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A lone Pip in amendment of last week.
Firstly thank you all for your lovely messages of support, they have not gone unappreciated as we try to regain some sense of normality here at HQ.
We have realised that in our haste to publish last week’s Pips we missed the link for Simon Cudd’s tribute page. This lone Pip attempts to answer a much asked question; if you would like to make a donation in memory of Simon please do so by clicking HERE.
All donations will go directly to Maggie’s Centre in Oxford, should you wish to you can read more about them and their work here – MAGGIE’S
SWC’s regular Pips will return Jan 17th.
This is a short Pips, number 300!
Last year has ended and it unfortunately ended with a great sadness. Not at all how I wished to start the first pips of 2019. Simon Cudd, a Schofield character and one half of the Schofield & Cudd collaboration was taken last week – snatched by cancer – in the blink of an eye. Only 46 years old, my age. We were mates, business partners and co-conspirators.
Here are some things I learnt from Simon.
Our imagined future-selves are always more awesome. Don’t wait to improve yourself or that ‘future’ will always be just that, the future instead of the present
Getting angry with the little things is needlessly stressful
Loyalty is valuable, you need it most when you’re poor
To put energy into people
To always have a nice cushion in your car- excellent interior design shouldn’t be exclusive to your home
To never tire of watches
To really push for free stuff
To find virtue in less expensive clothes (never!)
To always smell nice
To arrive big
Sharing the fuss over little things is fun
To take more photos
To go on more road trips
To not wait for luck
To flirt with more men
To consider orange
Simon’s funeral is next Thursday so naturally there will be no Pips as we take a day to celebrate his life. If you would like to make a donation in Simon’s memory then please follow this link.
The beneficiaries will be Maggie’s Oxford Centre, Oxford and St Andrews Church, Oddington.
Our friends can be instigators and sounding boards for our greatest ‘eureka’ moments. I remember one such moment in which Simon was present; the day that the Markers family went from being a rough idea to a solid plan for future designs. We went together to The Daymark above Kingswear near Dartmouth when I realised the gravity of what I wanted to create was a real possibility, an experience that one only feels possible when lifted by their greatest friends and fans. Simon’s influence on the brand and as a friend will not be forgotten and he will remain a legacy in SWC’s history as we look towards a bright future.
Recently a radiographer got in touch and asked us what made the Telemark X-Ray so ‘X-Ray’? This question is a great way to approach this upcoming release. There are certain aspects of the watch which are obviously modelled on the X-Ray theme, the zigzagging second hand is a good place to start. It is an attempt to mimic the passage of electromagnetic radiation through space as both a particle and a wave. Also, it looks pretty damn cool! That the colours of this watch centre around the pale blue end of the spectrum of visible light is a reference to X-Rays in popular culture but also towards the fact that they have relatively short wavelengths and high frequencies, meaning that if we could see them they would have a blueish colour. Let’s not forget that X-Ray today also implies reversed out and that is exactly what this watch is, a reversed colour variant of the white dialled Telemark. You are seeing the render again because we have not built the actual thing but this is happening very soon and you will be the first to know. Pre-orders are now being taken. If you would like to get on the early doors list please email…
THERE WAS A CRASH OF THE PIPS LAST NIGHT (NO IMAGES) SO WE TRY AGAIN!
As seen in the latest ‘Watch Closely’ catalogue, the sneak peek that was our Telemark X-ray is now available for pre-order! Described by Giles as the Telemark in stealth mode, this new addition to the Markers range takes the original’s colourway and flips it on its head. The zig-zagging x-ray second hand contrasts with the dark bluish tones of the rest of the dial. Swapping light for dark on this model gives an entirely new feel to the watch and its specially concocted Super-LumiNova glows with an otherworldly colour. This is a release which we at Schofield are super enthusiastic about! Teasing further, notice the date disc with no date but an array of icons yet to be disclosed! So much to reveal but for now if you need to be on the list pop us an email!
Price: £3600 (inc. VAT and delivery)
Case – Vapour-blasted stainless steel
Dimensions – 44mm diameter base, 42mm bezel, 15.1mm high
Weight – 134 grams with strap
Crown – Push in, machine finish stainless steel, engraved
Dial – Blue, luminescent applied markers Super-LumiNova
Hands – Laddered baton, Super-LumiNova
Movement – ETA 2824-2
Power reserve – 38 hours
Functions – Hours, minutes and seconds
Case back – Exhibition case back
Crystal – Sapphire
Water resistance – 200m
Strap – Your choice
Strap bars – Stainless, vapour-blasted
Buckle – Brushed stainless steel, engraved
Serialisation – Sequential numbering
Warranty – 2 years
Box – Osmo ash – Special
We never tire of speaking about our growing commitment to the health of the planet and in particular the switch from non-biodegradable packaging to biodegradable. Our office is devoid of single use plastics and we couldn’t be prouder of the progress we’ve made over the past year. With this in mind we’ve scrapped our usual Christmas card to reduce further our carbon footprint. Understand that we’re certainly not short of love and appreciation for all of you and we sincerely wish you all the happiest of Christmases. Here’s hoping that 2019 will bring us our B-Corp certification, but that’s a story for another day.
We thought it only fair that we join in the fun here at SWC HQ. Until the 1st January we’re all feeling festively generous and you now have your choice of our SWC strap collection too. All straps are reduced by 20% until the New Year hits us, so go crazy! So to recap, S+C straps and stuff, //9h7b and Schofield straps all have 20% off. Use GILESISGENEROUS on the Schofield website.