|Designer Luxury Watches|
Expert Swiss craftsmanship combine classic design, superb quality and workmanship to create this unique (and limited) line of timepieces!
An IWC is not a mass product. This can be verified anytime
in the manufacturer's "pedigree ledger". Since 1882 IWC has been engraving
an individual serial number and the caliber designation on each IWC movement
and also entering by hand in the pedigree ledger all the details about the
reference number, caliber, material, case number, delivery date from the
factory and the recipient.
The case number 1107985 of a world famous owner of an IWC pocket watch: Sir Winston Churchill. Eight Swiss Physicians presented this time piece to him on the occasion of his now famous address in the Great Hall at Zurich University on September 19, 1946. In the pedigree book there is the entry: the watch (movement # 955025) left the factory on November 11,1944. Its scheduled date for re-testing was November 2000, it made it to the appointment.
IWC offers men's watches and pocket watches, they also produce a women's line.
In the 1860's an American was to make a lasting impression on the Swiss watch scene visited Switzerland with the idea of setting up a watch factory to take advantage of the lower wage rates and the local expertise. In 1869 Florentine Ariosto Jones from Boston settled in the Schaffhausen in eastern Switzerland---an unlikely spot, far from the traditional watchmaking centers of Geneva and the Jura--where he was offered a factory with hydro-electric power from the Rhine. Jones, who had visions of exporting his products back to the US called his company the International Watch Co.
The survival of the company owes much to a talented
watchmaker, Urs Haenggi, who joined in 1883 and stayed the rest of his
life. He put the companies affairs in order and introduced new calibers to
the products. Rauschenbachs son and successor had proved of little help,
but his granddaughter Bertha had married Ernst Homberger, a Schaffhausen
industrialist, who in 1905 was awarded powers of attorney to act for
members of the family, which included Bertha's elder sister and her husband
C.G. Jung, the famous Psychiatrist.