UK watchmakers, Schofield, have long been on our radar here at Coolector HQ and we’ve been itching for them to release a new timepiece because the last one they made was back in 2018. Well, as it turns out, it was definitely worth the wait because they’ve just announced the extraordinary looking and devilishly detailed “Strange Lights” collection which will certainly appeal to those who believe the truth is out there….
The Schofield Watch Company “Strange Lights” Watch boasts a full titanium case which is responsible for making it the lightest Schofield watch ever made at a mere 85g. Available in two colours – namely, not quite red and not quite green, a little off, strange. The design plays on Schofield’s domain; the English coast with a touch of the obscure. Synonymous with crafting visually impactful watches that are designed for comfortable, everyday wear, this is one timepiece that can beam us up here at Coolector HQ.
The stand out design feature of the “Strange Lights” Watch from Schofield Watch Company is the case back engraving which depicts a 1950s style UFO hovering above Smeaton’s Tower, which is a lighthouse that represents Great British engineering and innovation. This lighthouse is also featured on Schofield’s first ever watch the Signalman, followed by many others over the last decade. “Strange Lights”, traces that journey and is a loud and confident celebration of a decade of first class watchmaking.
With such an impressive casing as witnessed with Schofield’s “Strange Lights” Watch, it’s hard not to be bowled over with what the UK watchmaker has achieved here. The wholly machined and finished British made case is a striking one piece construction of vapour blasted titanium that is robust and no-nonsense as they come. The side of the case has been engraved SWC SL-1 ‘Schofield Watch Company Strange Lights 1’. This aesthetic expertly tallies with P-2 , Schofield’s new fountain pen and UV-1 a small ultra-violet torch (a must for any watch lover).
The intricate and elaborate deep laser engraving on the case back says it all with a retro UFO beaming a light over Smeaton’s Tower lighthouse, so many lights in a strange combination. The crown is an intricate wonder; the gold-plated nail groove matches the hands, the mixture of matte and polished surfaces, the unicode symbol for a lighthouse engraved into the face. The crystal is a double domed and chamfered sapphire with a blue anti-reflection coating that makes it look so lens-like and will catch plenty of eyes whenever you’re wearing it.
Schofield commissioned custom Super LumiNova for the dials, a coloured pigment that matches the dials yet emits green. Red for the red dial, green for the green. This luminousness is most striking in the dark and the ring around the outer circumference is akin to the Blacklamp. The new hand set boasts a play on the original Sign-of-Life hand found on some Beater models, but here it is a counter poise only, which indicates time is passing but without the need for to the second time-telling. The hands on the “Strange Lights” collection are brushed bronze and the glints of gold match the ring in the crown.
The “Strange Lights” watches from Schofield Watch Company use a movement which is the ubiquitous stalwart of quality and reliability in the watchmaking industry – namely, the ETA 2824-2. This impressive, timekeeper is gold-plated and highly finished and it has a retro feel in this much less common variant. You cannot see it behind the solid case back – but it’s there keeping your watch accurate and ticking over in some considerable style. If you’re after a conversation starter for your wrist, look no further. (£3295)