Swiss luxury watch manufacturer IWC Schaffhausen has opened its new boutique at the legendary Battersea Power Station. Located within the recently restored London landmark, renowned for innovation and technical ingenuity, the new boutique showcases some of IWC’s latest designs alongside some of the watchmaker’s most iconic timepieces.
On 7th December 2022, IWC Schaffhausen officially unveiled the new boutique at London’s Battersea Power Station, with the IWC CEO, Christoph Grainger-Herr, and the IWC Brand Director for the United Kingdom, Grant Wilson, in attendance.
With large glass walls creating an inviting environment and the latest cutting-edge technology, the boutique offers a glimpse into IWC’s future whilst honouring the brand’s innovative craftsmanship and heritage.
With a total space of 200 square metres, clients are invited to immerse themselves into the world of IWC, where every watch takes centre stage with modern, glassless display cases in order to offer a more open and tactile product experience.
Discover the latest collections and designs, including the new Portugieser Automatic and Chronograph, the Portofino Automatics, Chronographs, Moon Phase, and the Pilot’s Collection.
The boutique also pays tribute to IWC’s legendary engineering innovation, as guests are able to experience the watchmaking process with interactive screens and an immersive presentation about the materials used by IWC.
Visitors can also take a moment to relax at the boutique’s bar, where they can discover a bespoke cocktail menu in partnership with Portofino Gin, as well as coffee and other beverages, all of which are sourced through local partners that take a similar approach towards sustainability as IWC.
Furthermore, the bar itself can transform into a watchmaking master class. Here, guests can have a go at constructing the latest in-house calibre 69 chronograph movement alongside a live stream broadcast directly from the IWC headquarters in Schaffhausen, Switzerland, with an expert watchmaker on hand to guide guests through each step.
Battersea Power Station and IWC Schaffhausen share many historical links. For example, the plumes of smoke from the power station were used as beacons for RAF pilots returning home during the Second World War. The same pilots were supplied with IWC’s Mark XI timepieces as navigational tool watches.
The new boutique’s design also features the power station’s original brickwork, echoing IWC Schaffhausen’s roots, founded by Florentine Ariosto Jones, an American who emigrated to Switzerland in 1868 from Boston, an industrial powerhouse.