IWC celebrates its founder with a limited edition Portugieser

The company is the only Swiss watchmaker to be founded by an American.
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The company is the only Swiss watchmaker to be founded by an American.
Photo: IWC

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Many don't know that IWC was originally founded by American, Florentine Ariosto Jones, who ventured to Switzerland to create high-end pocket watch movements for the USA. This week, IWC pays tribute to its founder with a very special Portugieser. 

Limited to 27 pieces, the watch is described as a "D. H. Craig USA" model, which is named after Jones' uncle, Daniel Hastings Craig, another successful entrepreneur, who is said to have possibly provided IWC a little capital assistance during its early days. The watch features a red gold case, silver-plated dial, and has a tourbillon movement called the 98900 caliber that touts a 54-hour power reserve. The watch is available now and exclusive to IWC's American boutiques.

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