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A NEW CHAP­TER

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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.

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