IWC TOP GUN. IWC Schaffhausen

IWC TOP GUN. IWC Schaffhausen

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 Shaffausen have been committed to their tradition of excellence for more than 150 years. Their mechanical timepieces are handcrafted in their workshops with meticulous attention to detail. The six watch families combine precision engineering with extraordinary and timeless design and ethically sourced materials, bringing the finest technology and unparalleled elegance to your wrist.

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IWC’s watch families – the Pilot’s Watches, Portugieser, Ingenieur, Aquatimer, and Portofino – look back on a long tradition. They attest to the innovation of the engineers in Schaffhausen through four generations and embrace the broad range of the company’s watchmaking expertise: from robust watches for everyday use to professional sports watches and the complexities of haute horlogerie at its finest. These are joined by watch specialities such as the Grande Complication and the IWC Vintage Collection.

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The vast majority of Switzerland’s watch manufacturers are based in the French-speaking part of the country, making Schaffhausen an island in the watchmaking industry. Since IWC’s foundation in 1868, the unusual geographical location has helped shape the company’s philosophy. In its premises directly on the banks of the Rhine, IWC produces precision timepieces of lasting value with a clear focus on technology and development. With a passion for innovative solutions and technical inventiveness, IWC has established an international reputation.

Precision Meets Heritage

Since their inception in the mid-1930s, IWC Pilot’s Watches have set the standard for precision and technology in aviation timepieces.

Renowned globally for their cockpit-instrument aesthetic, these watches boast exceptional craftsmanship and resilience. Crafted to endure the rigors of flight, the first IWC pilot watch was designed for civil aviation, featuring a robust build capable of withstanding temperatures ranging from -40°C to +40°C, along with anti-magnetic properties.

Explore the Pilot’s sub-collections, including Performance Materials, Classic, and Antoine de Saint Exupery editions, each embodying the spirit of aviation with distinct design elements.

IWC Pilot's Watch Automatic Top Gun in All black
IWC Portugieser Automatic 40 with stainless steel case and black alligator strap.
Timelessly Modern
the IWC Portugieser

With its crisp yet timelessly modern design, the IWC Portugieser has become a symbol of watchmaking excellence. Originating from a request by two Portuguese merchants in the late 1930s, the Portugieser was conceived as a large wristwatch with the precision of a pocket watch. As one of IWC's oldest and most renowned watch families, it showcases numerous technical feats of haute horlogerie.

The iconic design of Portugieser watches, characterized by their commanding size, simple Arabic numerals, slender feuille hands, and railway-track style chapter ring, originated in the 1930s, setting a trend ahead of its time. Today, its original, well-organized dial with minimalist design elements remains unrivaled as a style icon.

Capturing Mediterranean Chic
Portofino Watches

For over three decades, the Portofino has embodied the essence of Mediterranean style and sophistication. With its classic round gold cases, the Portofino range reintroduced IWC's tradition of functional yet elegant timepieces. The iconic Reference 5251, launched in 1984, marked the beginning of this celebrated collection.

The Portofino watch family has enjoyed enduring success, appealing to both men and women with its timeless design. The minimalist dial, adorned with Roman numerals and slim feuille hands, epitomizes understated luxury.

Originating from the sleek aesthetics of Lepine pocket watches from the 1970s, the Portofino's large, minimalist case design was unveiled in 1984. Since then, these watches have remained a cornerstone of IWC's collection, cherished for their enduring value and timeless appeal.

iwc portofino watch with staddle tan pebbled leather strap
iwc ingenieur stainless steel
Technical Excellence
The IWC Ingenieur

Since 1955, the Ingenieur has been synonymous with rugged sportiness and technical prowess. The Ingenieur is a precision timepiece engineered for maximum protection.

The Ingenieur Automatic 40 showcases meticulous attention to detail and finishing. The satin-finished surfaces elevate its aesthetic appeal. The bracelet boasts closed links without pins, highlighting the craftsmanship. Furthermore, the crown designed for protection accentuates the watch's sporty character.

Combining elegance with sportiness, the IWC Ingenieur is a versatile timepiece that seamlessly transitions between casual and formal settings. Its understated design exudes sophistication while maintaining its rugged appeal, making it a timeless addition to any collection.

Mastering the Depths
Aquatimer Watches

With over 50 years of expertise in professional diver’s watches, IWC caters to those who thrive on the challenges of ocean exploration. While designed for underwater expeditions, the IWC Aquatimer transitions seamlessly to any adventure on land, embodying versatility in its design and functionality.

The patented IWC bracelet quick-change system enhances convenience, allowing effortless switching between steel bracelets and rubber straps. With a simple push and audible engagement, the bracelet securely locks into place, ensuring a hassle-free experience.

Equipped with green and blue Super-LumiNova luminescent coatings, the Aquatimer ensures clear readability underwater and facilitates quick orientation in low visibility conditions. This feature ensures divers can accurately monitor their dive duration and surface safely.

iwc aquatimer watch with black face and black rubber strap