A well-built watch must perform well in daily life and in harsh environments. To ensure this, IWC has established a state-of-the-art laboratory in Schaffhausen to ensure that watches produced meet strict standards. In the laboratory, a skilled materials engineer, Dominic Forster, is leading a team of seven to design and conduct a variety of challenging tests.
IWC’s philosophy is to ensure that every component of every watch works perfectly, even in harsh environments. Watches and components were tested for intentional damage: high temperature, shock, compression, pull, etc. In order to carry out these stress tests systematically, IWC has set up a testing laboratory and equipped with precision instruments to maximize the tension of watch components. The function of the laboratory is not only to test the watches to ensure that they meet certain pressure tolerance standards. At the same time, each component is tested here for use, rough handling, inspection, etc., and then evaluated against special criteria. From any angle, the watch in the laboratory is like a test simulator in a car simulation accident. Some have stood the test, others have failed. Watches that cannot stand the test will be redesigned to pass the next impact test. As soon as you enter the laboratory, you can see the neatly arranged lamps. The dial and strap are placed under light and subjected to sunlight and ultraviolet radiation tests. A machine placed at the other end of the room simultaneously tests the watch for extreme heat and humidity. Some machines look like devices in sci-fi stories. They can make the watch components move continuously. For example, machines that perform automatic rotor endurance tests can speed up 3,000 hours. There are also devices for impact tests to verify the condition of the watch after seven years of use. In addition to the above light resistance, heat resistance, impact and motion tests, there is a machine that puts components to the test with magnetic forces up to 600,000 A / m. Every new model of watch is subjected to extreme tests. If passed through Forster’s carefully planned tests, they will be durable in the real world. All tests are ‘original’. First, the entire movement is subjected to exposure and disassembly tests, followed by a large number of components subjected to damage tests, and then tested for corrosion resistance, durability, oil resistance and punctuality. There are also four skilled watchmakers in the testing laboratory devoted to these inspections.