IWC is driven by a desire to create innovative watches that unite technology and engineering with an exclusive design. From time to time, the watchmakers work on a single masterpiece for several weeks.
However, for a watch to show the exact time all the time, every one of the tiny parts must be perfectly matched to each other. Excellent quality management is therefore an absolute must. Many of the measurements have tolerances of just 2 micrometers (a single hair is 50 times as thick!).
Until four years ago, IWC relied on manual measurements in quality management. Four years ago, IWC introduced a new process to enable it to make differentiated statements about the quality with minimal work – with Carl Zeiss Industrial Metrology at its side: "IWC Schaffhausen is a growing international company that combines precision, technology, perfection and uniqueness into its products. Over the course of our expansion, we therefore decided to rely on a partner in quality assurance that also lives these values," states Thomas Bregel, Associate Director of Quality at IWC, explaining the partnership with Carl Zeiss.