Founded in 1868 by the American watchmaker Florentine Ariosto Jones, the International Watch Company (IWC) Schaffhausen is a pinnacle of Swiss watchmaking. Nestled along the banks of the Rhine River, this horological institution has continuously showcased a blend of precision engineering and refined design.
1868: Establishment of IWC in Schaffhausen by F.A. Jones.
1885: Introduction of the famed Pallweber pocket watch, displaying digital hours and minutes.
1936: Launch of the "Special Pilot’s Watch", marking IWC's foray into aviation watches.
1955: Release of the Ingenieur, a wristwatch known for its magnetic resistance.
1967: IWC debuts the Aquatimer, its response to the increasing demand for divers' watches.
IWC's portfolio boasts a variety of collections, each tailored to specific tastes and functionalities:
Portugieser: Inspired by Portuguese seafarers, it's renowned for its clean, open dial and iconic design.
Pilot’s Watches: A range that pays homage to IWC's long-standing association with aviation.
Portofino: Representing the laid-back luxury of the Mediterranean lifestyle.
Da Vinci: Embracing a distinctively feminine design, often adorned with diamonds and precious materials.
Environmental and Social Initiatives:
IWC isn’t just about watchmaking. The company has shown a strong commitment to sustainability and social responsibility. Partnering with organizations like the Charles Darwin Foundation and Cousteau Society, IWC invests in protecting endangered species and marine ecosystems.