Six Pips No. 434 The new Japanese Beater B5! ▶◀

Six Pips No. 434 The new Japanese Beater B5! ▶◀
12th August 2022 SWC
  • Plum blossom dial
  • Japanese sakura watch in box
  • matching lapel pin
  • Side of sakura watch
  • Schofield plum dial 2

1. Evening all. Wow, look! Let me tell you about our new Japanese Beater B5!
The Bronze B4 was only half the story. This new Japanese B5 is the light to the B4’s dark! The prettiest Schofield to date. A muted, blossom coloured dial in a specially textured case similar in finish to traditional Suzuki or Shibuichi items. There are depths to the texture because the machining marks can be seen below the finish. The case back is very special indeed, traditionally made in sterling silver and glass enamel we see a scene of an old plum tree, inspired by a Fuchū manhole cover. The strap is plum canvas with a stitch to match the dial. Somebody wrote that the Bronze B4 is Giles’ love letter to Japan, having been a Japanophile his entire life, the B5 needed to reflect elements of Japan the B4 missed – the Sakura, the subtle, beauty and calm.

2. Schofield is known for its complex case shape which has been improved and refined over the last decade. This case differs from others in three ways. Firstly, the underlying machining path has been reworked to exaggerate the fingerprint left by the 5 axis CNC mill. Secondly, we have added a radius to the bezel for a slightly softer look as well as improving dent resistance and thirdly, by offering a new media finish we call Middle-Tex. The case is stainless steel with a texture that sits between our vapour-blasted finish and the severe Brutalist finish of some rare Beaters.

Limited to 29 pieces
Price is £3580 including VAT (UK / free shipping) or £2983 excluding VAT (US, Canada, Europe, ROW + shipping)

You can get your online now! 🙂

3. This is the last dial with this familiar topography, hours at cardinal points including a slash-0 at 12, darts between the numbers and a minute track bordering the stepped level and colour change in the dial. Using Super-LumiNova C3 with a bright green emission, most obvious is the luminescent ring around the outer circumference, the same can be seen on this watch’s brother the Japanese Bronze Beater B4. The handset features our Sign-of-Life hand found on many watches and even on the Small Wall Clock, a counterpoise only, indicating time is passing but without the need for precision time-telling. The hands are brushed gold and match the gold ring in the middle of the crown.

4. We consider ourselves experts in Japanese fabrics having used so many over the years. The strap seen here is Japanese Plum Canvas, a coarse weave with real depth of colour achieved, naturally, by dyeing with persimmon and plum . The lining is indigo calf. The buckle brushed stainless steel.

5. Those who purchase Schofields do so for more reasons than the watch alone – Membership to our Buoys Club, the weekly newsletter, the Six Pips, myriad straps and buckles, pens and other watch-related accessories. The Japanese B5 comes in a special edition ash box with new engravings and a rebate for the matching pin. A beautifully made, simple treasure trove with an ‘X marks the spot’ engraved into the lid. The central watch holding block can be removed making the box useful. There is no plastic or foam, instead the watch sits within a milled block of solid cedar. What’s more, we use an ingenious recycled card packaging in line with our concern for the planet.

6. We have also made a little lapel pin in the same design, again in silver, for you to wear on your jacket. In fact, all new Schofields come with a specific pin, designed to be a summary of the watch it accompanies. It comes in the box, sitting in its own little recess next to the watch.