Possibly the most famous watchmaker in the Swiss town of Schaffhausen, IWC is pulling out all the stops for its 150th anniversary celebration with no less than 29 watches (so far) for the limited edition commemorative Jubilee collection. This and some historical timepieces are on display at the IWC 150th Anniversary Exhibition in Singapore's ION Orchard from now until 13 May, 2018.

In 1868, a 27-year-old American watchmaker by the name of Florentine Ariosto Jones sailed from Boston to Schaffhausen in Switzerland. His mission? To combine traditional Swiss craftsmanship with modern machine technology from the US for his new watch company. With the aim of selling watches exclusively to the US market, the industrialisation of Swiss watchmaking paid off handsomely for Jones, who was able to produce 10,000 pieces per year.

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Fast forward one-and-a-half century later, IWC is today a major international watch brand, and one with a rich legacy in micro-mechanical engineering that includes an iconic perpetual calendar module and the inventive pawl-winding mechanism named after one of its master watchmakers, Albert Pellaton.

Showcasing this unique expertise is the IWC Schaffhausen 150th Anniversary Exhibition, currently happening at Level 1 Atrium of ION Orchard, Singapore. It serves as the perfect platform to gain a deeper insight into the manufacture without actually visiting the manufacture itself.

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Pallweber pocket watch (Photo: IWC)
Above Pallweber pocket watch (Photo: IWC Schaffhausen)

“For 150 years, IWC has remained true to the legacy of F.A. Jones and made many lasting impressions from both an artistic and a technical perspective in fine watchmaking,” says Stanislas Rambaud, managing director of IWC Southeast Asia. “Looking back is just as important as looking forward. The juxtaposition of iconic historical creations and the new Jubilee collection makes for a compelling story.”

Indeed, the exhibition will also retrace some of IWC’s finest moments via archival pieces such as the Pallweber pocket watch with jumping hour and minute displays from 1884, and the Ingenieur watch endowed with Pellaton's famed winding system created in 1950.

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Ingenieur endowed with the Pellaton winding mechanism (Photo: IWC)
Above Ingenieur endowed with the Pellaton winding mechanism (Photo: IWC Schaffhausen)