Leica, the luxury camera makers, whose elegant creations chronicled some of the most legendary images in history, including the V-J Day Kiss in Times Square, is releasing its very first timepiece, the Leica Watch.
The new timepieces (a pair debuts), which will be expanded into a full line, is described as “mechanically highly complex and sophisticated watches made in small series.” Here's all you need to know about it:
1| There will be two models: the Leica L1 and L2
The concisely named Leica L1 and Leica L2 come in stainless steel. The L1 offers just what you need, the time and date. The L2, which is also available in 18 karat rose gold, has a GMT function, second time zone, and a day-night display. Both are designed by professor Achim Heine, a man most familiar with the language of Leica as the product designer of many of its cameras.
2| The design language remains
Of course, the clean and quiet of Leica cameras is applied to the watches. See the steel and black colorway, baton hands and indexes, detailed stainless-steel case, fluting on the crown, and cambered shape of the glass (reminiscent of a camera lens).
3| The watches are mechanical
Watch aficionados will be glad to know that both models are operated by a mechanical movement with manual winding. The magic of rotors can be viewed through the transparent case back of sapphire crystal.
4| The push-crown is a highlight
The patented push-crown handles both the setting of the time and resetting of second hand to zero.
5| The movements are made in Black Forest
Leica highlights that its watches are made in Germany. The camera maker has partnered with Lehmann Präzision GmbH for the watches' movements. The development, design, and a large proportion of the components come from Black Forest region (an actual place in Germany).
6| The finishing is done in Ernst Leitz Werkstätten
The rest of the work is done at Leica's very own manufacture, Ernst Leitz Werkstätten, found on the recently inaugurated third phase of Leitz-Park. The premises feature an assembly workshop, a consulting studio, and a store.
7| A limited edition model will be released
Now imagine all that with a red dial. This very special edition will be produced to mark the opening of Ernst Leitz Werkstätten.
The Leica L1 and the Leica L2 will be available in selected Leica stores and watch dealers in late 2018.