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The Man’s Guide to
Haute Horlogerie

Date — 22 November, 2013

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The development and continuous improvement of movements, functional displays and cases has been part of IWC’s philosophy since 1868. Complications such as the perpetual calendar, constant-force tourbillon and minute repeater are not only historically significant achievements in the art of watchmaking but also the fruit of the company’s in-house design and development efforts.

With the video series “The Man’s Guide to Haute Horlogerie”, which consists of seven episodes dedicated to iconic complications, IWC gives you an insight into the world of Haute Horlogerie made in Schaffhausen.

Episode 1
The Tourbillon

Episode 2
The Constant-Force Tourbillon

Episode 3
The Portuguese Sidérale Scafusia

Episode 4
The Chronograph

Episode 5
The minute repeater

Episode 6
The perpetual calendar

Episode 7
The Digital Perpetual Calendar

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