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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.
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This watch is available to buy, a one of one, a true Rare Thing. It is a Beater B2 with a galvanic case, a fascinating finish that looks quite beaten, in a good way. The raw steel has been placed in a drum of ceramic beads and left to vibrate overnight giving a finish that is perhaps more industrial than our proprietary Brutalist finish! It has a green Murky Earth ceramic coated crown, a rare green Beater B2 dial and the amazing B2 engraved case back. Please email us if this is for you… 🙂SWC
I feel very strongly that the Daymark has never had its time. Personally I think it is one of our finest watches and it is easy to lament the lack of attention it received from the press. I don’t blame them, I blame us, we are all too often too busy to write a press release or concentrate on marketing outside of social media and SalonQP. So we must change and get down to the nuts and bolts, we must attend to the PR engine! We must make our own fortunes and get the Markers the attention they deserve because they are magnificent! Just look at it!SWC
As I already mentioned the website has been reconsidered and there is a little bit of text on the homepage that says “if you are drifting we will bring you ashore”. I think this could have been written about the Telemark. White watches are harder to sell, I can tell you that as a watch maker, but there is an infallible elegance about information being displayed black on white. If you are adrift on the idea of wearing a white dial then the Telemark will guide you home.SWC
- New website shop front. Worth a visit.
- New entries on the Particulars page.
- Accessories are gone but not forgotten.
- Schofield + Cudd new stuff!
- Ask about custom watches – an area we are expanding!
- Custom prebuilt rare thing Beaters available – just ask.
- Schofield micro sites revamped.
- Schofield social media sorted right out.
- New watches, not yet!
- The pic is of The Brighton Eye.
“It is to be noted that when any part of this paper appears dull there is a design in it.” – Richard SteelSWC
- The Markers represent two halves of a whole. What unites the Daymark and the Telemark is revealing, what divides them even more so. They share characteristics such as the ‘Schofield’ replacing 9 second markers in the chapter ring, the red-tipped second hands, precision vapour-blasted, German made case, the large diameter crown, oversized hand set and the ETA 2824-2 Swiss movement. These elements provide a sense of continuity between the watches. However, most interesting are the divergences. The numerated dial, representing ice cold order on the Telemark, compared with the stripped back altogether craggier approach of the Daymark. Having treated them as a pair let us now take the Markers as individuals…SWC
- Striking a balance between simplicity and complexity, between the fine and broader strokes, is a constant struggle for the designer. In this case contrast is everything. The colours of the Daymark, dark muted tones, representative of its namesake’s austere bold architecture, are offset by the dash of pink in the chapter ring and the second hand. These touches of colour are important in providing a point of reference from which to properly appreciate the darkness. The tower can take you aback as you happen upon it, brazen and a bit cheeky, much like this automatic watch.SWC