Hanhart Stopwatches in the News
It is always fascinating to see how customers use our timekeeping devices in their daily working lives and we have been privileged to be invited into some amazing environments to see our instruments at work.
Since 1902 Hanhart have been researching, constructing and perfecting the art of the mechanical stopwatch and in today's world, these timepieces are used in many different ways. Horse race trainers, submariners, aircrew and film and television makers etc., all have a need for reliable and precise instruments.
At Page and Cooper, we are fortunate to supply stopwatches to many professionals and, when precise timing is of the utmost importance, we are proud to be the company they turn to.
It recently gave us great pleasure when we received a call from the charming Julie Ebbs at ITV News, who was looking to replace the news production team's original Hanhart stopwatches with more modern but still classic looking Hanhart Split-Seconds Addition Timers. Julie and her team rely on mechanical stopwatches when timing outside live reports, video segments and other allotted slots for the daily evening news. ITV news has a daily audience of more than 1,000,000!
Hanhart are today one of the very few manufacturers of stopwatches in Europe. Working closely with them, we have assembled a range with a variety of functions tailored to many different needs.
I myself checked the watches, preparing them for use the same evening and drove from London to Bristol to make a personal handover. One of the most loved features of the traditional Hanhart stopwatch is its absolute reliability, essential to Julie who, with her team, has the complicated task of broadcasting two news programmes simultaneously at 6pm every evening. I was invited to join her in the news production office as the programme came together. Julie put together the running script for the evening with accurate timings and also the autocues for the presenters, Kylie Pentelow and Ian Axton.
The running order being established, we moved through to the studio to check the location of cameras, lighting and projection and then on to the gallery where the show is produced. This is a world of HDR, digital electronics and digital timing but quizzing Julie it became evident that even in today's digital environment, the pure mechanical and analogue nature of Hanhart had great relevance.
The absolutely clear legibility afforded by the watch face, the comfortable ergonomic shape, the non-reliance on a charger (you can fully wind a Hanhart stopwatch in a few seconds) are advantages provided by mechanical construction and of course there are no electronic components to interfere, or be interfered with by the plethora of studio equipment.
The broadcast began. The pace at which everyone was galvanised into action was amazing. The saying "Every second counts" became obvious. The challenge for the team was to smoothly progress through each segment whether in the studio, pre-recorded or an outside broadcast. It was evident that the aim of the timing element of the show was to recover precious seconds as the programme progressed, allowing for any unexpected overruns or delays.
Page and Cooper's Hanhart stopwatches were in use from the moment the broadcast began to the moment it finished. They performed admirably. If you would like to find out more about Hanhart stopwatches please don’t hesitate to contact us.
And of course, thanks to Julie and the ITV team who made our visit possible.