The Light on Fratello! 496 ✦

The Light on Fratello! 496 ✦
5th March 2024 Schofield
Schofield field watch

From Thor Svaboe’s review for Fratello Magazine.

Many brands have a certain style or genre, while some get stuck in a favorite period, like the ’60s. But in a time when even smaller brands are diversifying and offering different takes on horology, the pure focus of Schofield’s Giles Ellis is brave. He has stuck to the big case design, clean lines, and graphic focus of his first watch, offering a plethora of delightful variations. But by introducing the Light, Ellis and Schofield take a smaller-cased step into the future, and we’re all for it…

…The Light has a tool-watch-appropriate 200m depth rating and screw-down crown, but the juxtaposition with the crisp, detailed graphics makes it utilitarian in an elegant way if that makes sense. Like a Leica, it is a clean-cut, instrument-like, and balanced object, with small pops of red in the GMT and seconds hand. A step in the dial matches the silver rim on the outer black chapter ring, encircling a clean grey inner dial. The off-centered text at about 4 o’clock is in a clean, modern font that riffs quietly on the military vibe of a field watch. But while the inspiration is recognizable, the Light isn’t easy to categorize, and for that, it ticks quite a few boxes for me, the contrarian. This is simply a Schofield…

Did you get to listen to Story 4 The Science of Black Watches, it was an obvious choice for the Sometime Podcast? Story 5 is out too! Go check it out. It is the Introduction to Design for Industry lecture I gave to the 32 degree students in my class. Obviously for Sometime it is read mellifluously (I try). Rest assured I was more animated in class!