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Manufacture IWC, established in 1868 in Schaffhausen by Florentine Ariosto Jones, a young American, has countless exploits to its name in the field of grandes complications, and is also a pioneer in pilot's watches.

After a long history as an independent firm, IWC joined the Richemont Group in 2000. These "engineers of watchmaking" were the first to work with titanium, while ceramic inspired watches destined for adventurers of every ilk.



Key dates

An American engineer from Boston, Florentine Ariosto Jones, established the “International Watch Co.” in Schaffhausen and started producing pocket watch movements.

IWC produced its first digital display watches based on the patent owned by Mr. Pallweber.

IWC made the “Spezialuhr für Flieger” also known as “Mark IX”, its first watch especially made for pilots.

Demand from the Portuguese market for a large, extremely accurate wristwatch results in the Portuguese with its original pocket watch movement.

The Ingenieur, the first automatic wristwatch with a soft-iron inner case, went into production and was a huge success.

The first compass watch marked the beginning of 20 years of cooperation between IWC & Designer F.A. Porsche.

With the Da Vinci, IWC introduced the first perpetual calendar which has a four digit year display and can be adjusted exclusively via the crown.

After seven years' development, IWC presents the first-ever-wristwatch-size Grande Complication with a perpetual calendar, chronograph and minute repeating mechanism.

1993

The masterpiece, Il Destriero, appeared on the occasion of IWC's 125th anniversary in an edition limited to 125 pieces, fitted with a flying-minute tourbillon and IWC's exclusive split-seconds mechanism.

IWC introduces the 5000 calibre, a automatic mechanical movement with a seven-day power reserve and the winding mechanism of the patented Pellaton system. The Portuguese Automatic, produced in a limited edition, is fitted with this exclusive calibre.

The Portuguese Perpetual Calendar, with its new design of perpetual calendar and the world exclusive two-hemisphere display of the moon phase, maintains the IWC tradition of innovation.

IWC launches a whole new generation of diver's watches named Aquatimer.

Relaunch of the Ingenieur collection supported by the partnership with Mercedes AMG.

Relaunch of the Pilot's watch Classics and Spitfire collection.

2007

IWC presents the tonneau-shaped Da Vinci line. This includes the Da Vinci Chronograph with a completely new IWC-manufactured movement and the Da Vinci Perpetual Calendar Edition Kurt Klaus, named after the man who invented the perpetual calendar, commemorating his golden jubilee with IWC. Other new products include the Big Ingenieur and the Spitfire Double Chronograph. In the summer, the newly designed watch museum opens its doors. A modern, light-flooded space with many attractive exhibits now occupies the area where cases and movement parts were once made, and a multimedia presentation relates the company’s history.

On the 140th anniversary of its foundation, IWC pays homage to the legendary founders of its six watch families in an exclusive IWC Vintage Collection. The West Annexe, built for the company’s watchmakers in the same style as the East Annexe, is completed.

IWC presents a new generation of technically improved Aquatimer watches together with new models. Another premiere: the Da Vinci Perpetual Calendar Digital Date-Month arrives on the scene featuring a digital display for the date and month in large numerals.

IWC launches several new models in the Portuguese watch collection. For the first time ever, the Portuguese Tourbillon Mystère Rétrograde combines the flying tourbillon with a retrograde date display. While the Grande Complication makes its debut in a Portuguese case, the Portuguese Yacht Club Chronograph brings an unmistakably sporty touch to the watch family. And the Da Vinci Chronograph Ceramic, with a case made of extremely durable high-tech ceramic and titanium, features a fascinating three-dimensional chapter ring that appears to hover above the dial.

In its new guise, the classically elegant Portofino watch family combines Swiss precision with Italian joie de vivre. The flagship is the Portofino Hand-Wound Eight Days with its new IWC-manufactured 59210-calibre movement. With its combination of a titanium case, rubber strap and split-seconds hand, the Ingenieur Double Chronograph Titanium is a worthy addition to the Ingenieur watch family. In August, at the European Southern Observatory (ESO) on Cerro Paranal, Chile, IWC presents the most exclusive and complex mechanical wristwatch ever built in Schaffhausen: the Portuguese Sidérale Scafusia. It features a patented constant-force tourbillon together with numerous complications and individually calculated astronomical displays. Every watch is unmistakably unique and made specifically to order.

The year of the high-flyers: IWC takes off with five new TOP GUN models. The TOP GUN Miramar line, with its militarystyle design, references IWC’s longstanding tradition in the manufacture of deck watches. Taking pride of place in the elegant Spitfire line, which comes in a more luxurious look with new features, is the Spitfire Perpetual Calendar Digi- tal Date-Month. And in the Classics collection with its authentic cockpit-style design, the Pilot’s Watch Worldtimer continues the success of the UTC Pilot’s Watches.

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