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 was to combine modern American production technologies with the craftsmanship of Swiss watchmakers to create the finest pocket watches of the time. In doing so, he not only laid the foundations for IWC's unique engineering approach, but also initiated the centralized production of mechanical watches in Switzerland.
In its 150-year history, IWC Schaffhausen has distinguished itself by creating functional, ingenious, rugged and user-friendly complications; particularly chronographs and calendars. A pioneer in the use of titanium and ceramics, IWC specialises in the production of high-tech cases made of cutting-edge materials such as titanium aluminide and Ceratanium®. Favouring the principle of form follows function over aesthetics, the Swiss watch manufacturer's timeless creations embody the dreams and ambitions of their wearers.
In the new Manufakturzentrum, which opened in 2018, IWC Schaffhausen brings together traditional watchmaking craftsmanship with state-of-the-art production methods and technologies. In the manufacture of components and cases, state-of-the-art turning and milling stations guarantee the highest quality and precision. The assembly of the manufacture movements, on the other hand, requires careful manual work. It is only through the expert hands of the watchmaker that the mechanical heart of the watch begins to beat.
IWC purchases materials responsibly and acts to minimize its impact on the environment, creating inherently sustainable watches that are built to last generation after generation. The company prides itself on training its future watchmakers and engineers and providing an excellent working environment for all employees. IWC also works with organizations that benefit youth and children around the world.