Towson Watch Cases

Hartwig Balke, one of the founders of Towson Watch Company

Towson Watch Company (TWC) has established a unique and strong partnership with Ickler GmbH, a German company specializing in watch cases. This collaboration has enabled TWC to create high-quality, enduring stainless steel that blend modern design, traditional craftsmanship, and cutting-edge technology. The shared values and expertise between the two companies have resulted in the creation of timepieces that hold both luxury and intrinsic value.

  • TWC was founded in 2000 with a focus on combining engineering and design expertise from Towson with the craftsmanship of Ickler in Germany. The aim was to produce luxury watches with a balance of exclusivity, quality, and tool-oriented functionality.
  • Co-founder Hartwig Balke's background in industries like oil-rig blowout prevention and hoist manufacturing gave him a unique perspective that contributed to the development of TWC's approach to watchmaking.
  • The collaboration between Towson and Ickler involves various stages of case production, including design, construction, prototyping, machining, surface finishing, laser engraving, assembly, and quality control. The process emphasizes communication and collaboration between the two locations.
  • Ickler's skilled craftsmen use advanced CNC machinery to ensure precision in manufacturing. Special techniques like galvanizing and heat-treating for steel-coloring have been extended to TWC, allowing for premium accessories such as blued-steel.
  • TWC's philosophy is based on striking a balance between traditional watchmaking values, modern design, and technological advancements. This indie watchmaking approach values craftsmanship and individuality over mass production.
  • The relationship between TWC and Ickler resembles the Swiss watchmaking industry, where companies collaborate to produce the best possible products. TWC is seen as the American watchmaker for Ickler-made components, and this relationship has contributed to TWC's position as America's longest-running Independent Watchmaker.
TWC's approach involves creating limited collections of 100 watches with chronological series that evolve over time. This approach adds exclusivity and continuity to their product offerings.The collaboration between TWC and Ickler has been crucial to TWC's success. Without these relationships, TWC might not have achieved its status as an independent watchmaker and producer of high-quality timepieces.

The partnership with Ickler GmbH showcases TWC's commitment to quality and craftsmanship. It is central to our classic approach to the craft.

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