For a brand so steeped in the rich history of cameras, there is none quite like Leica. A brand loved my camera enthusiasts around the world, it is no surprise that Leica is considered to be a holy grail by many. Now, it will be stepping into the world of watchmaking with its very own product line of watches, the Leica L1 and the Leica L2.
When it comes to the designs of both the L1 and L2, the German camera company decided to work with Professor Achim Heine once again, after his numerous collaborations with Leica over the past two decades. Having developed multiple cameras and other optical devices, Heine has still managed to introduce hints and nods towards the signature Leica design language and style to the watches.
Drawing inspiration from past cameras, both the L1 and L2 feature the signature red dot logo on its crown through a round ruby set. Its power reserve indicator also pays tribute to a gauge found on the Leicameter light meter, which is made for the M3 rangefinder. Another nod towards its cameras are a push-piece crown that changes the colour of the aperture on the dial. When the watch is running, it’s white and when you push the crown to set the time, it changes to red.
Both timepieces share the same medium-to-large sizing at 41mm in diameter as well as being 14mm thick. Its cases come with a brushed stainless steel coating and you can have either the L1 or L2 is a dial colour of black or red. On the back sits a skeletal case, which displays the hand-wound movement. Speaking of movement, it’s done in collaboration with Lehmann Präzision GmbH out of Germany’s Black Forest.
While both watches do share similar characteristics in terms of movement and design, the L2 has a GMT hand and a day/night indicator. Meanwhile, the L1 only features the time and date. The L2 model will also be available in an 18k rose gold case.
The launch of the latest line up of watches comes after the launch of the third phase of the Leitz-Park. The Ernst Leitz Werkstätten will be housed at Leitz-Park and will offer an insight to the production of “Made in Germany” watches. In collaboration with the Ernst Leitz Werkstätten inauguration, two limited edition models of the stainless steel variants with a red dial will be released in the near future.
Pricing for the L1 will start at around 10,000 EUR, which will go on sale later this year at 10 different Leica stores worldwide. Leica is only planning to produce roughly 400 pieces in its first year of production. No word has yet been said about the L2.