Schofield launched its newest watch, The Telemark in January. It was already showcased in November, 2017 at Salon QP but had not yet been officially launched at the time.
The Telemark sits within the ‘Markers’ family of Schofield watches, which was originally pioneered by the Daymark. Typical of Schofield, the design elements are steeped in history and narrative; with this model being inspired by the 1960s war film, Heroes of Telemark.
Schofield’s founder, Giles Ellis describes it best in his own words; “The Telemark is a little off-piste, a watch initially inspired by a film, The Heroes of Telemark, is often cited as being the best dressed men’s film of all time and this fact set the Telemark’s course as being both sartorial and elegant but also functional – as if lives depend on it.
Clarity in all light conditions, rugged architecture and a refined finish. The design contains many little nods to the film whilst maintaining Schofield’s overall aesthetic and geometry. Overall I’m proud to say that this watch has exceeded my own expectations and it’s among the finest pieces I’ve designed to date”.
The Telemark case is precision machined, vapor-blast stainless steel with a unibody construction thereby using the best of German engineering to realize a very English watchmaker’s design.
The iconic Schofield case shape is bold and austere but there is detail here too, like the small notch under the crown for your nail and the crystal set below the lip of the bezel. The double O-ring crown is engraved with a lighthouse symbol and the extravagant laser-engraved image of Jomfruland lighthouse dominates the case-back. At 24mm between the lugs this watch will take any straps manufactured by Schofield, meaning that the overall aesthetic can be personalised by the individual wearer with ease.
The dial of this watch has a typical Schofield aesthetic but unusually it is asymmetrical with the date marker at 4:30 surrounded by the Unicode symbol for a lighthouse or a naval contact mine depending on the point of view. The hour markers in the chapter ring are black anodized appliqués filled with Super-LumiNova C5 adding subtle color to an overall monochromatic design. The word ‘Schofield’ replaces the nine minute marks on the chapter ring, ‘Telemark’ appears at 9 o’clock on the dial but probably more striking than both of these and a first for Schofield is the fully numerated dial reminiscent of Bauhaus design and even AEG industrial clocks.
The Telemark’s hands are oversized making them perfect for visibility in all conditions. The tips of which are filled with Super-LumiNova C3 giving them a subtly different tone to the appliqués. The second hand tapers at either end and the counterpoise is filled with lume which provides a visual contrast to the other end which is pink.
Everything about this watch has to meet the designer’s exacting standards – the choice of movement, materials and finishes, the intricate details of design, the engineering, mechanics and its very function – a watch to tell the time with is supported by the highest levels of expertise in watchmaking and component manufacture from England to Germany and Switzerland. The Telemark represents the international scope of this quintessentially English company.
Special notes about Telemark
• The word ‘Schofield’ replaces 9 minute marks on the chapter ring
• The hour markers in the chapter ring are black anodised appliqués filled with Super-LumiNova C5
• Case – Vapour-blasted stainless steel, Dimensions – 44mm diameter base, 42mm bezel, 15.1mm high Weight – 134 grams with strap
• Date disk reprinted for horizontal readability at 4:30
• All the parts of the hands and the windows line up when overlapping
• The second hand tapers towards the tip and the counterpoise
• The second hand counterpoise is filled with lume
• The case has a nail rebate for pulling out the crown
• The crown also has a groove for your nails to grip to pull out
• The case has a slight radius on the outer edge of the bezel
• The box is Osmo ash, the queen of English timbers
Retail £3000 (ex VAT) outside Europe. £3600 (incl. VAT)
Editorial Credit: Mike Stuffler
Photo Credit: Mike Stuffler, Schofield Watch Company