About IWC WatchesWhen the American watchmaking entrepreneur Florentine Ariosto Jones created the International Watch Company in 1868, he strove to blend advanced American production techniques with world-famous Swiss craftsmanship. Jones built his company in Schaffhausen, Switzerland, and he harnessed the power of the nearby Rhine River to fuel his advanced manufacturing process. With the help of elite Swiss watchmakers and modern technology, the first IWC watch was born with outstanding quality right from the offset. This Jones calibre, named in the honor of the company's ambitious founder, already established IWC's reputation for luxury quality timepieces.
Popular IWC Watch Collections at Northeastern Fine JewelryAn IWC watch makes an ideal centerpiece for any watch lover’s collection. The Portugieser pieces are some of IWC’s most celebrated designs, as well some of the oldest styles. The first Portugieser IWC watch was crafted during the 1930s at the request of two Portuguese merchants. These timepieces stand out by combining the precision of a pocket watch with the convenience of a modern wristwatch. Technical details such as anti-reflective coating and scratch-resistant sapphire reveal IWC’s attention to manufacturing detail, while the large, round dials and quality alligator bands offer a sophisticated aesthetic. With both style and function, this collection exemplifies the classic gentleman lifestyle.
The Portofino style has also become a favorite IWC watch among both men and women watch enthusiasts. In contrast to the intricate Da Vinci and Pilot timepieces, the Portofino collection goes back to basics with classic round gold cases. Some of the men’s versions of this IWC watch incorporate a 60 second hand and a moon phase complication, while all permutations feature a streamlined, elegant design complete with a diamond bevel. The women’s Portofino styles are similar in design and size, but they come with colored leather band options. From a functional standpoint, the Portofino collection stands out for its 100-foot water resistance and automatic self-winding movement. For collectors seeking the most iconic timepieces on the market, this IWC watch is a must-have