Celebrated Swiss luxury timepiece manufacturer IWC Schaffhausen commemorated 150 years of fine watchmaking at an intimate dinner for guests and IWC clientele at The 1864, Galle Face Hotel on Thursday, 7 March 2019. The event was hosted by Mehdi Rajan, IWC’s Regional Brand Director for the Middle East, India and Africa, alongside Director, Chatham Luxury, Siddarth Hirdaramani.
VIP guests were given the opportunity to view and experience the inimitable craftmanship of IWC through an exclusive walk-through of the brand’s limited-edition Jubilee collection. Created specially to mark the milestone, the anniversary 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 were on hand to take guests through the each of the unique watches on display, Mehdi Rajan payed due tribute in detailing the intricacies of each timepiece. While being tantalised by the exquisitely handcrafted timepieces, guests delighted too in the light entertainment provided in the form of inconceivable tricks performed by an artful magician.
Dinner however took on a more nostalgic note with attendees transported back in time to IWC’s humble beginnings, tracing the brand’s 150-year journey of engineering excellence, through a brief -yet captivating- film. Speeches by Mehdi Rajan and Siddarth Hirdaramani, payed tribute to the Swiss watch house’s unparalleled contribution to haute horology over the years, all making for a most memorable evening.