When we found out a few weeks ago that Defakto had released a new watch, we got very excited. They are one of the few brands out there right now that truly follows the beat of their own drum. Their first watch was an ETA 2824-2 powered automatic one-hander called the Eins, which we reviewed a variation of here. Their second watch was also an automatic, but a 2-hander, called the Akkord. Aesthetically, the watches are bold, but restrained, with large high contrast markers and hands, yet the good sense to hold back ever so slightly and focus on proportions. They speak both to contemporary graphic design and classical schools of design. The outcome was two very distinct watches, available in several versions that go for about $500 – $600. For their third watch, Defakto went back to the one hand concept, stayed true the graphic roots of the brand, but did everything differently, creating a very unique and interesting watch.
The Detail brings a few things to the Defakto line up. One, it’s their smallest watch measuring 40 mm by a remarkably thin 6.6mm, making it easily unisex and easier to wear for those with a smaller wrist. Two, it’s a quartz watch, running off of a Ronda 715 movement. This allowed for the incredible thinness, but also allows for a lower price and lower weight. Not to mention that the Ronda 715 has a claimed battery life of 70 months, nearly 6 years, making this a watch you can rely on for quite sometime. And third, it’s their most inexpensive at 280 Euros or about $345. But for that price, you are still getting a genuine German made watch, built by the Ickler family manufactory in Pforzheim, as well as a sapphire crystal with AR coating. So, if one-handed watches are your thing, or if you have been tempted by them, but have yet to pull the trigger, the Detail might very well be a watch you will find very appealing.