The Six Pips Chronicles

Every week at 8:15 PM we send out an email; five images and a little text to keep you in the loop. If you would like to sign-up to receive the Six Pips bulletin please click here – Schofield news bulletin sign-up. The content of these pages contain an archive of observations and forecasts, watchmaking, British commentary, Sussex beauty, manufacture, engineering, design, poetry and amusement. Schofield executes all it does by thinking and the Six Pips is no exception. We are proud to be a very British watch company.

Why The Six Pips?

The Greenwich Time Signal (GTS), popularly known as the pips, is a series of six short tones broadcast at one-second intervals by many BBC Radio stations.

The proposal for a time signal came from one Frank Hope-Jones in a radio talk in April 1923. It was agreed that broadcasting the Greenwich Standard Time with a chronometer at the Royal Observatory tripping a switch at five seconds to the hour to create those iconic pips – using a 1kHz oscillator. The time signal was first broadcast at 9.30 p.m. on 5 February 1924.

There are six pips (short beeps) in total, which occur on the 5 seconds leading up to the hour and on the hour itself. Each pip is a 1 kHz tone (about halfway between musical B5 and C6) the first five of which last a tenth of a second each, while the final pip lasts half a second. The actual moment when the hour changes – the “on-time marker” – is at the very beginning of the last pip.

Our weekly bulletin is made up of five short posts and a snippets section outlining minor news.

  • Bronze Beater on Herdwick tweed


    Most pre-orders delivered. Happy customers with a mixture of raw and patinated cases. Now you can see it online >
  • Washi Strap


    There is no doubt that there are many new straps to see at QP this year, not all of them are Schofield + Cudd. Here is our new Washi strap. A machine washable leather from the same tannery that brings us the OMI fabric. It is now on the website entered under the Limited Edition category.
  • 9h7b pouch


    Two pencils. One with a hard lead describing a thin pale line, embossing the paper as it goes, the other is soft, broad, shady and prone to smudging. It is dark and light, chalk and cheese, him and her, blah and blah – a designers playground.

    //9h7b is a contemporary accessories brand. Its products drawn from the sketches of Mr E, CEO of Schofield, a British Watch Company that measures its worth in details. //9h7b makes predominately black things that do not quite fit under Schofield’s umbrella so they find shelter in the pockets and bags of the few that have discovered us.

    //9h7b stuff is just more nice stuff, but compelling and with a narrative that makes its ownership delightful. Those that know Mr E’s work would tell you that progress is slow, the products are few, the designs are reasoned and the reasons are many. The materials are coveted, the build is to endure and the whole experience of getting involved is lovely.

    So //9h7b is a new company making (in London) contemporary leather goods, black and grey on the outside and those wonderful Milanese suedes you have seen made into Schofield straps on the inside. Launching sometime before Christmas! Some items are watch related and will appear on the Schofield website in due course, however we are taking some pieces to QP!  //  
  • Anado and Richard in Rome


    It is not too late! Come and see us at QP! If you are into watches and specifically Schofield watches and other treasure then there is still time to come by tomorrow or Saturday. Email us for tickets 🙂
    Perhaps this photo will help you recognise us in the SalonQP Independents section, Saatchi Gallery, London.
    Taken by Simon Cudd – Portrait of Richard and Anado in Rome.
  • Mooring post


    • The new Telemark watch is ready to go!
    • We are at SalonQP right now!
    • Schofield culls Facebook, Google+ and The Fancy! And boy we feel good about it.
    • Fish Guts fountain pen ink, buckles and new straps online.
    • The pic is of inspiration, lumps of weathered metal. Wonderful!
    “It is to be noted that when any part of this paper appears dull there is a design in it.” – Richard Steel
  • Schfofield banner


    The busiest time in the Schofield calendar – Pre QP! Above you will see tantalising images of the goodies available to see and buy at the Schofield/Schofield + Cudd stand in the independent’s hall of London’s premier watch show – SalonQP!
  • Daymark watch


    They haven’t gone! The Daymark, Signalman Bare Bones, Ladyfinger, Strap Kit (1 left), cigar tube, Toots!, torches, 100 different straps and buckles of many colours. In the excitement of a new watch we find even within the Six Pips there is not enough room to talk about all our treasure. Just ponder for a moment on the picture above. The Daymark watch, its clarity, symmetry, colours and textures, its precision and presence. Nothing casts a shadow on you, little thing.