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IWC Explained

Collectors and enthusiasts know IWC for the technical innovation and design expertise that goes into its timepieces. But it’s the people crafting our watches that make each one unique. In our series #IWCExplained, we introduce you to the people behind our products, while Michael Friedberg gives his special insight into the inner workings of IWC.

 


A race with and against time

 

In this episode of #IWCExplained, IWC Laboratory head Dominic Forster shows us the method behind the beautiful madness of how we test our timepieces. Warning: This video is not for the faint of a watchlover’s heart.

 


Tests no one can study for

 

Our timepieces are put through a battery of tests to make sure they live up to IWC’s high standards. Michael Friedberg takes us behind the scenes of the testing laboratory to meet the people and processes that help our watches last a lifetime. Read the story here.

 


What makes the pilot fly

 

The Big Pilot’s Watch and the Timezoner. Perhaps these are the two watches that come to mind when you think of IWC. The design history and technical development of these timepieces reflect our commitment to the art of watchmaking. That commitment is also what drew Stefan Ihnen, IWC’s associate director of watchmaking to the company.

 


The IWC Big Pilot’s watch: The start of something big

 

What began as a functional military watch has become one of the most well-known models in the industry. The IWC Big Pilot’s Watch is a legend in its own time. Read the story here.

 


The dream on your wrist

 

The Portugieser Perpetual Calendar is an engineering marvel, one of the most intriguing complications captured in a 42.mm casing. But the idea of being able to adjust a calendar by just the crown didn’t come out of thin air. The idea is the brainchild of Kurt Klaus, but there’s a new generation keeping this mechanical dream alive. In this episode of #IWCExplained, we meet a member of that generation, Markus Bühler.

 


The perfect watch is perpetually Portugieser

 

The Portugieser is synonymous with classic design and accuracy. One could even say it’s the “perfect wristwatch”. So how do you improve perfection? IWC showed how with the Portugieser Perpetual Calendar. Read the story here.

 


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