IWC Schaffhausen has been a leader in luxury watchmaking since 1868. Located in Switzerland, the company was founded by American engineer and watchmaker Florentine Ariosto Jones, with the intention of combining Swiss craftsmanship with modern engineering technology from the States. By 1884, IWC had passed the hands of ownership and become a Swiss brand.
One of the most iconic IWC pocket watches was crafted during this time – a mechanical digital watch known as the Pallweber. The beautifully crafted timepiece was named after the Austrian watchmaker, Josef Pallweber, who patented his invention and licensed it to IWC.
The mechanics of the watch showed the hours and minutes in large numerals, on rotating discs. The 1884 piece showed a fascinating display based on a digital indication of both the hours and minutes – a first back then. The hour and minute displays, much like the date indicator on a contemporary watch, is what made it much ahead of its time. While most IWC pocket watch movements were identifiable due to their internal movements, the Pallweber was identified by its dial. These watches were produced by IWC with ‘hours’ and ‘minutes’ written on them in several different languages.
Crafted between the years of 1885 and 1887, IWC went on to produce approximately 20,000 Pallweber-system pocket watches. Highly popular at first, as the years passed, the market grew tired. After the year 1887 production ceased, resulting in a limited edition production of these iconic Pallweber pocket watches, making them one of the most cherished IWC pocket watches.
Over a century later, paying homage to one of their oldest mechanical digital pocket watches as a celebration of their 150 years, IWC released three Limited Edition Pallweber Tribute timepieces. These pieces of exquisite craftsmanship have a long winding trajectory of a history that speaks to the brand’s growth and success. As these limited edition pieces adorn various wrists, they commemorate IWC’s legacy in horology and also make for a flourishing investment.