Introducing the IWC USA-Exclusive: Portugieser Tourbillon Hand-Wound “D.H. Craig US” Watch

 |  October 18th, 2016

  Yes, the new watch from IWC is a mouthful. The Portugieser Tourbillon Hand-Wound “D.H. Craig US” Watch – unveiled today — is also an eyeful and a storyful. Well, “storyful” is not really a word, but in this case, it works. The beautiful watch pays homage to Florentine Ariosto Jones – the American founder of the now-famed Swiss brand. Today is the centennial of his death in 1916 – nearly 50 years after he founded The International Watch Company in Schaffhausen Switzerland in 1868. The watch though has so many different elements poured into it that it warrants a bit of a history lesson. Back in 1868, when the then 27-year-old Jones — who had been a watchmaker since…

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Why the Nearly $12,000 IWC Pilot’s Watch Timezoner Chronograph is a Winner

 |  August 3rd, 2016

Earlier this year at SIHH, IWC put a strong emphasis on its entire Pilot’s Watch collection, releasing some pretty impressive, vintage-inspired pieces. The one that stands out in our minds – and is coming to stores now — is the Pilot’s Watch Timezoner Chronograph. A sure-fire collector item with a big reach for today’s consumers, this watch incorporates important functions and technology that can’t be overlooked. To begin with, this combined chronograph and world-time automatic watch is the first that enables the user to set a new time zone, including new time and date, via a twist of the bezel. Additionally, the black and red 24-hour hand indicates day or night on the inner 24-hour ring. This unusual feat –…

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Fulfill Your Dream of SkyWriting via the IWC Skywriter App

 |  June 28th, 2016

Merry half Christmas, happy half Hanukkah, joyous half kwanza! The holidays are here in June courtesy of the folks at IWC Schaffhausen. They’ve launched a new web app, skywriter, for all of  the horological and aeronautical aficionados to play with skywriter.iwc.com. As an avid gamer myself, this site is a lot of fun to play with and sure to be a welcome distraction while at work. The new global digital campaign by IWC, Skywriter invites users to create sky written messages online. To write the messages, one of four vintage airplanes associated with four different pilot watch lines must be selected. The four watch lines used are the Big Pilot, the Perpetual Calendar Digital Date-month and the Pilot Watch Chronograph. Once you…

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A Retrospective of SIHH as it Celebrates 25 Years in 2015

 |  January 14th, 2015

Later this month, the Salon International d’la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) opens its doors to thousands of invited guests from around the world as  16 luxury brand exhibitors unveil their newest timepieces –watches destined to set the trend for the coming year in haute horology. This year marks the 25th edition of the exhibition, which first started in 1991. Interestingly enough, I was there. In fact, except for the year my daughter was born, I have been to every single SIHH and have watched the show morph, grow and become the luxury exhibition it is today. I remember when the announcement was made that Cartier was leaving the Basel Fair and participating in the new luxury show slated to make its debut in Geneva…

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IWC Watches for Women?! Introducing the Portofino Midsize at Watches & Wonders 2014

 |  September 30th, 2014

By Isaac Wingold This year at the annual Watches & Wonders show, IWC has done something quite unexpected. Schaffhausen’s own has unveiled what is, unofficially, its very first women’s collection – an intriguing and bold move from the dive and pilot watch dominated brand. Referred to as the Portofino “Midsize”, IWC hopes to broaden its market to those who prefer smaller sizes or more delicate and jewel-adorned designs. With a large number of models within the collection, there will surely be a piece to tickle the fancy of the most discerning of women. IWC’s Portofino collection has already been wildly successful for the brand. It has long represented an expression of subtle and pure taste, and actually has been popular…

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