IWC is releasing a special commemorative timepiece in honor of the 100 years since the death of their brand’s founder, Florentine Ariosto Jones. The only American to have ever founded and owned a Swiss watchmaking company. His decease occurred in 1916, approximately 50 years after he founded the “International Watch Company” in 1868.


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The American engineer and watchmaker, Florentine Ariosto Jones, was born in 1841 in Rumney, New Hampshire. Back in 1868, he left America to start his own watch company in Schaffhausen. Switzerland. He was only 27 years old at the time, that’s why this limited edition watch only manufactured 27 pieces. The move to Switzerland was a natural one, since it was (and still is) a repository of vast horology knowledge and it also provided lower labor costs.


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So, who is “D.H. Craig”?… Well, this timepiece has been conceived to also pay tribute to one of Florentine Jones, most important acquaintances. “Daniel Hastings Craig” was his uncle, but also a mentor and the principal financial support, which allowed Florentine Jones to pursue his ambitions. So, it seems quite fitting that we can see the Florentine signature on dial and the “D.H.Craig” name on the caseback, since he provided the “backup money”.


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The most famous mechanism manufactured at IWC during the time it was run by Florentine A. Jones, was the “Jones 2N Pattern H caliber”, which even back then had his uncle’s name “D.H. Craig” engraved on the movement’s metal base, as a thankful gesture.


The “Jones 2N Pattern H caliber” * Image courtesy of: IWC

The 43mm case is made of 18k red gold, which makes it one of IWC’s biggest models. Its size is also a call back to an era of pocket watches and the times when Florentine Jones and D.H. Craig were still around. The watch has a transparent caseback, allowing to glimpse inside at the inner mechanical movement. Both sides of the case are covered by a sapphire glass, arched edge, with anti-reflective coating on both sides.


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Time is exhibited on a silver-plated white dial with Arabic numerals, while a railroad minute index track circles around the dial near the bezel. There is a sub-seconds at 6 o’clock position and the tourbillon can be seen at the 9 o’clock spot. This minute tourbillon eliminates the influence of gravity on the balance, ensuring a high level of precision in combination with a frequency of 28,800 beats per hour.


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Besides the homage, IWC is taking the celebration a step further by teaming up with a non-profit organization dedicated to saving American street clocks. Together they have pledged to maintain and restore the historic street clock in New York City.  So, with the help of IWC, the “Save America’s Clocks (SAC)” organization will assist in restoring the “E. Howard Watch & Clock Company” street clock in New York. And IWC has also established a mini museum in its New York and Los Angeles boutiques, in order to showcase the history of F.A. Jones and his calibers.


The history of F.A. Jones and his calibers. * Image courtesy of: IWC

IWC Portugieser Tourbillon Hand-Wound D.H. Craig US

This “IWC Portugieser Tourbillon Hand-Wound D.H. Craig US” (Ref#: IW546306) is powered by a hand-wound mechanical movement, caliber 98900, with 21 jewels and 28,800 vph. Power reserve on this timepiece can last up to 54 hours when fully wound; while water-resistance can reach up to 30m (96 feet).


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Mounted to the watch is a black alligator strap by Santoni, secured by an 18k red gold pin buckle. This is a limited edition watch of only 27 produced pieces and is exclusively available for sale at IWC boutiques and authorized retailers in the United States. Also included with this timepiece is a numbered Santoni passport holder, as a reminder of Jones’s journey to Europe as a young man; as well as a copy of the book “F.A. Jones – His Life, Legacy and Watches”.


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Numbered Santoni passport holder. * Image courtesy of: IWC

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Written by Mauro Az