24 August 2020
An exciting new virtual experience will enable watch enthusiasts to explore IWC’s headquarters from their own homes.
Via a live stream from Schaffhausen, visitors will be able to take a customised tour of the museum and manufacturing centre, as well as observe first-hand a watchmaker at work, using the Swiss company’s innovative new Cyberloupe technology.
Offering the same insight enjoyed on the ever-popular in-person tours, each virtual journey will be adapted to the special interests of guests and narrated in real-time by knowledgeable guides.
A highly interactive and unique experience, the tours’ ease and convenience will open up IWC’s world and its iconic timepieces to more people than ever before.
“With these newly developed virtual tours, visitors will go on an interactive, personalised and memorable journey of discovery, bringing them as close as possible to our home in Schaffhausen, no matter where they may be,” explains Christoph Grainger-Herr, CEO of IWC Schaffhausen.
“Not only will they gain exciting insights into our history and the complex engineering behind our timepieces, but they will also be immersed into the world of IWC in a completely new way.”
The journey begins with an introduction to the brand’s rich history before a guide welcomes guests to the manufacturing centre. Short videos with live commentary and video links to different departments place visitors at the heart of the watchmaking process. From the production of movement parts, to cases and assembly, every significant step is covered.
Guides also offer a deep-dive into more specific topics like mechanical decoration or advanced case materials, if desired.
IWC’s patented Cyberloupe technology delivers another tour highlight. The specially developed version of a watchmaker’s magnifying glass features an integrated camera and network connection, allowing visitors to stream the watchmaker’s viewpoint in real-time to their screens.
An unprecedented way to explore the inner workings of a movement or learn about complications, the Cyberloupe allows online visitors a fascinating look at IWC’s intricate work.
Exploring IWC’s manufacturing centre online using such up-to-date digital technology suits the building perfectly.
Inaugurated in 2018, the factory reflects the same blend of tradition and modern production methods championed by founder Florentine Ariosto Jones in 1868. State-of-the-art machinery and meticulous hand-craftsmanship are brought together under one roof.
Similarly, the virtual tours rely on modern communication channels to enable visitors from anywhere in the world to discover the brand’s heritage and future at just the touch of a button.