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IWC Schaffhausen

IWC timepieces are handcrafted with meticulous attention to detail. Each collection combines precision engineering with timeless design and ethically sourced materials, bringing the finest technology and elegance to your wrist.

IWC Brand Story

An American watchmaking pioneer named Florentine Ariosto Jones founded the International Watch Company in Schaffhausen in 1868. He 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. IWC have been committed to our tradition of excellence for more than 150 years. Their mechanical timepieces are handcrafted with meticulous attention to detail. The six IWC watch families combine precision engineering with extraordinary and timeless design and ethically sourced materials, bringing the finest technology and unparalleled elegance to your wrist.

Experience the “IWC Portugieser Collection”

In the late 1930s, two Portuguese businessmen ordered wristwatches with the precision of marine chronometers from the International Watch Co. The first “large wristwatch” with a pocket watch calibre was very much ahead of its time. In 1993, this model celebrated its comeback, and was now known as the Portugieser. The Portugieser line established the trend towards the larger wristwatches so popular in the watch industry today, and due to its complex watchmaking technology is an icon in the world of haute horlogerie. Watch connoisseurs appreciate the imposing size of these timepieces as well as the clearly organized dial with its characteristic railway-track-style chapter ring and Arabic numerals. The Portugieser line has always been defined by IWC-manufactured movements and sophisticated complications. The minute repeater, rattrapante or split-seconds hand and in-house movements with a 7- or 8-day power reserve certainly impressed upon their respective debuts. The most exclusive and complicated mechanical watch ever made by IWC is the Portugieser Sidérale Scafusia. This model marks the most outstanding moment so far in the history of the Portugieser family.