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A short history of IWC Schaffhausen
In 1868 the American watchmaker Florentine Ariosto Jones established IWC Schaffhausen. He previously served as the director of the American watch company “E. Howard & Co” in Boston, Massachusetts, which was the leading watch company in America at that time. The headquarters of IWC is located in the Swiss city of Schaffhausen.
The official name of the brand is “IWC Schaffhausen”, but can also be referred to as “IWC” or “Schaffhausen”. These names are and can be used interchangeably.
IWC stands for International Watch Company, and Schaffhausen refers to a small Swiss city called Schaffhausen, near the Swiss-German border. Unlike most Swiss luxury watch manufacturers, IWC is located in eastern and northern Switzerland. Most Swiss luxury watch manufacturers are located in western Switzerland close to the French border.
Today IWC is wholly owned by Richemont Group.