported on some of Kurt's achievements and his life at IWC. It is well worth reading - especially for those who are IWC fans.



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