The search for independence and vertical integration on a large scale is rooted in IWC from the early years of the company under the direction of FA Jones. Then as now, the factory installed in Schaffhausen chose not to produce each of the individual components, concentrating especially on the movements and complications. Several years ago, some of the most outstanding achievements of haute horlogerie, such as perpetual calendars, tourbillons, minute repeats and indications of the phases of the Moon, are produced in the manufacturing workshops.
The decoration of the watch movements also has a long history in Schaffhausen. Even the first FA Jones gauges wore engravings and decorative elements. This is because, at that time, the custom among American watchmakers was to make boxless movements the focus of their showcases. In this way, they offered buyers the opportunity to become familiar with the complex internal workings of the watch, even though they never saw movement in the finished product.
Despite its complex decorative elements, the movements of the new 52000 caliber family retain their technical character. Thus, IWC Schaffhausen remains faithful to the spirit of engineering whose foundations laid the founder of the company, FA Jones, with production methods that already represented the most advanced avant-garde.