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.

  • Lichens


    • Undercurrents – It seemed like a better name than Snippets.
    • Schofield at SALONQP 2017!
    • Bronze Beaters are real.
    • We have never used so many exclamation marks in the Pips.
    • The pic was taken in the Lake District and I confess a love of moss and lichens, perhaps this is why I favour a beard.
  • Giles Ellis


    Snuffkin, the philosophical, pipe smoking, harmonica playing vagabond from Moomin Valley was the inspiration for this portrait. Anybody who smokes a pipe in the rain knows how to keep their tobacco dry! I am clearly missing the wide brimmed, green felt hat though 😉 Tonight’s announcements include a sneaky peak at a new variant of the Daymark called the Daymark Dark and some new straps from Schofield + Cudd 🙂
  • Mr G Daymark in the rain


    A disappointing change in the weather results in another classic Mr G photo. A Daymark on a bamboo suede strap in the drizzle. Absolutely wonderful! A silver lining!
  • Gorse Millican Bionic Canvas


    Two new straps added to the Schofield + Cudd line up! Tonight’s releases are the Gorse Millican, another of the super tough Bionic canvases from the world renowned British bag makers. The colour is a little more muted than our vibrant yellow Milanese suede, it is also the most colour-fast and durable yellow strap Schofield has made to date. The second is the teal calf skin. We have posted pictures of this one already and it has nearly sold out. If any of these interest you drop us an email, and remember if it is out of stock we can make you one especially.
  • Salon QP


    We received a lot of feedback from the last Pip’s Bronze Beater question and it seems that it is a 50% split between patinated and raw, so we shall offer both. A new question – would you like to see us exhibit at SalonQP this year? Both Schofield and Schofield + Cudd?
  • Japanese Quilt

    SNIPPETS! 252

    • Last Pips’s sea-green tweed strap has almost sold out! One long length left.
    • Special new buckle finishes are here!
    • The Compeller is wonderful. Fact.
    • The pic is an unbelievable quilt sent in by Mr A 🙂 Over the waves by Setsuko Matsushima
  • Schofield and cudd coloured buckles


    I wasn’t going to start Pips with a Schofield + Cudd post, I thought you would think we were getting distracted, but that could not be further from the truth. We are focused like the Japanese LFEX, 2 petawatt at 1 picosecond laser beam! Schofield + Cudd is worthy of the first post because we have sold over half of our stock and this has surprised us both! Clearly many of you want something other than degrees of black and that we applaud. Hurrah to Schofield + Cudd! So we are re-sourcing, re-designing and re-making. Now is the time to look at our Strap It service of creating bespoke straps from your wondrous leftovers. Read On!