IWC Presents: “It’s Complicated”

In this special four-part podcast series, the Journal talks to IWC’s most well known personalities about the development of IWC’s complications and the cultural history surrounding them. 

The history of the Tourbillon


IWC’s David Seyffer and Thomas Gaumann detail the history of the tourbillon, including IWC’s “Tourbillon school” which rose as a result of the quartz crisis and the activities of the IWC watchmaking school of the 70s and 80s.


The future of complications


A watch complication is a steady, dependable function of a watch. So what can a collector or enthusiast look forward to in terms of complication innovation? IWC’s Walter Volpers takes a look at the future of complications and discusses why watches and sustainability go hand in hand.


The Scafusias: The Il Destriero and The Sidérale


Hannes Pantli joins us to share the story of his role in saving IWC during the quartz crisis and to discuss two of the most complicated watches IWC has made – the Destriero Scafusia and the Sidérale Scafusia. Pantli reveals what the company wanted to achieve with these works of horological art and a lot more.


Mission Perpetual


We start the series with IWC master watchmaker Kurt Klaus and up-and-coming IWC watchmaker Robin Gilbert. The pair discuss their journey to becoming watchmakers and the story behind Klaus’ innovation of the perpetual calendar complication.


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