IWC Schaffhausen celebrated its 150th birthday and the launch of its Jubilee collection with a gala evening at SIHH 2018.
In celebration of its 150th anniversary, IWC showcased their Jubilee collection at the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie 2018, comprising 28 limited-edition watches from the Portugieser, Portofino, Pilot’s Watches, and Da Vinci families that feature special dials in white or blue lacquer produced using a complex lacquering process:
- Portugieser: The Portugieser Constant-Force Tourbillon Edition “150 Years” representing a technical highlight of the Jubilee collection.
- Portofino: The Hand-Wound Moon Phase in gold and stainless steel with a white or blue lacquered dial; Portofino Chronograph and Portofino Automatic are available in the distinctive anniversary design.
- Pilot’s Watches: All three limited-edition pieces are recognised by their characteristic dials in white or blue lacquer.
- Da Vinci: The Da Vinci Automatic Edition “150 Years” with small seconds at “6 o’clock” is the first watch to feature the new IWC-manufactured 82200 calibre; Da Vinci Automatic Moon Phase 36 Edition “150 Years” whose case and moving lugs are paved with 206 pure white diamonds amounting to 2.26 carats.
- IWC Tribute to Pallweber Edition “150 Years”: IWC’s first pocket watch with a digital hours and minutes display since the production of the historical Pallweber pocket watch was discontinued in 1890.
- “IWC Tribute to Pallweber” wristwatches: Windows of the digital display are labelled as “Hours” and “Minutes” – a reference to the historic Pallweber watches and tribute to F. A. Jones, the American watchmaker who founded IWC
At their exclusive gala evening, the Maison spared no expense in making their 150th anniversary a memorable and glamorous one. About 800 guests attended, including IWC brand ambassadors and international celebrities Cate Blanchett, Bradley Cooper, and James Marsden.
Hosted by TV presenter Tess Daly, the evening was filled with performances by Aloe Blacc, jazz drummer Eric Harland, singers Ronan Keating, and Paloma Faith.
In the day, IWC brand ambassadors and celebrities visited the IWC booth designed in the industrial style of the early days of IWC. The centrepiece of the booth was a gigantic time machine with digital display discs inspired by timepieces like the Pallweber watch.
Images courtesy of IWC Schaffhausen
Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie 2018