Inside IWC History

13 Dec 2019

90 VIP guests comprising IWC Schaffhausen’s and Sincere Fine Watches’ most valued clients celebrated the grand opening of the Inside IWC History Exhibition in Singapore. Taking place at the Main Atrium of Takashimaya Shopping Centre, the retrospective showcase put forth on display a total of 15 historical references from IWC’s iconic Pilot’s Watches, Portugieser and Portofino lines, all of which guests had the opportunity to admire in the presence of Guest-of-Honour, IWC Museum Curator Dr. David Seyffer.

“Our Pilot’s Watches, Portugieser and Portofino lines hold global recognition not only within the IWC community, but also the greater world of watchmaking,” says Mr. Stanislas Rambaud, Managing Director for IWC South East Asia. “We are very proud to showcase, with our esteemed partner Sincere Fine Watches, the history of these lines through this unique exhibition concept in Singapore,” he adds.

Travelling directly from the IWC Museum in Schaffhausen, highlights included the Pilot’s Watch Mark 11 from 1948, famous for introducing the anti-magnetic, soft-iron inner case; the Portugieser Ref. 325 from 1942, sought after by Portuguese ship captains who desired large wristwatches with the precision of pocket watches; and the Portofino Hand Wound Moonphase Ref. 5251 which, unveiled in 1984, was developed from a pocket watch by IWC’s former design head Hanno Burtscher and master watchmaker Kurt Klaus.

Showcased around the 38-square-metre exhibition booth, which is designed in the same modernist elements as the company’s manufacture in Schaffhausen, were also three striking creations that expressed the company’s less known feminine side, one of which is the Savonette Lady’s Pocket Watch “Jones”. Shown for the very first time outside Switzerland, the artfully decorated timepiece was the first women’s watch ever built by IWC.

“The Inside IWC History Exhibition exemplifies not only the creative and innovative spirit of IWC, but also further strengthens our ongoing 30-year-long partnership with the company,” says Mr. Ong Ban, CEO of Sincere Fine Watches. “We look forward to presenting many more unique showcases of this nature in the decades ahead,” he adds.

The Inside IWC History Exhibition is open to the public daily, from 10am to 9.30pm. Admission is free.