TimeZone Palo Alto, California – IWC Luncheon Gathering – October 2000


Michael Disher


On Saturday, October 28, 50 fortunate TZers gathered at the Piatti Restaurant at the Stanford Center in Palo Alto, CA. The Guest of Honor was Kurt Klaus, IWC’s Master Watchmaker and movement designer, and the creator of the new IWC Caliber 5000. Also attending from IWC were Marc Bernhardt and Marcia Mazzocchi. TZ’s IWC and Advanced Forum moderator Michael Friedberg also flew in from Chicago to attend. Michael was instrumental in bringing IWC to the lunch, and for his efforts we owe him a debt of gratitude. Event organizers Larry Seiden and Marvin Arnold did a great job as well, and the lunch went off without a hitch. Big thanks to IWC, Michael, Larry, and Marvin for making this afternoon possible!

The lunch was scheduled to start at noon, but traffic concerns and eagerness to meet caued people to arrive as much as 2 hours early. I pulled in at 11:30, and there was already a good crowd on hand. As you might suspect, IWC watches were everywhere. Every model you can think of, old and new, were on hand (or on wrist). Michael Friedberg was wearing his big and beautiful vintage Ingenieur, and Richard Paige had on a Jubilee Portuguese. Of course, IWC brought an Il Destriero Scafusia and a Grande Complication, among others. We were the proverbial kids in a candy store.

Upon arrival, each attendee found on his or her chair a hard cover IWC catalog, an IWC t-shirt, and a copy of the IWC magazine. IWC also gave everyone who attended a large print of Da Vinci technical drawings suitable for framing. On top of these goodies, IWC donated several copies of the huge book on the Grande Complication, plus three watch winders for the event. We truly owe IWC a large debt of gratitude for their wonderful generosity. Orbita also donated a very nice tan leather Bellini winder, and Ashford.com donated three $100 gift certificates. The books, winders and gift certificates were all given away in a raffle. Thanks again to IWC, Orbita and Ashford.com for their generosity!

The luncheon officially got under way with the introduction of Kurt Klaus. Next, Larry Seiden presented lovely mementos of the occasion to Mr. Klaus, Michael Friedberg and Richard Paige. Each received engraved glass pieces commemorating the day. Finally, yours truly presented Mr. Klaus with a TZ SWIS pin, formally inducting him into the Society of Watch Idiot Savants. Mr. Klaus said he was very happy to officially become one of us.

Following the fomalities, Mr. Klaus gave an excellent presentation on the IWC Portuguese Automatic 2000 with the all new Caliber 5000 movement. Mr. Klaus described the automatic winding system, the mainspring and barrel, and power reserve mechanisms in detail. He revealed that while the power reserve actually exceeds 8 days, IWC designed an ingenious system that stops the watch after 7 days, because after 7 days, the watch does not keep time to IWC’s high standards for accuracy. We also learned that the new movement pays tribute to the past by incorporating the same proven escapement design as was used in the famous IWC Caliber 89. Finally, we learned that the balance wheel incorporates two eccentric weights, placed on the spokes just inside the rim (in addition to rim screws), that can be used for very fine regulation.

Following Mr. Klaus’ presentation, the raffle was held, and Mr. Klaus graciously agreed to autograph Grande Complication books given as prizes, IWC catalogs, and the Da Vinci prints. A long line quickly formed. Meanwhile, people mingled, admiring watches, catching up with old friends and making new ones.

It was a wonderful afternoon. And now, some scans from the day…


This sign greeted us at Piatti’s door.

Once inside, event co-organizer Larry Seiden says Howdy!

Event co-organizer Marvin Arnold (center) admires a lovely Blancpain with Jeff Kingston (right) and Mario Corona.

L to R: Marcia Mazzocchi of IWC, Larry Seiden, Drew Lunsford.

Marc Bernhardt of IWC displays the Da Vinci print each attendee received.

The IWC T-shirt, catalog and magazine each attendee received.

Larry Seiden (left) presents Michael Friedberg with his engraved glass momento of the occasion.

Kurt Klaus (left) and Michael Friedberg with their momentos of the day. (Note Kurt’s SWIS pin!)

The other star of the show – the IWC Portuguese Automatic 2000.

Another view of the Portuguese Automatic 2000.




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Marcia and Larry draw and announce winners in the raffle.


James Donabed won one of three $100 Ashford gift certificates. Congratulations James!



George Raiche (graiche) won the Orbita winder – perfect for his IWC Mark XII.

Congrats George!


Richard Paige and his wife Jackie. Richard’s watch is pictured below. Jackie is wearing the original TimeZone Minerva Limited Edition.


Richard’s Jubilee Portuguese.


Jeff Kingston shows Jaeger his new Daniel Roth Jump Hour. John Davis (ei8htohms) is in the background on the right.


Roger Borders examines a fine specimen.


John Davis examines the Cal. 5000 movement while Marc Bernhardt looks on.



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Drew Lunsford (standing) shows a watch to TZ Japanese Language Forum Moderator Kohei Saito. To Kohei’s left going around the table: Tamiko Saito, Richard Paige, Jackie Paige, Rick Tucci, James Donabed.

L to R: Star McWilliams, Greg McWilliams, Gloria Joachim, John Joachim. Michael Kelley is in the background on the far right.

L to R: Mark Weinshenker, Brian Spaid, Michael Kelley. Mario Corona is standing in the background on the left.

Jessie and Andrew Maring.

Richard Paige (standing, far left) talks to Mark Bernhardt at the “heavy hitters” table. On Mark’s left, Larry Seiden catches a quick nap and dreams of owning Il Destriero Scafusia. To Larry’s left around the table: Kurt Klaus, Marcia Mazzocchi, Joe Long, Kay Friedberg, Michael Friedberg.

Kohei Saito talks with KurtKlaus. Kohei will be writing an article on the lunch for the Japanese language International Wristwatch magazine.

Kurt Klaus autographs a book for Hugue Beck. Kurt is wearing a steel/steel IWC UTC, which contains one of his inventions – the UTC mechanism.

Drew Lunsford talks with Kurt Klaus while Kurt signs autographs.




Well, that’s the end of the report. Once again thanks to everyone who made this day possible. It was truly a special occasion.

Until next time….

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