In 1868 the 27 year old American watchmaker, Florentine Ariosto Jones, founded the International Watch Company (IWC) in Schaffhausen, Switzerland. Since then, IWC have and continue to create internationally recognised masterpieces of haute horlogerie – from pocket watches to wrist watches – combining renowned Swiss craftsmanship with modern engineering technology and hydropower from the River Rhine.
Meticulously handcrafted. Each timepiece is individually recorded. The story of every watch begins in the workshop, where its personality and characteristics are born. The Portugieser Yacht Club Chronograph – a 43.5 millimetre, 659 part, automatic marvel, crafted from long hours of dedicated artisanship and attention to minute detail, is no exception. When this elegant and sporty watch arrived in the Cudoni headquarters we were captivated by its beauty.
During the early 1900s IWC’s first Portugieser model was produced. With its flyback function, additional flange and analogue display, the Yacht Club Chronograph is undeniably sporty. Slim, yet exceptionally rugged, its stainless steel case, silver plated dial and black rubber strap is enticing. Water resistant to 6 bar and powered by a 89361 calibre movement, IWC’s sportiest timepiece is the perfect accompaniment for weekends and holidays spent sailing and yachting.
These exquisite watches undergo a stringent testing process, as each new pilot series is put through 30 gruelling tests, to examine the watch’s reaction under extreme conditions.
IWC’s watch designers harmonise form and function, representing a heritage and legacy in precise engineering and extraordinary design, that is still being written. In a modern era, where many people are more accustomed to checking their smart phones, than their wrists for the time, the endearing and unique charm of Swiss craftsmanship is even more irresistible. The romance of an elegant handcrafted timepiece will never die.