IWC Schaffhausen was founded in 1868 by Boston watchmaker Florentine Ariosto Jones, who aspired to bring together America's cutting edge technological processes, with the precision and skilled craftsmanship of which Swiss watchmakers are so widely renowned for. Engineering timepieces for over 150 years, IWC embodies the art and beauty of fine haute horology at its very best.
IWC Schaffhausen Collection Highlights
IWC manufactures to perfection. As an outstanding example of meticulous workmanship, each timepiece is a fascinating showpiece, which melds traditional watchmaking methods with contemporary aesthetics. Whilst IWC Schaffhausen's philosophy is to continue setting new standards in complexity and beauty, the needs of the wearer must also be met. Each design is modelled using computer-aided technology, where dial colours, bracelet finishes and case designs are nurtured into fully-wearable, mechanically engineered instruments for ladies and gentlemen of the modern world. Quality control and testing is also paramount in creating the perfect IWC product. Models from the IWC Aquatimer collection are not only checked over for faults or errors within the shafts, wheels, tooth profiles and dimensions, but also tested against impact, heat, moisture, pressure and corrosion via a number of thorough, stringent experiments.
IWC assemble their products by hand at the company’s design studios in Schaffhausen Switzerland, where only the highest qualified craftsmen can be given the responsibility of completing such an intricate task. The winding mechanism, train and escapement are all assembled into place, as well as inserting the rotor, balance and escapement, which requires a trained eye and an incredibly steady hand to complete with such level of precision.
The IWC Portofino range is a particularly popular choice for the classic gentleman - the IWC Portofino Handwound Eight Days and chronographs offering and added touch of functionality and expertise. IWC Portugieser models form a perfect example of the brand’s meticulous skill. Here the wearer can appreciate the central hands which have been mounted to the dial with care, set at exactly the right height in order to grip to the pivot, which secures its position into place. Once IWC Pilot timepieces are complete, they will spend a total of 10 days rotating continuously to allow the pinions and wheels the opportunity to adapt to working side by side together.
IWC Da Vinci Watches are vibrant and innovative. The colour choice of each timepiece, along with their crisp finishes and perfectly round polished bezels, come together harmoniously to create a sophisticated timepiece for those looking to merge the lines between classic and casual. The lady’s moonphase model of the IWC Da Vinci collection is decorated with beautiful colour-work – a midnight star sprinkled blue sky and golden rounded moon, embellished with a glistening diamond encrusted bezel. The IWC Ingenieur collection however, has adopted a completely different look, with chiseled masculine-inspired profiles and powerfully robust bezels. Mechanical and bold – these IWC timepieces are developed for those gentlemen who like to combine technical innovation with modern urbanity.