Georges Kern: Breitling’s new “Wing Commander”

On 14 July 2017, Compagnie Financière Richemont SA announced the immediate resignation of their Head of Watchmaking, Marketing and Digital, Georges Kern. According to a Reuters report, he was four months into his new role. Watch industry observers will be familiar with this industry veteran who was formerly the chief executive officer of IWC Schaffhausen. The 52-year-old Kern has a … More

IWC Portofino Hand-Wound Pure Classic: View from the rear

On the dial side, IWC’s 43.5mm Portofino Hand-Wound Pure Classic Ref. IW511101 looks like a simple two-hand watch. However, its looks are deceiving; flip the watch over and there will be collectors who will recognise this movement: the Manufacture Calibre 59060 manual-winding movement with eight days or 192 hours of power reserve once fully wound. The first question collectors might … More

IWC Aquatimer Watches and the Sands of Time

The Aquatimer collection is IWC’s main highlight for 2014 and the new models were launched at the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie held in January in Geneva, Switzerland. The first IWC Aquatimer was introduced in 1967 and the name of the collection is derived by combining the words aqua for water and timer for timing. Interestingly, sand is not … More

IWC’s Winning Formula: Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton

It was merely a matter of time before Formula One drivers Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg, both from the Mercedes AMG Petronas team, were to become ambassadors for IWC. Well, this is simply because one year earlier, on 8 May 2012, the announcement of the partnership agreement between IWC and the Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One team was made. A … More