Weâ€™ve covered a variety of different watches from the group that contains Archimede, Limes, and Defakto.Â Â Weâ€™ve been seeing updates from the first two brands with some regularity, but it has felt like things had gone a bit quiet from Defakto.Â Â That is, until we received word of the Defakto Stille Nacht, a rather luminous (and affordable) surprise to our inbox.
Often, when it comes to watches from this group, thereâ€™s a lot of focus on Ickler-designed cases, and rightfully so (theyâ€™re rather well sorted). Â Instead, with theÂ Defakto Stille Nacht, the focus is really on the dial. Â Here, they start with a midnight blue base, and then airbrush (by hand) a field of stars, both in regular and luminous paints. Â Over the top of this a simple white handset (you can opt for a single- or a dual-hand configuration) spins. Â The hand(s) are not lumed, and instead, rely on the backlight from the starry sky. Â The PR claims itâ€™s still readable in the dark, and Iâ€™m inclined to believe them.
Iâ€™m also inclined to believe that the dial of Defakto Stille Nacht looks rather stunning in a darkened room – or, you know, outside at night. Â Many of us are fans of glowing bits on our watches (and other EDC gear, it would seem), and for me, that use of lume goes in a special direction when itâ€™s applied to celestial items (the moon, the stars, etc). Â It just feels right, you know? Â And here, tucked into a 40mm PVD case that has a fairly thin bezel (and a thin profile at 6.6mm, for that matter), all of the attention is focused right up on the dial.
When a watch is as aesthetically design-oriented as theÂ Defakto Stille Nacht looks to be, and in a limited edition (only 50 pieces here, total, being made), we expect to pay a premium, right? Â Well, Defakto is flipping that playbook out the window. Â Whether you go for the single- or dual-hand configuration, or want to get the watch in a left-handed or right-handed setup, itâ€™s all the same price – $318Â (outside of the EU). Â By keeping the focus on that hand-made dial, stuff like the movement (here, a Ronda 712) does not have to be the focus, and some money can be saved.
For a watch like theÂ Defakto Stille Nacht, I am a fan. Â Yeah, a super-slim mechanical movement would have been stunning, but the price would be astronomical. Â I like that the astronomy is kept to the dial. Â And being quartz, this is a watch that just fits well as an occasional sort of a watch – headed out to an open-air concert in the evening say. Â With quartz, you feel comfortable doing that. Â If it were mechanical (and had that price tag that would come along) you would want to wear it more often, and I have a feeling the novelty of the dial would wear thin. Â As an occasional piece, though, that uniqueness remains fresh, and makes for a fun watch that keeps on being fun. Â defakto-uhren.de
- Brand & Model:Â Defakto Stille Nacht
- Price:Â $318 (outside the EU)
- Who we think it might be for:Â You want to carry a piece of that starry nighttime sky around with you all the time
- Would I buy one for myself based on what Iâ€™ve seen? Yes, this looks to be a fun piece
- If I could make one design suggestion, it would be:Â Perhaps give the buys an option for whether or not they want lumed hands?
- What spoke to me the most about this watch:Â That star field, captain!
- Ref-Nr.: 4.DET-0301-SW-SN
- Limited to a total of 50 pieces independent of configuration, single-hand version
- Flat, two-piece stainless steel watchcase (316L), fine sandblasted, PVD-coated
- Massive, engraved, screw-down case back (316L) with running number 1/50 -50/50
- 40 mm x 46.8 mm x 6.6 mm, 44 g
- Ronda 712 movement, made in Switzerland
- Matte night-blue dial, without logo
- Hand-applied airbrushed starfields
- Larger stars fluorescent, Superluminova
- Ergonomic clasp with engraved Defakto logo
- Antireflective sapphire crystal
- German-made Defakto cowhide strap
- Water resistant to 5 atm
- Made in Pforzheim, Germany