Leica picks up on a project that dates back to 2012 for its release of the L1 and L2 mechanical watches. Working with Achim Heine, a past collaborator responsible for designing some of Leica’s past optical innovations, the watches follow the camera brand’s DNA in an impeccable manner.
The made-in-Germany watches both feature a 41mm case, a jeweled-crown, a power reserve function (running 60 hours off a full wind), and a clever red/white dot setting indicator that’s reminiscent of the red dot found on Leica’s series of iconic cameras. The L2 model differs from the L1 by way of GMT function, as it incorporates an internal rotating bezel that’s set by an additional crown at the 4 o’clock position. Other shared functions are the date and small-seconds subdial found at 3 o’clock and 6 o’clock, respectively.
It’s apparent that Leica has put a fair amount of resources into creating these timepieces, setting the bar quite high as Leica’s inaugural, non-licensed timepiece. Limited to 400 pieces, the L1 and L2 will release later this year for a price of €10,000 EUR (approximately $11,800 USD).
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