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Experiences

The Runner

Whether competing in marathons or collecting IWC watches,
New York entrepreneur Kevin J. Devine does everything “110 per cent.”

Text — Dirk Rheker Photos — Jürgen Frank Date — 8 October, 2012

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Collecting watches isn’t just about ownership and the joy of a great product; it’s also about sharing a bond with like-minded people.

—Kevin J. Devine

—Certainly no time on his hands:
IWC aficionado Kevin J. Devine sporting his
TOP GUN Double Chronograph

Kevin J. Devine used to run marathons – in what he laughingly calls “the Clydesdale class.” Clydesdales are large Scottish draft horses, and the description alludes to heavier runners who carry more than 200 pounds (about 90 kilos) of their own weight.

From a competitive point of view, this is quite an impressive feat. Devine has now successfully tackled the punishing 42-kilometer race thirteen times. “I even managed to finish the New York Marathon in just under four hours,” he says, not without a touch of pride. Devine’s explanation for living life as a race is practical rather than philosophical: “I had to stay fit on those many business trips somehow, didn’t I?”

Kevin Devine doesn’t just leave it at an occasional round of jogging to boost his health. The native New Yorker does everything “110 percent.” During lunch at the Water Street Restaurant in Brooklyn, I begin to understand where his powerful vitality comes from. For example, Devine talks about growing up only a stone’s throw away, in what you could easily call a nofrills neighborhood, where elbows were a necessity, day after day.

Of course, these early lessons in life also helped him professionally. After completing his Master’s Degree in Marketing, Devine climbed the career ladder as a marketing and sales manager for several international pharmaceutical companies. In the late 1990s, his brother convinced him to become a partner in the small software company he had just launched. The company offered service programs for the financial industry. It was in no small part to Kevin’s credit that the start-up business gained an excellent – and lucrative – market position within just a few years. That’s the effect of a 110-percent commitment.

Examples of this vitality abound, and cross over into his personal life. When dog-lover Kevin takes his two golden retrievers out for a walk, he doesn’t just step out of the door of the home he shares with his wife Nancy in Readington on the outskirts of New York. No: he launches a campaign to establish a public dog park – successfully, of course. When he indulges his passion for great single malt whiskies, he naturally plans a trip to the best distilleries in Scotland (also playing a round of golf in St. Andrews while there).

It was only natural that when this man of action discovered his passion for Swiss watches, he ended up with quite a formidable collection. Devine is especially taken with watches by IWC Schaffhausen. “My first IWC was a Spitfire Chrono-Automatic,” he recalls, with a sentimental pause. “That was around fifteen years ago. It was love at first sight.”

Since then, Devine’s collection has grown by at least one new “made in Schaffhausen” watch a year. Kevin is equally delighted with all of them – be it the IWC Aquatimer Chronograph “Cousteau Divers,” the IWC Portuguese Yacht Club Chronograph, the IWC Portuguese Automatic Edition Laureus Sport for Good Foundation, the IWC Pilot’s Watch Double Chronograph TOP GUN, the IWC Da Vinci Chronograph Edition Laureus Sport for Good Foundation, or the IWC Ingenieur Vintage Collection. “I love the masculine aura of these watches and their unique mix of perfect technology and uncompromising aesthetics.”

Of course, Kevin’s passion for collecting sometimes borders on obsession, as he freely admits. For example, during what have become routine visits to Leonardo Jewelers in the small town of Red Bank, New Jersey, he regularly promises Nancy that “this will be my last IWC this year.” This assertion merely elicits an indulgent smile from Nancy and jeweler Leo Zeik; they know full well that he will succumb before the year is out.

“When I collect watches, it isn’t just about ownership and the joy of a great product; it’s also about sharing a bond with like-minded people,” Devine declares. A few months ago, he flew to Geneva to visit the SIHH watch fair, paying lengthy visits to the IWC TOP GUN booth. On his return, Nancy asked him what exactly people had talked about the whole time. “Watches, of course,” he replied – “and she looked at me with a mixture of incomprehension and pity!”

To understand such passion for mechanical watches, you have to be a collector yourself. “When you’re passionate about watches, there’s no ultimate goal – it is the road you’re on that is important.” Like the road run by a marathon runner. Like the road of a career. And like the road that leads to the IWC Big Pilot’s Watch Perpetual Calendar, Kevin Devine’s next object of desire. At least for the moment.

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Kurt Klaus
The Art of Creating Stories and Dreams

Every watch tells a story – about its origin and age, personality and character, tradition and culture, and not least about its owner.

Aquatimer video Screenshot
IT'S AQUA TIME - The new aquatimer video

The evolution of the diver’s watches from IWC continues.

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For over 60 years, IWC has been training generations of watchmakers in its own workshops. Candidates need to be deft with their hands and have a flair for technology. After completing their training, most of them remain loyal to the company in northeastern Switzerland for many years.

Swiss National Day
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Experience the secret talents of the IWC watchmakers.

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The parallels are endless: technology, innovation and cutting-edge design dominate both businesses, and they’re both defined by time. The MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS Formula One™ Team tries to beat the clock in FORMULA 1 motor racing; at IWC Schaffhausen, we are the clock.

Ingenieur Automatic
The Sculptor-Designer

The sculptor-designer is a phenomenon. Even if you are not at all design literate you will know him by reputation. His name has become a synonym for severity.

The Art of Being an Engineer

The engine faltered and cut out. Hunched over his metal baby, Benz wiped the sweat from his forehead with the back of his hand.

INGENIEUR - TAKING POLE POSITION

We are pleased to welcome you on IWC’s qualifying lap. View the video, and join us as we are about to start the race.