Peter-Michael Högg has worked with IWC for nearly thirteen years, five of which he has spent working as a prototype engineer in IWC’s Research and Development department. During this time, the certified master watchmaker was involved in the prototype-building of some of IWC’s flagship in-house mechanisms, such as the 52 calibre, the 59 calibre of the Portofino Hand-Wound Monopusher (Ref. IW515103, -04), and the 89 calibre of the Pilot’s Watch Timezoner Chronograph (Ref. IW395001).
This time, he had the task of building the prototype for the IWC Custom Fidget Spinner. “Once the concept stood and all components were ready, it was my job to construct a prototype. To see if a function works in practice – and not just in theory – I measured, for example, the distance between the axes, or I examined height distribution in between the wheels. If needed, I would recommend adjustments of up to 100th of a millimetre,” Peter-Michael Hoegg said.
But the calculations were spot-on, with no adjustments needed. The brass wheels and stainless-steel shafts provided the ideal friction ratio, similar to within a watch movement. Additionally, the bearings of the artificial rubies perfectly facilitated the spinning – which naturally slows down the more wheels and gears are integrated. A 10-gear fidget spinner thus rotates slower than one with just 4 gears.