Timepiece Tips: How to shop for your first IWC Schaffhausen
Make sure it fits your wrist in terms of size, and sits well with your lifestyle, like if you play a lot of sports or dive, advises Matthieu Dupont, managing director of IWC South East Asia.
If you have made up your mind to invest in your first IWC Schaffhausen, good for you! It is then time to think harder on how this purchased piece will augment your lifestyle for you. As is the case with other watches, your timepiece should always suit your lifestyle and background, whether you are sporty or like to stand out with a little animal motif. And who better to advise us on this topic than Matthieu Dupont, managing director of IWC South East Asia.
Managing director of IWC South East Asia, Matthieu Dupont
A longtime enthusiast of watchmaking and art, his career has taken him through different brands but he has always had a special affinity for IWC on a personal basis. Here are a condensed summary of his useful pointers to consider before you step into IWC’s boutique in Pavilion KL or any watch retailer carrying the brand.
Gather your data and see if it suits your personality
“Before making your first purchase, I recommend that you research on the brand and find out more about the brand’s DNA, history and vision. From there, you will be able to decide if the brand resonates with your beliefs. Since 1868, IWC has been creating masterpieces of haute horlogerie that combine precision engineering with exclusive design. Our illustrious history has piqued the interest of many watch enthusiasts, who are keenly interested in our innovative approach to engineering, design and the art of making beautiful watches.”
“Each of our six watch families are distinctly unique, from robust watches for everyday use to professional sports watches to the complexities of Haute Horlogerie. The product families characteristic of IWC appeal to a variety of temperaments and passions. Each family represents a different theme, allowing a variety of choices for any watch enthusiast”
Choose a timepiece that could best enhance your life’s passions
“Then, ask yourself, do have a general understanding of complications to ascertain if you want these added features to your watch? The functionality of the watch play an important part of decision making. For instance, if you are an avid diver, then the 2014 Aquatimer collection would be highly suitable as it is equipped with an impressive new rotating bezel system, new technical features and the design is distinctively purist in appeal with discreet colours.”
IWC Aquatimer Collection
Size Does Matter
“Decide on an appropriate timepiece size for your wrist. IWC is known for its robust case sizes, with the legendary Big Pilot’s Watch at 46-mm, making it a popular choice amongst watch enthusiasts with a penchant for oversized watches. With the new Portofino Midsize collection at a slightly smaller 37-mm case size, IWC introduces watches suitable for watch lovers both male and female, perfect for a slimmer wrist.”
IWC Portofino Mid-Size Automatic
The Devil is in the Details of the Watch
“The type of watch bracelets you pick should also be taken into consideration as they will alter the overall look and feel of your outfit. Leather bracelets would be more formal, while metal bracelets tend to be slightly more casual. You will be interested to know that since 2011, Santoni has exclusively produced handcrafted watch straps for IWC which perfectly complements our Portofino watch line. With the new Portofino Midsize collection, we introduced Santoni leather watch straps in more colours, and also a new Milanese mesh bracelet in 18-carat red gold.”
(Photos: IWC Schaffhausen)