Following the completion of the major structural work, IWC had invited more than 250 construction workers, local politicians, public officials, journalists and watch collectors as well as IWC employees involved in this centennial project to celebrate the traditional topping out ceremony. Spring flowers in white and green beverage bottles decorate elegant long tables in what will later be the department for movement assembly. A dozen waiters, helpers and hostesses buzz around the guests, serving finger food and local wine from Schaffhausen. The atmosphere is relaxed, excited and collegial, as many of the guests already seem to know each other.
Guiding a second group of visitors through the impressive structure, Andreas Voll explains: “25 engineering firms, 70 construction companies and 100 craftsmen were involved in this project. Altogether 8,400 metric tons of concrete and 3,300 square metres of glass were used to build 13,500 square metres of production area.” For IWC’s Chief Operating Officer, however, the new facility is much more than just a building – it is a dream come true. “Right from my very first day at IWC, I have wondered what the features of a perfect watch manufacturing centre would be. Here, under one roof we will fully centralize our key processes and manufacturing steps, which have been scattered across several locations in the past.” After two expansions on the site of its headquarters in the old town of Schaffhausen, IWC had found itself pushed against its limits. Moreover, the strategic decision to further develop IWC’s in-house movement expertise called for more space and hence a new manufacturing facility.