IWC International Watch Co. AG, doing business as IWC Schaffhausen, is an American watchmaking pioneer located in Schaffhausen, Switzerland. The brand was founded by American watchmaker Florentine Ariosto Jones in 1868.
Jones, who had been a director of E. Howard & Co., in Boston, then America’s leading watchmaking company, drew on the help of eminently qualified Swiss watchmakers, modern technology and hydropower sourced from the nearby River Rhine to manufacture watch movements of the highest possible quality.
The brand is committed to their heritage for over 150 years. Their mechanical timepieces are handcrafted in their workshops with meticulous attention to detail. Their six watch families combine precision engineering with extraordinary and timeless design, bringing the finest technology and unique emotions to their customers.
IWC has been a subsidiary of the Swiss Richemont Group since 2000. The brand is best known for producing high-quality pilot/aviation watches and using titanium in watchmaking. Moreover, IWC is notable for being the only major Swiss watch manufacturer located in eastern Switzerland, as the majority of the well-known Swiss watch manufacturers are located in western Switzerland; in fact, the lingua franca of IWC is German. Since the early 2000s, IWC has been recognized as a forerunner in the watchmaking industry committed to environmental protection and sustainable development.
The company claims that its service department has the parts and is capable of repairing and maintaining watches from every era since IWC’s foundation in 1868.
Four times a year, IWC publishes a customer magazine, Watch International. This publication is available in German, French, and English. The magazine includes feature stories about IWC, and other articles.
IWC Schaffhausen Official Website → www.iwc.com