How do you tell the time if your watch only has a single hand? Young German watchmakers Defakto teach us how with its one-hand inventions. The clock face of the Defakto Eins uses a single floating hollowed hand to tell you the time in intervals rather than minutes or seconds, with markings indicating the hour and quarter-hourly periods. Time can be accurately estimated within two minutes by reading the hour and relevant 15-minute period of that hour. The Defakto Detail provides smaller markers to denote five-minute periods with slightly more certainty, but these watches are really not for the extremely meticulous. If you’re a stickler for time, there’s the conventional two-hand version of the Eins called the Defakto Akkord which presents the same clean, simple and understated appeal. Decidedly a minimalist triumph in horology, Defakto watches were created by Raphael Ickler of Pforzheim, Germany. He was aspiring “to display the time with the minimum information while being exact as needed.”
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