Chronicles of a British watch company

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  • Giles Ellis Pipe and Daymark watch

    A NEW PIPE

    It is not often we post pics of the team but I was gifted a new pipe and wanted to share it with you. I dislike the stereotypical  combination of whisky, beard, tattoos and at the extreme end of hipster – a pipe. But I like all those things so let’s swap the dram for a Daymark (we are not allowed to drink at work anymore) and we have the whole happy picture. Very occasionally I will smoke a cigar but I am less confident with a pipe and have already burnt my eyelashes! Practice makes perfect.

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  • Daymark under window

    DAYMARK

    We can’t take them off, wearing Daymarks wherever we go. It is a killer watch that gets comments when out and about, flashes of pink from the perimeter of a dead flat dial. High contrast hands designed for legibility in all lights, the subtlest of branding – it is obviously Schofield.
     
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  • Carbon Fibre Watches

    CARBON FIBRE WATCHES

    The Morta case of our Blacklamp carbon watch has a story well-told and one that is far from over. The Blacklamp as a watch is a platform for innovation and allows us to let our hair down, taking the odd design risk. The glowing ring, the jewel in the crown, the carbon fibre matrix, the textures, colours and surfaces come together to make quite an unusual little treasure.
     
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  • Michael Morris Ladyfinger Knife

    MICHAEL MORRIS LADYFINGER

    Yesterday I cut an apple with a Ladyfinger. The night before I opened an Asahi and this morning I wait for the post. The bottle top scratches, the apple stains the blade and this is good. Many of you who own a Ladyfinger will appreciate that with the right tool the job becomes a pleasure. The tools of daily life that age with us, anchoring us to a point in time. 
    The Ladyfinger is made for us by master knife smith Michael Morris of Michigan, USA. He makes his own Ladyfinger but the blade is thinner and without the Farriers file markings on the side. We asked for a thicker blade where the file markings now show. The Schofield Ladyfinger is in stock…
     
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  • Jonathan Carroll writing with Schofield Pen

    WHAT TIME IS MIDNIGHT?

    The first time they went to bed he entered the room and she said, “You’re wearing a different watch.”

    He glanced at it, as if seeing the black rubber thing on his wrist for the first time. “It’s my night watch,” he said tentatively.

    “You change watches before going to bed?”

    “Yes. Sometimes I wake up in the middle of the night and want to know what time it is. This one has a very bright dial.”

    “Why?”

    Looking at her dark nail polish, he wished they weren’t having this conversation. “Why do I want to know what time it is?”

    “Yes.” She was smiling at him. Not with him— at him.

    A moment ago things were sexy. Now they were funny. He was hoping a quick right answer would make things sexy again. “I don’t know. To see how much more time I have left to sleep.”

    Her smile grew to the size of a frisbee. “I like you.”

    The gravity he was used to had disappeared altogether from the room. He was drifting in her outer space and didn’t know how to maneuver in it. “Is that good?”

    This is a picture of Jonathan Carroll working on his next book, he is writing with an actual pen, a Schofield pen! If you do not know MR C’s work then we urge you to check out these links below.

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  • The Daymark watch

    DAYMARK PRE-ORDERS

    Pre-ordering a Daymark is super easy. On our website, under watches click on the Daymark then add it to cart and it will process your deposit. You will hear from us shortly after… This way you will be assured of one of the first watches with an early serial number to match :-) The Daymark is our new watch with the Swiss ETA 2824 movement powering three centre hands. 
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  • Schofield straps

    STRAPS BACK IN STOCK

    The Bronze Ventile is back in stock, also the green canvas but as pictured here with matching green stitch. So are the green tweed, blue/grey suede and yellow suede. All are available online. Get one now before the limited colours run out…
     
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  • Converse strap for Schofield Watches

    A YELLOW COMMISSION

    Mr C, strap aesthete, commissioned us to make a strap from an old pair of Converse. We made two and boy oh boy they look good! Strapped here to his steel Beater.
     
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  • Bamboo Suede

    NEW STRAP!

    Here is Bamboo suede. The latest edition to our suede line up and a true blue Schofield colour, muted green. Available on line now.
     
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  • Signalman Bare Bones

    SIGNALMAN BARE BONES EXPOSED

    It was a cold night up on Berry Head. This Signalman Bare Bones with a German Silver dial teetering on the iron railings that surround the lighthouse. Be careful, wait for the light to come around, don’t step back without looking, it is a long way down – can’t see a thing. Scabby metal against such a clean watch, the fresnel lens looks like the case, the bezel, as it should. But this lighthouse has no balcony as it is only ten feet tall. The Rare Things badge has no place here.
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  • 2 Schofield Strap Kits

    STRAP KITS

    This long awaited Strap Kit has been redesigned to be even more luxurious and elaborate than before. This coveted Kit is different to many others because it is not the leather tool roll type, but a softer accessory that can live on top of a pile of folded t shirts. Nearly a square metre of tweed is used for each Kit, as well as linings and fusing. The horn button is hand made to our design and the patch that adorns the front is heavily embroidered with many colours and is possibly the largest patch we have ever seen. The Strap Kit is only for sale to Schofield watch owners and is online now.
    PS. Notice the Schofield logo between the envelope flap and the patch!
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  • Schofield Strap Kit with Drivers-1

    STRAP KIT INSIDE

    Some details;
    • 14 pockets for straps
    • 3 pockets for Schofield Drivers (as seen)
    • Lug Protection included
    • Large embroidered patch
    • Over-sized handmade horn button
    • Hand-stitched hidden poppers
    • Fusing used in construction for a tailored feel
    • Moon Mill’s woollen tweed used inside and out
    • Sold with or without Schofield Drivers
    • £432 including VAT with Drivers
    • £360 including VAT without Drivers
    • £360 excluding VAT with Drivers
    • £300 excluding VAT without Drivers
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  • Bare Bones Blue Dial

    SIGNALMAN BARE BONES

    We had a lovely visitor to Schofield this week. A true Viking of a man who made an interesting observation. He said “The Bare Bones Signalman is made for designer types like you”. He is right because I made them for me as I do with all Schofield products. But is a minimalist design exclusive to designers and those that are overtly focused on design? Do you have to be in the design club to be permitted to the right to get minimalism? I think not. Let’s change the word minimalism to stripped back or pared down or… bare bones. Now, like poetry that you cannot explain away – we just get it. 
     
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  • Blacklamp Watch sold out

    THE BLACKLAMP PUT TO BED

    We must say good-night to the Blacklamp. They have all sold and the limited run is done. What a ride! What a trip! A journey we have thoroughly enjoyed. We say thank you to all those involved in its development. We say thank you to the lighthouses that lent their lights and coordinates for the case back engraving and we thank James Thompson AKA Blackbadger for his input and machining of the glowing ring. 
     
    We hear you say are you doing another? The answer is… maybe.
     
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  • Worthing Pier

    BEACH FURNITURE

    I found a book called Manual on the Use of Timber in Coastal and River Engineering by Matt Grossman and Jonathan Simm, inside this excerpt.
    … In coastal situations timber is used among other things for breastworks, groynes, piers, steps, ramps, boardwalks and as stepped reinforcement or fencing protection to dunes. In river situations timber is used for bank retention/reinforcement, ramps, steps, boardwalks and fishing platforms.
    Weathered timber is an important component of beaches, harbours and rivers where it often reinforces the traditional landscape character. The painter John Constable wrote of his native River Stour: “the sound of water escaping from mill dams,… willows, old rotten banks, slimy posts and brickwork. I love such things… They made me a painter and I am grateful”. Similarly, timber groynes, sculpted by the sea and part buried in sand are a classic element of many beach scenes…
    This photo was taken on Worthing pier and the above passage captures it perfectly.
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