IWC formed a partnership with the Italian luxury shoe manufacturer Santoni back in 2011, thanks to the brand’s emphasis on manual skill, professional diligence, and a high appreciation of tradition and craftsmanship — key elements when it comes to making beautiful, hand-made creations. Both brands understand that in order to progress and innovate, you have to preserve your heritage. In a fast-paced world, both IWC and Santoni still take their time and exhibit the patience necessary to create with care and precision exquisite products and accessories of the highest quality.
Known mostly for their brown leather toe oxfords and boots in a classic Italian design, Santoni has grown into one of the world leaders not only in the manufacturing of men’s and women's shoes, but also in handling and processing quality leather items. For several years now, IWC has drawn from the Italian shoemaker’s expertise by equipping some of its most precious timepieces with exclusive alligator- and calf-leather straps made by Santoni. In the end, every single product featuring a strap, no matter what the colour, is a manifestation of synergies on the highest level. Below are seven little-known facts about Santoni and its partnership with IWC Schaffhausen.