The result of an American’s flamboyance and vision of luxury watch making in Switzerland’s Schaffhausen region led to the creation of a timeless icon. Perhaps no other Swiss manufacturer’s story is as diverse and appealing as is the history of IWC Schaffhausen. The fundamentals of watch production in Schaffhausen were laid by an American, Florentine Ariosto Jones in 1868. Florentino Jones’ revolutionary spirit and inventive methodology to the process of watch creation led IWC to manufacture some of the most beautiful pieces of art ever created at Schaffhausen.
Jones established his company and factory far from the French speaking part of Switzerland where most of the other Swiss houses were situated. His decision was based on a number of factors- modern factory premises, a hydropower plant driven by the Rhine to run his machines and, not least, a centuries-old horological tradition. Right from its inception IWC has been pioneering fine watch making with their Jones Calibre, named after their legendary founder. The Pallweber series of pocket watches in 1885 validated IWC’s technical and mechanical expertise in the field of watch making with their digital display for the hours and minutes hands. IWC’s watch families – the Pilot’s Watches, Portuguese, Ingenieur, Aquatimer, Da Vinci and Portofino – are all inspired by a long and glorious tradition of fine watch making. They are testament to the inventive zeal of the engineers in Schaffhausen through four generations and represent at its best the broad range of the company’s watchmaking expertise: from tough watches for everyday use to professional sports watches and the intricacies and complexities that are required at the higher spectrums of haute horlogerie at itspremium. These are joined by icons such as the Grande Complication and the IWC Vintage Collection.The status and repute of IWC Schaffhausen is established on the craft and mastery of its highly qualifies employees who are experts in understanding and taking forward every step of the production process behind in-house movements and complications such as the minute repeater, the tourbillon and the perpetual calendar.
For the inventers and production specialists at IWC, the right to excellence, “ProbusScafusia” – “Craftsmanship made in Schaffhausen”, which was first expressed in 1903, is not only a mammoth challenge; it is also what motivates them passionately. Every IWC watch is professionally finished by masters of their trade. For these are the master craftsmen whose qualified eyes, sprightly fingers and meticulous instruments put together IWCwatches from an assortment of single parts and identities: each a mesmerizing showpiece of painstaking workmanship, functionality and design; each an exceptional example of the art and craft of Swiss watchmaking at its very best.As a company that enjoys global achievements, IWC Schaffhausen has a business philosophy that embraces ecological obligations and social commitments. IWC’s vision has resulted in numerous longstanding partnerships and commitments worldwide. On the one hand, IWC supports nominated organizations that exist to help children and adolescents growing up in problematic circumstances; on the other, it helps inaugurate and maintain partnerships with institutions working against climate change and environmental damage.