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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.
…Ahead of me as I waited for the voice of the controller to come through the headphones was the runway itself, a slick black ribbon of tarmac, flanked by twin rows of bright-burning lights, illuminating the solid path cut earlier by the snow-plows. Behind the lights were the humped banks of the morning’s snow, frozen hard once again where the snow-plow blades had pushed them. Far away to my right the airfield tower stood up like a single glowing candle amid the hangars where the muffled aircraft men were even now closing down the station for the night… LISTEN HERESWC
“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!
- New Particulars page here.
- 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.
- New Berserk torch finishes coming soon.
- Stockings online now – or email for a custom build.
- The pic is of Eastbourne Pier by Simon Cudd.
- Telemark watch on grey OMI strap and a black ceramic coated buckle. Almost monochrome save a couple of olive green elements on the dial, the pink tip to the second hand, the pink calf lining on the inside of the strap. It is austere and clean, high readability, wholly reliable, a rock, a friend. You can see these next week in London, try them on, explore our other treasure. Come and see us at the Schofield x Porters Barbers pop up next Thursday at their flagship store:78 Dulwich Village, London SE21 7AJ, 11:00-18:00.AND if you buy a strap from Schofield or Schofield + Cudd we can Monogram it there and then – how cool is that! This goes for the //9h7b stuff too! The wonderful Joost Pasman will be there providing a complimentary monogramming service to any purchases made! 🙂SWC
- The Christmas 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.
- 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 Pencil 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
- Schofield is a small independent English watch brand with a coastal theme and an eye for detail. We make predominantly limited edition watches and small accessories driven by innovation and design. I know that most of you know all this yada yada, but read on…With this in mind we are expanding our collection and in order to help us continue to deliver our treasure we invite you join us in welcoming our newest member of the Schofield family, Melodie Tyrer.Melodie is our account manager, customer liaison, comptroller and whip cracker, a cheery Australian that will respond to your emails from time to time, freeing the rest of the team up to do what they do best.SWC
- Modern treasure! //9h7b website is now live – not quite done but getting there. Schofield will also sell a few pieces but for now take a look and be the first to discover this fledgling sister brand. If you have any ideas for super cool products that would fit the aesthetic then let us know. Perhaps we can make it. What’s next? Phone case, iWatch band, punch bag, dimmer switch, coffee table… A list of stuff that does not fit under the Schofield umbrella but a list of stuff that needs to be made.SWC
A man should not spend his life at work
as it’s a sin
God gave us Paris, Venice,
art nouveau architecture, art deco
watches and clocks,
gave us wild strawberries
misty dawns outside of cafés’ windows,
gave us Thomas Mann and Proust,
and moors of Ireland,
created pool and teenagers,
and a thousand of other things
like waterfalls, Divine Comedy,
cigarettes and poems by Rilke,
streets lined with trees
in the South, American
cars from 1940s,
Mont Blanc pens and guidebooks
to Grenada, and
cognac, gin, whisky and Bordeaux
surely not in order for me
for eight hours daily
like some wanker.
Andrzej Kotański, “Canto” | Suggested to us by Jonathan Carroll
Pic by Simon Cudd. Mask of 18 deadly diseasesSWC