The heritage of IWC is deeply rooted in American pioneering spirit and entrepreneurship. Florentine Ariosto Jones, a watchmaker from Boston, founds the International Watch Company in 1868. He draws on the help of eminently qualified Swiss watchmakers, modern technology, and hydropower sourced from the nearby River Rhine to manufacture pocket watch movements of the highest possible quality.
The Schaffhausen manufactory became known worldwide mainly for pilot's watches, which have been part of the permanent portfolio since the 1930s. They all enjoy cult status – from the 1936 pilot special watch to the legendary IWC Mark 11 and modern model ranges such as the Spitfire and Top Gun.
The dress watch series such as the Portugieser, the Portofino and the Da Vinci have also become absolute classics and inspire watch fans from all over the world. The same goes for the Engineer and the Aquatimer. They also contribute to IWC Schaffhausen enjoying an excellent reputation.
After IWC becomes a part of Richemont, the company continuously expands its six watch families with precision engineering and exclusive design.