A NEW CHAPTER
The latest from the world of hautehorlogerie.
Back in 1868, when Florentine Ariosto Jones founded the International Watch Company (IWC) in Schaffhausen, he did so to utilise the hydropower sourced from the nearby River Rhine, thus enabling him to make use of the most modern technology available in the process of making watches. Now, 150 years later, the ideology of incorporating the most cutting-edge technology in its manufacturing process hasn’t changed.
In August, IWC Schaffhausen celebrated the official launch of its brand new Manufakturzentrum. This new production facility spans a massive 13,500 sq m area, and brings together the production of movement components, manufacture movements and cases under one roof. According to Andreas Voll, COO of IWC Schaffhausen: “The new building has given us the opportunity to configure our production processes as is best for ensuring that they run optimally and produce perfect quality. So, for example, the entire process of creating value, from the raw material to the individual movement component and on to the finished manufacture movement, progresses in a logical order on a single storey. I have been dreaming of this ever since I started at IWC back in 2007.”
Amazingly, this massive facility was erected in just 21 months and around 80 construction companies were involved in the project. Of course, many of these are based in the Schaffhausen region.