Having worked on a number of successful watch collaborations in the past, iconic camera company Leica has now gone it alone and revealed the L1 and L2 timepieces.
Staying true to the brand’s heritage, the watches will be manufactured in Germany and have been designed by Professor Achim Heine, who designed a number of the company’s cameras.
Much like its cameras designs, the watches have a timeless quality with a relatively minimalist, functional face. “The Leica signature look can be found in the countless design elements and features of the watches,” Leica says. “The elegance of the hands and indexes, the shape of the finely-detailed stainless-steel case, the special fluting on the crown and the cambered shape of the glass that is reminiscent of a camera lens.”
Both models feature mechanical movements manufactured by partner Lehmann Präzision, which can be observed through a sapphire crystal back case. Other features include a 60 hour power reserve, date display, a diamond-embossed black calf leather strap, and the ability to remain waterproof up to 50-metres. The only difference between the L1 and the L2 appears to be an internal rotating bezel on the L2 to keep track of a second timezone when travelling.
Production will be limited to 400 pieces and the price is expected to be around the 10,000 EUR mark (approx. £8,750). Both watches will be available through 10 Leica boutiques around the world later this year.