Schofield’s Signalman DLC GMT PR was named as the winner of the Rising Stars of the Year category in WatchPro’s 2012 Watches of the Year. The 2013 Watches of the Year is now open for nominations.
When we first discovered Schofield one autumn afternoon in 2011 we knew we had stumbled across something special. An English watch brand that was all about creating a timepiece of the best quality, with no corners cut or decisions too heavily influenced by budget. The brand’s founder Giles Ellis oversees every single design, complication and material choice in the manufacture of the Signalman timepieces, having decided to create his own watch after finding that the high street did not quite provide what he was looking for from a timepiece. After the trials and tribulations that come with launching a brand, Ellis introduced his two debut watches at Salon QP in November last year, instigating a buzz among discerning watch folk.
The essence of the brand is hard to distil into just a paragraph, but the 44mm Signalman GMT, with its matte-black DLC-coated stainless steel case, has made our list despite being limited to just 100 pieces. This smart watch features a Swiss-made Soprod 9335 automatic movement and has a power reserve of 42 hours. We adore its tactile shape — it is not ashamed to be simple — but also the brand’s finer details such as the shark-skin strap, which is lined with green calf skin leather and the lighthouse engraved on the caseback.
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