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ChrisWalsh 23 March 2017 03:04 PM

My trip to Schaffhausen, Switzerland
 
I had the opportunity to visit Schaffhausen, Switzerland last year as part of a training for IWC North America (I work for an authorized dealer). It was an amazing trip and a truely beautiful place. I was with a group of about 30 from stores all over the US and Canada. We were in Switzerland for about three days. I wore an IWC IW3718-02 on my trip, pictured later in this thread.

We landed in Zürich and took a shuttle to our hotel to check in. We had time to kill before the rest of the group arrived, so we had lunch at Schloessli Woerth in Neuhausen and then rode a boat to "the rock" at the bottom of Rhine Falls, the largest waterfall in Europe (it looks so much smaller in pictures lol).

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A few of us chose to walk back to our hotel. It was only a few miles, and a very nice way to explore the town.

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In the town of Schaffhausen

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the IWC factory

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We disassembled about 25 pieces of this movement. We left the mainspring, among other parts, which would be easy to mess up.

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Falken beer, brewed in Schaffhausen

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The next day we took a scenic flight on a Ju-Air Ju-52 plane from Dübendorf air force center. The plane was built in 1939 and was used to transport cargo in the 40's but was converted to be a passenger plane. Honestly, the smoothest plane I've ever been on.

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Dinner (and more beer) at Güterhof

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Back at IWC, learning about the Portuguese Sidérale Scafusia

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Then we got a tour of the factory. Here's a few of us watching the expert polishing a rose gold case

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Then we visited the museum and I saw some really neat stuff (in no particular order)

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55mm Big Pilot on a leg strap

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From there, we got to spend some hands-on time with basically the entire line. Here are a few that really grabbed my attention:

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Rose gold stitching

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In town, there's a historical vineyard at the Munot city fortress. The Fortress was built in the 16th century. We had some time in between training and dinner so a colleague and I went expoloring. It was quite a number of steps up a huge hill, but it provided a great view of the town.

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And at the top of the hill was the fortress/castle type thing.

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The IWC factory

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Walking through town back to our hotel, we stopped by a local jewelry store

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Breguet tattoo, I believe it's a No. 5 but correct me if I'm wrong

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teqp 24 March 2017 01:22 AM

Very cool. That plane ride must've been fun, thanks for sharing.

Xenophon 24 March 2017 10:49 PM

Excellent pictures and a great post. Thank-you very much

sea-dweller 25 March 2017 02:01 AM

Nice photos!

simbal 25 March 2017 02:14 AM

nice, thanks for sharing!

r8t3d_M 25 March 2017 02:40 AM

It looks like a beautiful place, thank you for sharing..:thumbsup:

Hairdude1 27 March 2017 02:19 PM

Looks like a great time. Thanks for sharing the pics

michaelodonnell123 27 March 2017 02:28 PM

Best post ever read here. Thank you for sharing.

sleddog 27 March 2017 03:00 PM

Awesome, and thanks for sharing!:agree::thumbsup:
That's a trip you won't forget I'm sure..

swatty 27 March 2017 03:32 PM

What a great place and fantastic pics, thanks for sharing :thumbsup:

T4ME 27 March 2017 09:05 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Xenophon (Post 7467548)
Excellent pictures and a great post. Thank-you very much

x2

WhiteOUT 27 March 2017 11:18 PM

Awesome pic

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ChrisWalsh 28 March 2017 03:02 AM

Thanks for the compliments everyone! :)

VaRobot 28 March 2017 03:26 AM

Sweet!

The Joker 28 March 2017 07:45 AM

Awesome trip and photos

Psmith 28 March 2017 12:17 PM

Fantastic shots :thumbsup:

GoingPlaces 28 March 2017 12:34 PM

Looks like an amazing trip, thanks for sharing the photos.

dualcarb 28 March 2017 01:47 PM

Very nice. Thank you for sharing the photos. Looks like an awesome trip.

hdrazor251 28 March 2017 02:45 PM

What an experience. Thanks for posting.

Limestonedan 29 March 2017 06:32 AM

Thank you for posting!

Old Geezer 4 April 2017 09:31 AM

Great pictures. You are fortunate to have enjoyed such an awesome experience. Thanks for taking us along.

BNA/LION 4 April 2017 09:43 AM

Thanks for sharing! :cheers:

2ar2c1 5 April 2017 04:07 AM

that's an impressive amount of face time and technical training provided by a manufacturer, well done IWC.
And the travel and sight-seeing is a great bonus as well.

grnbean 10 April 2017 02:38 PM

thanks for sharing.. really enjoyed the photos!
so I'm guessing one of the people at the jewelers had that tattoo? the owner? pretty bold!

ChrisWalsh 13 April 2017 10:50 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by 2ar2c1 (Post 7499407)
that's an impressive amount of face time and technical training provided by a manufacturer, well done IWC.
And the travel and sight-seeing is a great bonus as well.

It was incredible...didn't even feel like a training. It was really hands on. It basically made me fall in love with the brand even more than I already am!

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Originally Posted by grnbean (Post 7514033)
thanks for sharing.. really enjoyed the photos!
so I'm guessing one of the people at the jewelers had that tattoo? the owner? pretty bold!

It was someone from another jewelry store that was along for the training. I met him for the first time on the trip. The position of the hands meant different things, like his daughter's birthday, etc.

brandrea 13 April 2017 10:52 AM

Fantastic, thank you for sharing.:cheers:

Cru Jones 13 April 2017 10:33 PM

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great post & photos!! thank you.

JohnBaker3 13 April 2017 10:42 PM

:thumbsup::thumbsup:

Marcela 13 April 2017 10:58 PM

Lovely place! Thank you for sharing your great pictures :-)

ulrichhh 16 April 2017 05:24 AM

Love the pictures!


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