DEAR VISITOR

An American watchmaking pioneer named Florentine Ariosto Jones founded the International Watch Company in Schaffhausen in 1868. He drew on the help of eminently qualified Swiss watchmakers, modern technology and hydropower sourced from the nearby River Rhine to manufacture watch movements of the highest possible quality.

 

We have been committed to our heritage for almost 150 years. Our mechanical timepieces are handcrafted in our workshops with meticulous attention to detail. Our six watch families combine precision engineering with extraordinary and timeless design, bringing the finest technology and unique emotions to your wrist.

 

I hope you enjoy your journey through the universe of IWC.

 

—Christoph Grainger-Herr, CEO IWC Schaffhausen

 

 

THE FAMILY TRADITION AT IWC

IWC’s watch families – the Pilot’s Watches, Portugieser, Ingenieur, Aquatimer, Da Vinci and Portofino – look back on a long tradition. They attest to the innovation of the engineers in Schaffhausen through four generations and embrace the broad range of the company’s watchmaking expertise: from robust watches for everyday use to professional sports watches and the complexities of haute horlogerie at its finest. These are joined by watch specialities such as the Grande Complication and the IWC Vintage Collection.

 

—The historic watch models, clockwise from top: Aquatimer Automatic, 1967; Ingenieur Automatic, 1955; Portuguese, 1939; Da Vinci, Beta 21 calibre, 1969; "IWC Special Pilot’s Watch”, 1936; centre: Portofino, 1984
—The founder of IWC Schaffhausen, Florentine Ariosto Jones

AMERICAN PIONEERING SPIRIT MEETS SWISS TRADITION

In 1868, Boston watchmaker Florentine Ariosto Jones founded the “International Watch Co.” in Schaffhausen, far from the watchmaking centres of French-speaking Switzerland. His plan was to marry advanced American production technologies with the skilled craftsmanship for which Swiss watchmakers were famous. In Schaffhausen, he found ideal conditions: modern factory premises, a hydropower plant driven by the Rhine to run the machines and, equally important, a centuries-old horological tradition. The company’s reputation was established from the start with its first movement, the eponymous Jones calibre. In 1885, IWC demonstrated its innovative spirit in the Pallweber pocket watches, with their revolutionary digital display for hours and minutes. The end of the 19th century saw the appearance of IWC’s first wristwatches featuring the 64-calibre pocket watch movement.

 

EXPANSION ON THE BANKS OF THE RHINE

F.A. Jones rented his first factory premises in premises known as the Moser Industrial Complex. Soon afterwards, the company leased additional space in the Oberhaus, one of Schaffhausen’s oldest buildings. In 1874/75, a new IWC factory – and the company’s headquarters to this day – was built at the Baumgarten, directly adjacent to the banks of the Rhine. Headquarters were expanded in 2005 and 2008 with the addition of the East and West Wings.

 

IWC AND THE SUSTAINABILITY PRINCIPLE

The company takes its economic, social and environmental responsibilities seriously, as evidenced by a wide range of internal activities as well as partnerships and joint ventures worldwide. Its social commitment, for example, is demonstrated by its support for the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation, which supports disadvantaged youth across the globe. In the interest of environmental sustainability, IWC supports the Charles Darwin Foundation – among others – in its struggle to maintain the flora and fauna on the Galapagos Islands. Closer to home, the company uses 100% renewable energy for electricity, recycles waste heat and rainwater, and offsets remaining CO² emissions.

 

—Watch assembly at IWC in about 1900

 

 

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