The IWC was founded in 1868 when veteran American clockmaker F.A. Jones joined forces with Swiss industrialist J.H. Moser in the medieval city of Schaffhausen, Switzerland. Their motto was Probus Scafusia, meaning “Good, solid craftsmanship from Schaffhausen”. Together, they went on to found one of Switzerland’s premiere horological timepiece companies.
After the 1880s, IWC embraced new technological innovations such as electric gold-plating of watch parts and moving conveyer belts. After the turbulence of the Second World War, the collapse of the German economy encouraged IWC to forge new connections with America, the Far East and Australia. IWC continued to pioneer new luxury watchmaking techniques while maintaining traditional values throughout the last half of the twentieth century.
Five of their finest
- The Da Vinci Chronograph: This limited edition platinum timepiece is part of IWC’s legendary Da Vinci collection, and features a black alligator leather strap and a silver plated dial. It has a 68 hour power reserve when fully wound.
- The Portuguese Perpetual Calender: This timepiece features a unique moon phase calendar alongside the date and time. Available in three exquisite designs – platinum with a silver dial, red-gold with a silver dial, or the muted white-gold on a slate dial.
- The Aquatimer Deep Two: Water-resistant to 12 bar, this is the ultimate diver’s watch. It features a lustrous stainless steel case and a black rubber bracelet.
- The Hand-Wound Pilot’s Watch: This vintage design resembles a pilot’s cockpit, with a platinum face and a soft black calf-skin strap. It features a silver dial and eighteen jewels.
- The Portofino Chronograph Edition Laureus: This limited edition exclusive timepiece in a distinctive shade of deep blue combines innovative design with modern technology. Stainless steel is complemented by a blue alligator leather strap.
Five Innovations from IWC
- 1885: IWC manufactures the world’s first digital watch.
- 1978: IWC pioneers the first use of titanium watch bracelets.
- 1980: The IWC’s Grand Complication pocket watch is created, consisting of over 1300 parts.
- 1985: IWC’s Da Vinci range houses the world’s first perpetual calendar, guaranteed to be accurate for 500 years.
- 1998: The IWC Aquatimer is the world’s first water-resistant to 2000 meter watch.
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