MADE CIRCA: 1920
MATERIAL: 18ct Yellow Gold
MOVEMENT: Manual Mechanical
IWC (International Watch Company) was born from a fusion of American engineering and the long standing skill of Swiss watch makers. It was founded in 1868 by the American, Florentine Ariosto Jones.
Jones was already director of the successful American watchmaking company, E. Howard & Co and wished to establish a watchmaking business in Switzerland to combine the craftsmanship of the Swiss with the modern engineering technology from the U.S. to manufacture movements and watch parts for the American market.
However, he was at first met with opposition by the Swiss French. The local community believed Jones would steal jobs from the people but instead, Jones managed to establish a thriving watchmaking workshop in the town of Schaffhausen that has come to bring both careers and acclaim to the local community and put this humble town on the map.
IWC’s official motto is ‘Probus Scafusia’ meaning "good, solid craftsmanship from Schaffhausen", a testament to the success of such a marriage of cultures and ideas.
This fine pocket watch sets itself apart from others as it features both a lavish dial made of mother of pearl and that is bares a chronometer movement: a movement tested independently by COSC; Contrôle Officiel Suisse des Chronomètres, the Official Swiss Chronometer Testing Institute, responsible for certifying the accuracy and precision of timepieces in Switzerland.
- “The Jazz Age”—jazz and jazz-influenced dance music became widely popular throughout the decade.
- Beginning of the Art Deco movement.
- F. Scott Fitzgerald publishes some of the most enduring novels characterizing the Jazz Age. This Side of Paradise, The Beautiful and Damned, and The Great Gatsby, as well as three short story collections, were all published in these years.