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Before modern engineering technology started being used to mass-produce products, craftspersons would manually build products. Craftperson watchmakers are known artisans (a person that makes a high-quality or distinctive product in small quantities, usually by hand or using traditional methods), manually would build a Portugieser Chronograph watch. Today, the majority of wristwatches are factory-made. However, artisans crafted wristwatches, including all their parts, by hand.

In 1868, American engineer and watchmaker Florentine Ariosto Jones, who had been a director of E. Howard & Company, then the leading American watch company, founded the International Watch Company. The intent was to combine Swiss craftsmanship with modern engineering technology from the U.S. to manufacture watch movements and other watch parts for the American market.

IWC Portugieser Chronograph
IWC Portugieser Chronograph
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Four times a year, IWC publishes a customer magazine, Watch International. This publication is available in German, French, and English. The magazine includes feature stories about IWC, and other articles


The IWC offers an online virtual manufacturer tour. Via a live stream from Schaffhausen and accompanied by knowledgeable ambassadors, you will get an overview of the history of the brand and the complex manufacturing process of the IWC timepieces. It’s a one-hour experience closeup that will let you look over the shoulder of a watchmaker and witness the moment a mechanical movement comes to life. Visit the IWC Manufakturzentrum.

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