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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 and this is our history of watchmaking.
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.
- The layers of metal revealing the watch’s movement is an expression of the Daymark’s oculus. It is an eye, an opening, an insight into the machinations of the designer’s mind like the Six Pips. Actually it is a modified version of the Beater B1 case back that was modelled along the lines of an airlock hatch opening mechanism, so the door metaphor works equally well. The meshing of various wheels is like the masonry which forms the Daymark tower and looking inside the watch in this way is a privilege, spying on the inner workings.SWC
- On the surface the Telemark is as white, bare and barren as the snowy landscape of its namesake but when you take a closer look you begin to appreciate the different subtleties of textures and tones. The luminescent points on the dial with their light green colour mimic the biting, cold Norwegian seas. The grey/blue/green of the word ‘Telemark’ itself is the sky, the ocean, even the snow parka of a Telemark Hero. The combination of these colours with the base white is a natural one and the overall impression, intriguing.SWC
- The back of the Telemark is laser engraved in a unique way and one which is time consuming but, we believe, worth every second. This artistic rendering of Jomfruland lighthouse is spare, in keeping with the watch’s overall design, but revealing the stark lines, evocative of sharp, strong shards of ice or, if you prefer, the lines of Kirk Douglas’s compass. The concentric circles, a Schofield standard, highlight the asymmetry of the design but focusses the eye on the heart of any lighthouse: the lamp.SWC
“It is to be noted that when any part of this paper appears dull there is a design in it.” – Richard SteelSWC
- The new Telemark watch is ready to go! Yes, we have stock, still early numbers!
- The Signalman Bare Bones has very nearly run out, never to be made again. Get in touch if you are tempted. We have one of each colour left.
- Schofield culls Facebook, Google+ and The Fancy! And boy we feel good about it.
- Stockings online now – or email for a custom build.
- The pic is of a specially anodised torch, known as Carp-Fishing-Camo. A perfect companion to a luxury watch.
- A special Pips dedicated to some accessories, move aside wrist watches with your haughty superiority, let the little guys in! Above is a new limited edition EDC torch in carp-fishing-camo. Who else can do art anodising? Not many let me tell you. Our anodiser (in Sussex) was given a simple brief – do it pretty and mad in Schofield colours and have fun! With a flick of latex masking fluid and into four separate tanks of colour. Voila! If this seems like a candidate for ownership then head to the accessories page as they are live and available now. These are super limited.SWC
- Look at those colours! LOOK – we demand it! These are little wood formed leather coin purses. Once open shake to display and sort, then tip to stow. Elegant and simple. Available now – Email Simon on straps(at)schofieldandcudd.comSWC
- These luxury stockings are now up and live and ready to ogle at here. Remember, if you have some of the booty already then email in a custom build. Below is an example of a £1200 version. We can also build a little one (above in white).
- Schofield strap either a new one you haven’t seen yet or one of your choosing
- A Schofield red ceramic coated buckle
- A limited edition red cigar tube with Hoyo De Monterry Cuban cigar
- A bottle of Fish Guts (fountain pen ink)
- A Schofield EDC torch in a secret surprise new colour (with charger)
- Two Father and Son spinning tops
- A super high end, luxury nougat slice
- Chocolate pennies from Fortnum and Mason
- A //9h7b Pouch
- A //9h7b Pen case
- A surprise
- Another surprise!
- Yet another surprise!!
- A bag of Toots! Coffee
- A Petit Robusto Cohiba cigar (for New Year’s Eve?)
- A Ladyfinger or Compeller
- 2 Mitsubishi pencils (probably the best in the world)
- Most of the contents are wrapped in handmade paper and little bows
- The stocking itself is an heirloom, a real keeper