Graduated in mechanical engineering; worked as a design engineer and project manager in the automotive industry. More than 50 registered patents. Joined IWCin 2006; responsible for several product groups. For the past three years he has been Product.
Klein: My real work on the Portugieser Sidérale Scafusia began three years ago, when we started working on the design. The brief was clear: despite its numerous complications and functions, we wanted to create a classic, wearable, good-looking watch with recognizable Portugieser DNA. At 17.5 millimetres, the height of the watch is relatively modest. It’s water-resistant to 3 bar, has an appealing, uncluttered dial and, despite the giant tourbillon, is the soul of understatement. It only becomes clear that the watch is unique and functions as a personalized precision instrument when you view it from the back.
Klein: Essentially the Portugieser Sidérale Scafusia breaks the mould. Every single watch is an individual project, with its own article number, specific components list, its own watchmaker and laborious logistics. There are specific holders of responsibility for every stage of the project. In addition to project supervision, I calculate – to the metre – the grid reference of the customer’s chosen location – say the Arc de Triomphe in Paris. Then I set the sidereal time in line with the chart. By the way, the chart measures a proud 28 millimeters and is made in-house as a complex, four-colour print of sensational quality.
Klein: Only the very best is good enough. There’s no room for compromise with the Portugieser Sidérale Scafusia. Every single one of the countless details has to be flawless, but the composition as a whole must be perfect, too. The owner may wear the watch for a few years, but he will never stop discovering surprising new things about it. From the re-engineered folding clasp to the battery-operated watch winder, everything focuses on quality, functionality and user-friendliness. When you hold this watch in your hand, you literally feel the passion that has gone into its creation.