IWC Schaffhausen Visit Day

08 Dec. 2017

Dear Fellow Alumns,

Back by popular demand, the next IWC Schaffhausen tour has been organized for Friday December 8th. As before, as well as a tour of the IWC museum and factory, our visit will be attended by Herr Hannes Pantli, a Member of the Board of Directors and a “living icon of IWC”, who will hold a Q&A session at the end of the tour. He is making himself available exclusively for our club.

Due to the limited capacity of the event, registration only for MIT CH Club due-paying members will open automatically on Sunday, October 15th at 12:00. Registration for MIT alumni and guests will be opened automatically at 12:00 on Sunday October 22nd.

I would encourage anyone interested to register asap, as last time the tickets were sold out within a day.

Please find the full event description from Tony Quayle below.

Best regards,

Duane Hudgins
Event Coordinator

MIT Club of Switzerland


The repeat IWC visit is arranged for Friday 8 December. The program will be identical to the first visit on 17 February:


Background Information

IWC, International Watch Company, is today an iconic international Swiss brand of mechanical watches. Yet its origins lie in Boston Massachusetts. Boston watchmaker Florentine Ariosto Jones wanted to combine progressive American production techniques with Swiss craftsmanship. In 1868, only some seven years after the founding of MIT, he found in Schaffhausen an ideal location with hydropower available from the Rhine and, yes, cheap Swiss labor! Today IWC has over 1100 employees, including 120 highly skilled watchmakers. Since 2000 it has been part of the Swiss Richemont Group.

The complete current IWC product range comprises the Pilot’s Watches, Portuguese, Ingenieur, Aquatimer, Da Vinci and Portifino, ranging from robust watches for everyday use through professional and sports watches to highly complex ‘haute horlogerie’. IWC is currently expanding its production of movements so as to become a completely independent manufacturer of mechanical watches. Although IWC has produced only men’s mechanical watches since 1978, when they were bought by the German instrument maker VDO, they have in the last year introduced three ladies’ watches in the da Vinci range.

Our visit will again be hosted by Herr Hannes Pantli, a long-serving IWC Board Member and former Executive Vice-President. Herr Pantli is particularly associated with the design and launch of IWC’s Portfino range in the 1980s, the ‘pocket-watch-style wristwatch’ which pioneered the introduction of larger wristwatches more generally.

Practical Details

Date: Friday 8 December
Time: 13.30 – 16.15

Cost: CHF 30 for MITCCH due-paying members, CHF 40 for MIT alumni & guests

Attendance Limit: IWC has limited the visit to a maximum of 12 members and guests. Prompt response is therefore advised.

Meet Up: Schaffhausen SBB 12.45 (Zurich Hbf dep 12.05 Schaffhausen arr 12.43). Option of quick light lunch before walking to IWC (about 700M or 10 minute walk). For those short of time, there is a later train (Zurich Hbf dep 12.35 Schaffhausen arr 13.13) requiring a prompt walk to IWC (map available on request).