Defakto is an independent German watchmaker that manufactures high-quality minimal design watches since 2009. The diversity of manufacturing and craftsmanship in Germany is an integral characteristic of Defakto. Very few watch brands can offer such high in-house added value. On the design level, all watches of the Defakto collection are products of Bauhaus-inspired contemporary minimalist design. This mindset is built upon the function-driven, high-quality Ickler Manufactory watch cases, the pure aesthetic of a balanced interplay between hands and dial, and the reliability of precise Swiss and Japanese movements. Defakto watches offer advanced design concepts in terms of function and time perception. The puristic Defakto watch collection offers in-house-manufactured, three- and two-hand – and even single-hand – watches in a range of different versions. Each Defakto wristwatch is made in Germany and can be further individualized according to the customer’s desires. Guaranteed by Raphael Ickler, Designer and Founder of Defakto, the unmatched quality of the watches can be
attributed to the Ickler family’s more than 90 years of watchmaking experience. This tradition goes back to 1924, when Karl Ickler founded Ickler GmbH in Pforzheim, Germany, a city famous for the production of fine watches and jewelry, situated directly at the foot of the Black Forest. Nearly all processes –from design to development, production, communication and watchmaking – are carried out personally by 35-year-old Designer and Managing Director Raphael Ickler. This level of personal attention produces stringent, honest watches, emphasizing an aesthetic of unique minimalism and sustainable, regional fabrication. Defakto is also a member of the "Deutscher Werkbund" – an institution founded in 1907 by Peter Behrens – the "Wiener Werkstätten", as well as other collectives of craftsmen and professionals. The Deutscher Werkbund is an "association of artists, architects, entrepreneurs and experts" with a long history of innovation that gave rise to the Bauhaus movement. It remains a key initiator in the fields of modern architecture and industrial design to this day.
As one of the first independent microbrand watch manufacturers focusing on minimalist watch design, Defakto celebrates its 10th anniversary. All aspects of the company, from the idea, the concept, the final design and development of a Defakto wristwatch, in-house production of the watchcase, surface treatment, the engraving and watchmaking processes, the complete assembly, logistics and customer communication, product photography and web design come from a single source - the founder and executive of Defakto Raphael Ickler. This self-sufficient, sustainable development and care process leads to honest, stringent products and direct communication with the person responsible for every aspect of the products – a level of engagement that is unmatched in the watchmaking world.
Since the begining the company consists of only one person, 35-year-old designer and founder Raphael Ickler, that creates, develpes and manufactures every model from A-Z. Based on this fact all Defakto Watches incooporate their characteristic stringency of design. Considering Defakto also involves inhouse-made high quality watch cases, watchmaking and customer contact from a single source – watches are born of of unrivalled authenticity. Such a high density of in-house manufacturing is hard to find in the price range. The price level is made possible by direct sales of the watches via this website.
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The diversity of manufacturing and craftsmanship in Germany is an integral characteristic of Defakto. Very few watch brands can offer such high in-house added value. On the design level, all watches of the Defakto collection are products of Bauhaus-inspired contemporary minimal design. This mindset is built up from the function-driven, high-quality Ickler Manufaktur watch cases, the pure aesthetic of a balanced interplay between hands and dial, and the reliability of precise Swiss and Japanese movements. Defakto watches offer advanced design concept aspects on the meta level. As an example, the Defakto Kinetik’s design is based on the visual emphasis of the geometrical constellations generated by the interaction of the skeletonized hands and the dial components. For the Eins and Mono one-hand watches, fifteen- or five-minute indexes convey a more relaxed experience of time.
The Defakto watch cases are manufactured from 316L stainless steel or CuSn8 bronze. The black coating used on some watchcase surfaces consists of PVD, a highly durable material originally used to harden industrial milling tools. The watches’ high-quality movements are Swiss Made (ETA 2824, Ronda 712, Ronda 6004.D) or Made in Japan (Miyota 9015) and are known for their precision and durability in everyday life. All Defakto watches are available with black or white dials, with a range of material or surface variations, and can be further customized upon customer request. Biodegradable Swiss Made Superluminova is used in watches with luminous components. Almost all Defakto wristwatch models are also available without the Defakto logo as the so-called Inkognito versions. These models can even be built as right- or left-handed watches.
All leather straps are handcrafted for Defakto in Bavaria, Germany, from high-quality European cowhide. Each bracelet comes with an engraved Defakto buckle, additional or separately-ordered straps are supplied with two spring brackets. All Defakto leather bracelets are designed for arm circumferences from 17 cm to 21.5 cm. The Defakto Lack leather strap is suitable for small to medium arm dimensions, from 14.5 to 19 cm.
In addition, Defakto watches offer individually adjustable bracelets of non-animal origin. For example, the 100% natural rubber strap or the high quality Perlon or NATO straps. Defakto also offers stainless steel bracelets available in a rough segmented style or as a fine Milanese version. The customizable Defakto straps and bracelets are shipped in their default setting. The individual customization is simple.
All our mechanical watches are shipped in a German-made box hand-crafted exclusively for Defakto. The box is constructed from 100% recycled paper and offers the rough, lively surface of natural cardboard. The double-sided bookbinding cardboard, which is laminated to solid 1300 g/m2 weight, makes the Defakto packaging stable while being haptically and optically elegant. Each box is processed from a single piece of laminated cardboard.
The scribed and bowed edges show architectural features and give the box its unmistakably minimalist shape. Inside, the watch is fixed to a free-floating carton by two black rubber loops. This inner system is removable from the box for better handling. The cellastic cut on the back of the lid provides additional protection. The three-piece box, with recessed, white Defakto embossing has dimensions of 280 x 80 x 30 mm.
As standard, all Defakto Quartz watches come with our sleek, black, German-made cardboard box. Accompanying our very flat watches Mono, Dialog and Struktur, the box is reminiscent of those of high quality knives. During shipping your watch is also safely embedded in black, coarse-pored foam.
The outside of the box has a structured, matt surface and offers opulent aesthetics and haptics. The white Defakto logo is embossed on the lid. The edges of the box are slightly rounded. This Defakto packaging has a size of 255 x 55 x 20 mm and comes in 500 g/m2 material weight.