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IWC

With a clear emphasis on technology and development, IWC Schaffhausen has been manufacturing timepieces of lasting value since 1868. Its philosophy, based on a passion for watchmaking, aims to maintain a spirit of indefatigable initiative and impeccable craftsmanship.

About

IWC has a 145-year old history of watchmaking craftsmanship that began on the other side of the Atlantic with Florentine Ariosto Jones. At the age of 27, this young engineer and watchmaker was assistant director of E. Howard Watch & Clock Co. in Boston, one of the main watchmaking brands in the United States, when he decided to move to Switzerland. He was keen to combine outstanding Swiss craftsmanship with contemporary American technologies in order to produce better-quality watches for the American market. However, the craftsmen were sceptical about building a modern manufacture with centralised production. Finding it impossible to implement his project in French-speaking Switzerland, Jones sought another location in the diminutive nation, and finally set his sights on Schaffhausen, a booming economic centre at that time.

Schaffhausen was a town with a rich watchmaking history, and there Florentine Ariosto Jones met Heinrich Moser, a local industrialist. From this meeting the International Watch Company was born in 1868. In 1875 high investment costs in the property and plant led to disagreements between the shareholders and F. A. Jones. The latter left Switzerland to return to his home country, but IWC found a new investor in the person of Johannes Rauschenbach, another Schaffhausen industrialist. He bought out the company in 1880 and committed himself to maintaining the production of watches based on the same principles of industrial manufacture.

In 1936, IWC launched one of the first special watches for aviation. It had a revolving bezel with a marker hand to record take-off times, as well as an anti-magnetic movement.

Three years later, in 1939, two traders from Portugal came looking for a wristwatch with all the qualities of an onboard stopwatch (readability, accuracy) – and so the ‘Portuguese' was born.

At around the same time, another adventure began in the world of diving. In 1967 came the creation of the unprecedented Aquatimer, watertight to 200m. It became the must-have watch for professional divers.

The first Ingenieur, presented in 1955, was a complete revolution in more ways than one. The aim of the designers was to build a perfectly protected and extremely accurate watch – which could be rewound simply by the wearer moving their arm.

On the strength of these achievements, IWC has pursued its dynamic by developing a fascinating combination of meticulousness, functionality and design, expressing all its knowhow in each of its timepieces.

1841
Florentine Ariosto Jones born.
1868
International Watch Company founded.
1899
Creation of the first wristwatch manufactured by IWC.
1993
Production of Il Destriero Scafusia, a highly complicated mechanical watch featuring a tourbillon, split-second hand, minute repeater and perpetual calendar.
2000
IWC becomes a part of the Richemont Group.
Philosophy

With a clear emphasis on technology and development, IWC Schaffhausen has been manufacturing timepieces of lasting value since 1868. Its philosophy, based on a passion for watchmaking, aims to maintain a spirit of indefatigable initiative and impeccable craftsmanship.

As one of the world leaders in the luxury watch segment, IWC makes Haute Horlogerie masterpieces that combine engineering and accuracy in an exclusive design.As part of its responsible and ecological code of conduct, IWC is committed worldwide to a large number of causes in favour of underprivileged children and environmental organisations.

At the same time, IWC regularly creates special editions that become ambassadors for these causes; part of the profits from these watches are passed on to help these.

Collections

Aquatimer

With the Aquatimer collection, IWC offers chronographs for underwater activities. Accuracy, reliability and refinement, along with the extensive technical progress displayed in the Aquatimer collection, bear witness to the Schaffhausen manufacture's desire to be at the cutting edge of mechanical watchmaking art.

Aviator watches

Designed to withstand the extreme conditions of aircraft cockpits, the aesthetic appearance of these timepieces embodies the spirit of aeronautics, with a luminous dial featuring large numbers and hands.

Da Vinci

This watchmaking icon amazes watch-lovers with its design and the many complications it features. These include a mechanical chronograph with flyback function and a perpetual calendar with large-figure digital display of the date – and month.

Ingenieur

The Ingenieur range embodies the technical profile of the IWC brand and characteristics such as sturdiness, sportiness and functionality.

Portofino

The key factors of the success for the Portofino are its timeless design, reliable mechanics, sober elegance and charming discretion.

Portugieser

As well as echoing the tradition of nautical instruments, this line features an attractive, contemporary design and cutting-edge mechanics.

Watches