header.skiplinktext header.skiplinkmenu

IWC Schaffhausen

Change location
Search Location
Selected Country
Results
All locations
All locations
  • ANDORRA / €
  • AUSTRALIA / AUD
  • AUSTRIA / €
  • BELGIUM / €
  • BRAZIL / R$
  • CANADA / CAD
  • CHINA / CN¥
  • CROATIA / €
  • CYPRUS  / €
  • CZECH REPUBLIC / €
  • DENMARK / kr
  • ESTONIA / €
  • FINLAND / €
  • FRANCE / €
  • GERMANY / €
  • GREECE / €
  • HONG KONG SAR, CHINA / hk$
  • HUNGARY / €
  • ICELAND / KR
  • IRELAND / €
  • ITALY / €
  • JAPAN / ¥
  • KOREA / KRW
  • LATVIA / €
  • LITHUANIA / €
  • LUXEMBOURG / €
  • MACAU SAR, CHINA / MOP
  • MALAYSIA / MYR
  • MEXICO / Mex$
  • NETHERLANDS / €
  • NORWAY / NOK
  • POLAND / €
  • PORTUGAL / €
  • REST OF THE WORLD
  • ROMANIA / €
  • RUSSIA  / ₽
  • SINGAPORE / SGD
  • SLOVAKIA / €
  • SLOVENIA / €
  • SPAIN / €
  • SWEDEN / kr
  • SWITZERLAND / CHF
  • TAIWAN, CHINA / NT$
  • THAILAND / THB
  • TURKEY / TRY
  • UAE / AED
  • UNITED KINGDOM / £
  • UKRAINE  / UAH
  • USA / $
  • INDONESIA / Rp
  • PHILIPPINES / ₱
iwc-ppc-language-
Shopping Bag
SIGN INTO IWC

IWC Schaffhausen

IWC Schaffhausen

 

 

In 1993, on the occasion of its 125th anniversary, IWC opened an exclusive museum at its Schaffhausen headquarters and became Switzerland’s first watch manufacturer with such a facility. Since 2007 the collection is housed on the first floor of the historic main building that was built in 1875 by the IWC founder Florentine Ariosto Jones (1841-1916).

 

The new home of IWC watches represents the world of an international luxury brand. Together with the objects on display, it creates surroundings that are at once modern yet timeless, luxurious yet functional, and with every convenience the visitor could possibly wish for. Guests are transported back in time to explore the historical timepieces and the rich history of IWC, and can explore the lineage of each spectacular IWC watch family.


HOURS AND ADMISSION

IWC Museum - reopening information

 

The IWC Museum will reopen on March 23, 2021. The exhibition can be visited during the usual opening hours (see below).

__

Our top priority is to protect the health and safety of our museum visitors and employees. That is why we have been consistently implementing the government's COVID ordinances since the very beginning. A maximum of 15 people are allowed in the museum at any one time. For guided tours, groups will be reduced to a maximum of 10 people. We apologise for any delays due to the measures taken.

 

According to the latest ordinance of the Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH), COVID certification will be mandatory in museums from Monday, 13 September 2021.

 

Persons aged 16 and over must therefore present an official COVID certificate together with a valid photo ID to enter the IWC Museum. Visitors must thus be recovered, vaccinated, or tested.

 

Please note: A negative test result of a rapid antigen test or PCR test alone does not count as a federal COVID certificate. Not every pharmacy or doctor is able to issue a COVID certificate. Please inform yourself in advance about the issuing of the certificate.

 

To protect privacy, personal data will of course not be stored. You can find more information on the COVID certificate here

 

We look forward to welcoming you back to our museum and showing you the wonderful world of IWC.

 

COVID certificate for persons vaccinated abroad

 

In accordance with the requirements of the FOPH, we also accept the EU's "EU Digital COVID Certificate". And persons vaccinated outside the EU can obtain a COVID certificate valid in Switzerland if they have been vaccinated abroad with a vaccine approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA).

 

Thank you for understanding that we can only accept COVID certificates recognized by the FOPH.

 

We look forward to welcoming you to our museum and presenting the wonderful world of IWC to you.

 

OPENING HOURS

 

Tuesday to Friday: 09:00 to 17:30

Saturday: 09:00 to 15:30

 

The museum is closed on Sundays, Mondays, public holidays and for special internal events:

 

Friday, 02 April 2021 (Good Friday)

Monday, 05 April 2021 (Easter Monday)

Saturday, 1 May 2021 (Labour Day)

Thursday, 13 May 2021 (Ascension Day)

Monday, 24 May 2021 (White Monday)

 

Christmas / New Year 2021-2022

Friday, 24 December 2021 09.00 - 15.30 open

Saturday, 25 December 2021 until Monday, 3 January 2022 closed

 

GUIDED TOURS

We will gladly arrange guided tours through our museum for groups of up to 10 persons during our opening times.

 

The price of a guided tour is CHF 100 (including admission).

 

Please contact us either by e-mail at visit@iwc.com to make prior arrangements. 

 

 

ADMISSION CHARGES

ADULTS: CHF 6
REDUCED ADMISSION: CHF 3

For children under 12, admission to the IWC Museum is free.

 


DIRECTIONS

GETTING THERE

The museum is in the main building at IWC Schaffhausen at the edge of the old town in Schaffhausen and on the banks of the Rhine.

 

ON FOOT

About ten minutes’ walk from Schaffhausen main station

 

BY PUBLIC TRANSPORT

Take bus no. 5 (Buchthalen) to the “Rhybadi/IWC” stop.

 

BY CAR

From Zurich/Winterthur, leave the tunnel at the “Schaffhausen Süd, Zentrum, Kreuzlingen” exit and head for the centre (Zentrum). Coming from Stuttgart/Singen/Donaueschingen, leave the tunnel at the “Schaffhausen Süd, Rheinfall, Kreuzlingen” exit and head for the centre (Zentrum). Car parking is available in the old town.

IWC SCHAFFHAUSEN

IWC Museum

Baumgartenstrasse 15

CH-8201 Schaffhausen

Switzerland

 

 


About the museum

In 1868, American watchmaker Florentine Ariosto Jones founded the International Watch Company, as the first and only watch manufacture in the north-eastern part of Switzerland. As a location, he chose a site close to the River Rhine that used to be the orchard of the All Saints abbey – a former Benedictine monastery housing the oldest building in Schaffhausen. Based on plans by architect G. Meyer, the first premises were built between 1874 and 1875 in the garden adjacent to the banks of the Rhine. Behind the building’s impressive façade, IWC has been manufacturing extraordinary timepieces for 150 years, many of which have gained iconic status. Back in 1993, on the occasion of its 125th anniversary, IWC opened an exclusive museum in the attic of its headquarters – by this time a listed building – and became Switzerland’s first watch manufacturer with such a facility.

 

In 2007, IWC trumped its past achievements with a newly designed watch museum on the converted ground floor of the main building. In spaces once given over to the manufacture of cases and watch parts, light-flooded rooms and display cases set off the exhibits to their best advantage. Production has been relocated to more spacious premises directly next door, making room for many more exhibits and a multimedia presentation documenting the company’s history.

 

The new home of IWC watches represents the world of an international luxury brand; together with the objects on display, it creates surroundings that are at once modern yet timeless, luxurious yet functional, and with every convenience the visitor could possibly wish for.

 

Over 230 carefully selected items bear witness to a manufacturer that started making a name for itself with unusually reliable quality, and universally appealing design from the very beginning.

It creates surroundings that are at once modern yet timeless, luxurious yet functional

 

 

For the first time, the Jones movements in their various qualities are clearly presented

 

The journey through the history of innovation at IWC starts here, with the legendary Jones calibres from the period of the company’s foundation. For the first time, the Jones movements in their various qualities are clearly presented. The post-Jones period, with the famous 52 calibre, for example, is also documented here. To make more room for the development of the calibres, there has been a slight reduction in the number of pocket watches with digital displays. As a result, there will be fewer cases containing marksman’s and dress watches, and a shift in emphasis to the quality of IWC movements. Highlights of the wristwatch display are the Albert Pellaton anniversary watch, the so-called “club watches”, and new models in the Porsche Design family. The intention is to appeal to a younger and broader audience while accentuating IWC’s special strengths – in particular the company’s ingenuity when it comes to wristwatch technology and design. New catalogues and advertising artwork in the smaller intermediate cases and in the main cabinets supplement the watch display.

EAST WING

In the East Wing, additional exhibits accompany the showcases for individual watch families, such as the Portugieser or the Portofino collections. It would also be feasible for the museum to continue adding to its extensive collection by making targeted acquisitions and integrating the company’s own existing watch collections. In this wing, visitors to the Museum can trace the genealogy of the individual IWC watch families.

 

IWC also stages a variety of special exhibitions at the museum. The retrospective is fittingly complemented by original documentation from IWC’s own archives: watch catalogues from 1900, historic tools, spare parts and technical drawings, as well as contracts and records.

 

Also on display are two of the 94 ledgers that provide complete information about every IWC watch made since 1885: its calibre, case material, date of delivery and name of the recipient. These details are indispensable for research, even today. In every section of the exhibition visitors can make use of interactive screens to obtain an in-depth understanding of the individual exhibits in eight different languages. The exhibits come complete with a detailed technical description and, at a second level, contain additional background information.

Visitors to the museum can trace the genealogy of the individual IWC watch families

THE OFFICIAL IWC MUSEUM APP

 

You can now download the official IWC Museum audio guide direct to your digital device with the IWC Museum app. Get informed about the fascinating world of the IWC Museum and receive useful information surrounding the museum exhibits and your visit.