IWC Schaffhausen watches
The history of the IWC Schaffhausen brand
In 1868, Florentine Ariosto Jones founded the “International Watch Co.” in Schaffhausen, a long way from the better known watchmaking centres in the French Canton in Switzerland.
F.A. Jones’ intention was to produce pocket watches for the American market by bringing together the quality of the local craftsmanship and the most modern technologies.
Ever since its foundation the Brand aimed to upgrade watchmaking traditions and produce state-of-the-art timepieces of the highest quality.
The innovative spirit behind IWC can be found, for example, in the first Pallweber digital pocket watches, that show hours and minutes in numbers, and the use of the movement for a woman’s pocket watch, towards the end of the 19th century, to create the workshop’s first wristwatch.
A case in point here is IWC’s “Grande Complication”, the first wristwatch in the world to offer a completely watertight case, an automatic movement including the three most important complications: a double button chronograph, a perpetual calendar with a complete digital display of the year and minute repetition.
The IWC style
Ever since its foundation IWC has proven its passion for the art of watchmaking with every one of its collections along with its innate pioneering spirit, both values that are found in its watches, whether to be worn every day, the sports watches and the ones with the most sophisticated complications on offer by any Watchmaker.
The IWC collections – Pilot’s Watches, Portugieser, Ingenieur, Aquatimer, Da Vinci and Portofino .- boast a long and lasting tradition: its engineers, over the course of the last four generations, have always been engaged in researching and making prototypes that could reflect IWC’s watchmaking expertise in all its different guises. To these celebrated collections one also has to add the special timepieces such as the Grande Complication and the IWC Vintage Collection.
the Portofino collection: unsurpassed elegance
For thirty years now it has stood as a guarantee of the success of the Schaffhausen production.
These timepieces hark back to the Seventies, when the Lépine pocket watch was first presented and became the point of reference for this line of watches.
The Portofino collection stands out for its very paired down and classical lines, a design that, in the 38 mm version, is perfectly suited even for a woman’s wrist.
The Portuguese collection: a style icon
The Portugieser is one of IWC’s oldest and most famous watches.
In the Thirties two Portuguese businessmen commissioned a wristwatch from IWC that was to have the accuracy of the Navy’s chronographs. Those “large wristwatches” turned the world of watchmaking on its head by contributing to the success of the large format that is so much appreciated today in this sector.
The design of the Portugieser collection features very large dials, sombre Arab numerals, thin sword hands and railroad minute design.
the Pilot watches collection
IWC’s Pilot Watches are famous for being very accurate, technically very advanced and with a cockpit style that has made them the aviator’s watch of choice.
They are inspired by the design of on board instrumentation, with luminous indicators on a very paired down dial with a black background and very visible hands and the large numbers which are still to this day classic elements found on aviator watches.
The Ingenieur collection
The Ingenieur collection of watches embodies IWC’s passion for technology and innovation. Since 1995 the Ingenieur’s unmatchable design has stood out for its rugged sporting look and its fascination with technology.
The sporting style is underlined by the materials used, which are usually employed in car racing, like ceramics and titanium.
The Da Vinci Collection
With over fifty years of tradition to work with, the Da Vinci has always been in step with the times and appealed to enthusiasts for its original design and its top flight complications.
Its sober design, featuring large Arab numbers, thin sword hands and the recessed inner circle, harks back to the iconic Da Vinci Perpetual Calendar of 1985, which in turn was inspired by the work of Leonardo da Vinci.
The curved moving lugs, that are part of this collection’s DNA, enable the integrated straps to wrap around even the slightest wrist, making the Da Vinci particularly appealing to a female audience.
The Aquatimer collection
A collection that accompanies everyone who loves to meet the challenges posed by oceans and seas.
IWC Schaffhausen has over 50 years’ experience in the development and production of professional underwater watches.
The new Aquatimer collection has a bracelet quick-change system (an IWC patent) that makes changing from the steel bracelet to the rubber strap or vice versa extremely simple.
A clock has an internal mechanism that is made up of many cogs that are constantly moving and coming into contact. That’s why IWC Schaffhausen suggests that every watch should be checked every 4-5 years, partly to guarantee the reliability of the watch and the conditions in which it has been used. In this way one can assess the need for a thorough servicing to clean the mechanism of any lubricant oils, which over the years are naturally bound to lose their effectiveness, ensure that the case is still watertight and that the watch is in top working condition.
For all watches, but in especially those that come into contact with water, IWC Schaffhausen recommends checking that the case is still watertight every year. One can ask for a free wet test to confirm water tightness from the Hausmann & Co. Servicing Centre.