As curator of the IWC Museum and a lover of history, I’m in a dream world. Each day I walk into a 144-year-old building that houses the place I work. In terms of European history, it’s not that old. But in terms of its place in watchmaking history, it’s ancient.
IWC was ahead of its time when it was founded in 1868. Before then, watch manufacturing was centered in western Switzerland. IWC, based in Schaffhausen, was the first to meld then-modern engineering technology with fine watchmaking, sealing its place in history as a timepiece design and manufacturing innovator. But that’s not the only historic combination IWC is a part of.
In 1936 the first IWC Pilot’s Watch was launched. In 1948 the UK Government issued a tender for an aviation service watch that was robust and anti-magnetic. The Mark 11 Navigator’s Wrist Watch was the result. In the spirit of this collaboration, our Spitfire collection honors this classic plane.
We’re also co-sponsoring “Silver Spitfire – The Longest Flight”. In August, pilots Matt Jones and Steve Brooks from Boultbee Flight Academy will embark on an around-the-world flight in a Spitfire, stopping in almost 30 cities.