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Old 23 March 2017, 03:04 PM   #1
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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).













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.











In the town of Schaffhausen













the IWC factory



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











Falken beer, brewed in Schaffhausen





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.







































Dinner (and more beer) at Güterhof







Back at IWC, learning about the Portuguese Sidérale Scafusia











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



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







55mm Big Pilot on a leg strap























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





Rose gold stitching



















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.







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













The IWC factory









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







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



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Old 24 March 2017, 01:22 AM   #2
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Very cool. That plane ride must've been fun, thanks for sharing.
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Old 24 March 2017, 10:49 PM   #3
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Excellent pictures and a great post. Thank-you very much
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Old 25 March 2017, 02:01 AM   #4
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Old 25 March 2017, 02:14 AM   #5
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nice, thanks for sharing!
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Old 25 March 2017, 02:40 AM   #6
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It looks like a beautiful place, thank you for sharing..
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Old 27 March 2017, 02:19 PM   #7
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Looks like a great time. Thanks for sharing the pics
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Old 27 March 2017, 02:28 PM   #8
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Best post ever read here. Thank you for sharing.
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Old 27 March 2017, 03:00 PM   #9
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Awesome, and thanks for sharing!
That's a trip you won't forget I'm sure..
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Old 27 March 2017, 03:32 PM   #10
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What a great place and fantastic pics, thanks for sharing
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Old 27 March 2017, 09:05 PM   #11
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Old 27 March 2017, 11:18 PM   #12
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Old 28 March 2017, 03:02 AM   #13
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Thanks for the compliments everyone! :)
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Old 28 March 2017, 03:26 AM   #14
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Old 28 March 2017, 07:45 AM   #15
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Awesome trip and photos
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Old 28 March 2017, 12:17 PM   #16
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Looks like an amazing trip, thanks for sharing the photos.
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Old 28 March 2017, 01:47 PM   #18
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Very nice. Thank you for sharing the photos. Looks like an awesome trip.
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Old 28 March 2017, 02:45 PM   #19
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What an experience. Thanks for posting.
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Great pictures. You are fortunate to have enjoyed such an awesome experience. Thanks for taking us along.
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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.
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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!
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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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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.
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great post & photos!! thank you.
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Lovely place! Thank you for sharing your great pictures :-)
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