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 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.

  • Signalman Bare Bones Watch

    HALF CLOSED FOR A LITTLE SUN

    Vitamin D essential to life is lacking at HQ. I offer every member of staff D3 supplements but I am told this is not the same. So we are closing for a couple of weeks to boost immune systems and refresh minds. Emails will be answered though you may have to cut us some slack. Back to full capabilities come the 10th of August. BTW this watch is for sale.
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  • EPISODE 2 IS LIVE

    In this second episode of a new series of podcasts produced by Schofield Watch Company, Giles and Harry discuss the following six questions:
     
    How did you start Schofield Watch Company? Take us through the journey from seed to launch.
    If someone was interested in starting a watch company would you recommend that they followed your path?
    Why would you want to start a watch company?
    So how do you start a watch company today?
    What are the most stressful elements of running a watch company?
    What are the absolute highs of running a watch company?
     
    As Giles opens up about how “Schofield’s path is unfollowable”, he honestly discusses the twists and turns it has taken for the business to get where it is today and the highs and lows which have accompanied its winding path.
     
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  • Inner Lid of Watch Box

    THE LENGTHS WE GO TO

    As I’m sure you can understand designers are often synonymous with eccentricity and Giles is not short of his own quirks, so it was no surprise to HQ when Giles announced he had become quite attached to an abstract poem and wanted to use it in the new box construction. Getting the rights to these words has been a love story of a different kind. If designers are known for being particular then publishers are known for their red tape, but many (MANY) emails later we have been given the rights to Richard Brautigan’s ‘A Boat’, an incredible composition that has outlived its writer and will feature on all of our new boxes. The poem itself is so intriguing and beautiful, and one of the many reasons that Giles loves the poem so much is the obscure twist on the red and green port and starboard lights which have been used for years as red and green dots on various Schofield designs – you will now notice that these are tear shaped. 
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  • Mandy Barker Tide Time Artwork

    TIDE TIME

    A renewed vigour for our environmental responsibility (which requires constant assessment) means that we have decided to reintroduce a run of Mandy Barker prints available exclusively for our Buoys Club members. Mandy Barker is an award winning photographic artist who exhibits throughout the world. The print was originally done in collaboration with Schofield and highlights environmental issues surrounding dispersed plastic pollution in the world’s oceans. It challenges the viewer to understand the problem and to become actively engaged in helping work towards changing it. 
    You cannot see the detail in the image above but things to look out for include: Schofield Signalman dials, Smartie lids that spell out ‘Tide Time’, Burgeon screwdrivers, brass box knobs, carbon fibre elements, Acme whistles, a handkerchief and more plastic than you can poke a plastic stick at.
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  • Schofield Papers

    BRINGING IT BACK

    I have to be straight with you (when am I not?) – running a watch company is not sock-less loafers, models and Lamborghinis each and every day! I would like to be acknowledged as a fourth Dan in plate spinning and there is no greater enemy to a perfectionist than time. In juggling the multi-faceted sides of Schofield I am often forced to move quickly through the activity I love the most, the design. With a renewed vigour and a new pledge that Schofield is not permitted to rush through the virtues of the brand. I have spent 4 hours on a new sticker, 2 days on new box papers and a week or so on a new box, hours of sampling stock for envelopes, compliment cards, ephemera and FSC recycled papers – the list goes on. In full flow I am as happy as a clam. and can’t wait for you to see this hard work.
    Schofield
  • Daymark Dark

    UNDERCURRENTS 286!

    What pink top hats? Here they are! BTW this watch is for sale 🙂
    • New in-house Schofield Podcast on iTunes here.
    • New Buoys Club page  – If you are a customer and can’t get in – email us.
    • Visit Undercurrents.info for what is happening below the surface.
    • New layaway payment scheme! Peeps taking it up globally!
    • Mr C update – Feeling crappy post treatment, give him one week and he will be raging once more 🙂
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  • Raw Bronze Beater Wrist Shot

    UNDERCURRENTS 285!

    Just a moment ago we were asked for a Raw BBB2 wrist shot, here it is – Have we not done some of these before?
    • New in-house Schofield Podcast on iTunes here
    • Accessories are gone but not forgotten. However if you had your heart set on something let us know – we still have some bits. Also some have made their way to the new Club page.
    • Visit Undercurrents.info for what is happening below the surface.
    • New layaway payment scheme! Peeps taking it up globally!
    • Mr C update – Feeling crappy post treatment, give him two weeks and he will be raging once more 🙂
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    OTHER SCHOFIELD SITES AND SOCIALS
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    “It is to be noted that when any part of this paper appears dull there is a design in it.” – Richard Steel
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