THE FAMILY TRADITION AT IWC
In 1868, the American watchmaker and entrepreneur Florentine Ariosto Jones left Boston for Switzerland and founded the “International Watch Company” in Schaffhausen. His visionary dream is to combine modern American manufacturing technologies with the artisanal skills of Swiss watchmakers to create the best pocket timepieces of the time. In this way, it not only lays the foundations of IWC’s unique engineering approach, but also kicks off the centralized production of mechanical watches in Switzerland.
In its 150-year history, IWC Schaffhausen has stood out for creating functional, ingenious, robust and easy-to-use complications; chronographs and calendars in particular. A pioneer in the use of titanium and ceramics, IWC specializes in the production of technological crates made from cutting-edge materials, such as titanium aluminous and Ceratanium®. Preferring the principle “form follows function” over aesthetics, the timeless creations of the Swiss manufacturer embody the dreams and ambitions of the wearer.
In the new Manufakturzentrum, which opened in 2018, IWC Schaffhausen combines the artisanal watchmaking tradition with the most modern production methods and technologies. In the creation of components and crates, the latest generation of turning and milling stations guarantee the highest quality and precision. The assembly of manufacturing movements, on the other hand, requires careful manual work. Only thanks to the watchmaker’s expert hands does the clock’s mechanical heart begin to beat.
IWC buys materials responsibly and works to minimize the impact on the environment by creating inherently sustainable watches built to last generation after generation. The company prides itself on training its future watchmakers and engineers and providing an environment of excellence for all employees. IWC also works with organizations that work for young people and children around the world.