It is difficult to imagine that as early as 150 years ago, an American, only 27 years old, was an associate director and manager of a leading American watchmaker, while the United States was in the ‘Western University During the ‘development’ period, what kind of obsession led him to give up everything in the United States to cross the Atlantic Ocean and cross the ocean to Switzerland.
Florentine 创始人, founder of IWC Ariosto Jones (Florentine Ariosto Jones) came to Switzerland with the ambition of combining outstanding Swiss watchmaking technology with advanced American engineering technology to produce extraordinary quality watches. The first plant of IWC was built. Incorporate American avant-garde spirit, Swiss fine craftsmanship and rational German design into watchmaking in the world.
Around 1870, IWC’s first homemade ‘Jones’ movement was born. The movement used an extended fine-tuning needle, also known as the ‘FA Jones Arrow’, which is still remembered today. It is also a watch manufacturer. An important milestone in history.
As the so-called ‘one shot at a time’, IWC’s reputation has since become famous, confirming the precise, sturdy and practical tough style of the watch. This year, on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of IWC, let’s review the six watches of IWC.
Left: IWC’s first pilot-only watch
Right: Big Pilot Big Date ‘150th Anniversary’ Special Edition Watch (Model: IW510504)
In 1936, IWC introduced the first wrist watch specifically designed for pilots. After that, in 1948, the Mark 11 wristwatch was launched, and the Schaffhausen pilots have since become famous. They have been extolled to this day. The models include large pilot watches and pilot chronograph watches. This year, for the first time, IWC incorporated the big digital date display into the Pilot’s Watch, and launched a special edition of the ‘150th Anniversary’ of the Big Pilot’s Big Date. There are also white and blue dials, both limited to 150 pieces.
Left: The first Portuguese pocket watch (model: 325)
Right: Portuguese manual winding eighth day ‘150th anniversary’ special edition watch (model: IW510212)
In 1939, two Portuguese watch importers from the watch industry visited IWC’s watchmaking factory in Schaffhausen and ordered a watch with a stainless steel case as accurate as a marine chronograph. The appearance of the Portuguese pocket watch (model 325), with its simple and classic design, was very avant-garde at the time, and also laid the foundation for the later IWC Portugal series. On the occasion of the 150th anniversary of IWC this year, IWC launched a special edition of the ‘150th Anniversary’ watch with Portuguese manual winding eight-day power reserve, which continued the simple design style of the original model, with a white lacquered dial and blue hands. And equipped with IWC-made 59215 movement, providing up to 8 days of power reserve, made of red gold and stainless steel, limited to 250 and 1000 respectively.
Left: First engineer’s watch
Right: Engineer’s Automatic Watch (Model: IW357001)
In 1955, Albert Pellaton, then the technical director of IWC, developed the first engineer series watch. The watch case contains a soft iron inner case, which allows the movement to Normal operation under magnetic field environment interference. The appearance of the contemporary engineer series watch has always been the initial watch design, which is more optimized in details, and still outstanding in performance and anti-magnetic.
Left: First Marine Timepiece
Right: Special Edition of Darwin’s Adventure with Ocean Chronograph (Model: IW379503)
After the advent of the Ocean Timepiece in 1967, IWC launched a series of diving watches with great success. Its water-resistant depth reaches an unprecedented 200 meters, and equipped with an exclusive built-in rotating bezel, it is an essential watch for professional divers. Today, with the continuous exploration of IWC, IWC marine watches can dive to a depth of 2,000 meters, and the brand’s unique built-in rotating bezel has become a unique beautiful landscape in diving watches.
Left: First Da Vinci watch (model: 3501)
Right: Da Vinci Automatic 150th Anniversary Special Edition (Model: IW358103)
In 1969, IWC’s first Da Vinci watch was unveiled at the Baselworld, with its unique hexagonal gold case and its avant-garde style. Last year, the IWC Da Vinci series returned with a round case, which has once again attracted much attention. This year, a special edition of the 150th anniversary of the Da Vinci automatic watch was launched on this basis. It is made of red gold or stainless steel with different dial colors. Self-produced movement. The red gold model is limited to 250 pieces and the steel version is limited to 500 pieces.
Left: The first Portofino watch (model: 5251)
Right: Portofino Hand-wound Moon Phase Special Edition ‘150th Anniversary’ (Model: IW516401)
IWC’s Portofino collection was launched in 1978. At that time, Günter Blümlein, the helm of IWC, personally participated in the development of the first Portofino watch. Portofino is the most elegant and elegant series of IWC watches. In 2016, IWC returned the moon phase display function to the Portofino series, and this year launched the Portofino manual winding moon phase. The special edition of the ‘150th Anniversary’ of the watch perfectly displays the moon phases, eight-day moving reserve and date display on the dial. Red gold is limited to 150 pieces and stainless steel is limited to 350 pieces.
The 150th anniversary of IWC has been hard to imagine, but since the founder Mr. Jones, his relentless pursuit of excellent timepieces, each watch has combined this superb craftsmanship with extraordinary timeless design The concept of watchmaking is still rooted in the brand spirit of IWC. What wonderful masterpieces will this watch brand from Schaffhausen bring to us in the future? Let’s look forward to it!