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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.
- Here is the //9h7b bag and pocket kit – bags within bags. Visit the //9h7b website to read all about the colours, zips, leather, zigzag stitch and more. All items are available to get before Christmas. If in doubt send an email and we can go through it.SWC
- O beautiful
was the werewolf
in his evil forest.
We took him
to the carnival
and he started
when he saw
the Ferris wheel.
green and red tears
his furry cheeks.
like a boat
out on the dark
water.“A Boat” from The Pill Versus the Springhill Mine Disaster. Copyright © 1968 by Richard Brautigan.The pic is of some of the Schofield + Cudd current strap stock. Please email straps(AT)schofieldandcudd.com if anything tickles your fancy.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 commissioned toy car, available from Schofield + Cudd in green and blue.
- Tonight, right now, and for many hours previously we have been talking watches and hair at Porters Barbers. We have got Lucy Cheesright, aka le grand formagio running the show while Simon and myself set ourselves to the last few hours of chat. We have been such a sociable watch company this year 🙂 Thinking, making and telling. Today is a telling day with little thinking an no making required.SWC
- With SalonQP at our backs and Christmas in front it is easy to see that a year’s worth of work has resulted in some serious output. We have new watches! Not one but three! The Daymark (a masterpiece), the bronze Beater B2 (in two finishes) and the Telemark (so elegant). We also have the stylish and sometimes maverick Schofield + Cudd strap and accessories enterprise. Below also we have //9h7b! Read on!SWC
- A new luxury leatherwear brand as a companion to Schofield Watch Co. Every 10th of a millimetre of every corner and edge is designed by me. I will be the first to say this is self-indulgent which is why the euphemism ‘made with love’ seems to fit so well. //9h7b is a large pit of ideas made real, or for those that remember the poster in the box of the Schofield fountain pen – Fisso l’Idea. Fix the idea, make it real. So we did and now look what we have to offer. It is a large tote made in London with all the //9h7b trimmings. These are made to order so if this floats your boat or you would like more details then please email us.SWC
- I confess that until now my favourite page on the website has been the Six Pips Archive. It represents everything that we do, fantastically photographed. It charts our history, our message, our plans, schemes and ideas. BUT now I have a new favourite! The Particulars page is dedicated to explain some of Schofield’s more esoteric language. This lexicon, understood by those that have been with us from the start, can sometimes be confusing for our more recent visitors. Every phrase and term is illustrated with one of the finest photographs representing it.SWC