One hundred and fifty years ago, Boston watchmaker Florentine Ariosto Jones established the International Watch Company. In 2018, IWC is still the only Swiss watch brand founded by an American. To celebrate a century and a half of watchmaking, IWC is breaking from its usual tradition of releasing a family of watches and is instead releasing a special Jubilee Collection.
The IWC Jubilee Collection will feature 27 limited-edition models across four families of the IWC brand. Limited models of the Portugieser, Portofino, Da Vinci, and Pilot’s Watch collections will be united by imprinted dials in either all white with blued hands, or blue dials with rhodium plated hands. Each dial is finished with multiple layers of lacquer to achieve a look reminiscent of vintage enamel-dialed pocket watches. All of the limited-edition models are mounted on black alligator leather straps produced by Italian footwear specialist Santoni, an exclusive partner of IWC Schaffhausen. Here is a look at five of our favorite models that premiered at SIHH 2018.