Celebrated Swiss luxury watch manufacturer IWC Schaffhausen commemorated 150 years of fine watchmaking together with its retail partner in Sri Lanka, Chatham Luxury, at an intimate dinner for guests in The 1864 Restaurant at The Galle Face Hotel on Thursday, 7th March 2019. The event was hosted by Mehdi Rajan, IWC’s Regional Brand Director for the Middle East, India and Africa, alongside Director of Chatham Luxury, Siddarth Hirdaramani.
VIP guests were given the opportunity to discover and experience the inimitable craftsmanship of IWC with an exclusive walk-through of the brand’s limited-edition Jubilee collection. Designed specially to mark 150 years of excellence in watchmaking, the IWC Jubilee collection is comprised of 29 limited-edition models from the Portugieser, Portofino, Pilot’s Watch and Da Vinci families, as well as the Tribute to Pallweber timepieces. While representatives from IWC and Chatham introduced guests to each of the unique watches on display, Mehdi Rajan was also on hand to explain the story behind each timepiece.
Speeches by Mehdi Rajan and Siddarth Hirdaramani paid tribute to the Swiss watch manufacturer’s unparalleled contribution to haute horlogerie over the years, rounding out a most memorable evening.
IWC was founded by American watchmaking pioneer Florentine Ariosto Jones in Schaffhausen in 1868, with the aim of combining skilled Swiss craftsmanship with American manufacturing technology to create the best pocket watches of the time. Now, 150 years later, the brand has created some of the world’s most iconic timepieces, merging classic design with contemporary engineering.
Multi-brand luxury watch boutique Chatham Luxury Watches has partnered with IWC since 2013 as its sole retailer for Sri Lanka, providing customers with not just its line of signature timepieces, but with expert, authorized after-sales service. In addition to the extensive IWC collection carried at its flagship boutique, customers can also place an order for any watch offered by the brand.