Defakto Watches – German Made

DEFAKTO WATCHES

Since 1924, the Ickler family of Germany has been manufacturing top-notch timepieces – the manufacturers of Archimedes and Limes – and Raphael Ickler has kept this heritage alive by establishing a designer watch brand, Defakto in 2009. Situated in Pforzheim, Germany, Defakto watches are made with a minimal aesthetic design changing the way in which we interact with time. The watches come with a modern, simplistic, graphic sensibility which is restrained but bold.

 

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Ickler says; “Everything from concept to final design, administration, logistics and communications, comes from one person.”He says this is the main and most important backbone of the Defakto label as a brand.

 

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Though the Defakto watches features a minimal geometric form, the design of the luxury watches is a reminder of the teachings of the Bauhaus movement. Ickler explains; “I am fascinated by Minimalism, my first books about Bauhaus and Dieter Rams of course had an impact on what I do now. There is so much sensibility and character in simplicity.”

 

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Each model of the Defakto watches has its own unique characteristics. For instance, the brand’s first watch – the mechanical one-hand Defakto Eins – lets users have a more relaxed approach when reading time. Other Defakto series include the quartz one-hander Detail which come with minimal dials and characteristically slim beautiful cases. The cases are usually made of stainless steel, bronze or a mixture of steel, PVD and bronze elements.  The Akkord Modular is another great choice from the Defakto watch series. Featuring a striking stark dial, the mixed material case of the watch is gorgeous, combining personality and real materiality to the concept.

 

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The Defakto watches also feature sapphire crystal lens which are scratch-resistant as well as German-made calfskin leather straps which makes them unique and pleasing. Ickler’s focus on bold shapes, stark colors and minimal dials gives the watches a special appeal not often found in the world of luxury watches, while the production also gives them a quality hardly found in “design” watches.

 

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The design of these amazing watches can be defined as pilot-like and classic featuring elegantly thin, contouring lugs, a broad bezel and slab sides. Simply put, the execution of the Defakto watches is perfect!

 

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