Camera Maker Leica Transitions to Making Beautiful Mechanical Watches.
Leica returns to a project they left in the past with the L1 and L2 mechanical watches. They’ve worked closely with Achim Heine. A close collaborator responsible for creating some of Leica’s past camera models. With unmatched precision the watches follow the camera makers design language to a tee.
Both watches are German made and feature a 41mm case, a jeweled-crown, a power reserve function (running 60 hours off a full wind). As well as a clever red/white dot setting indicator 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 set by an additional crown at the 4 o’clock position. Other shared functions feature the date and small-seconds sub-dial found at 3 o’clock and 6 o’clock, respectively.
The attention to detail is nothing less than what we’d expect from a company such as Leica. They’ve always set the bar high and it applies to their inaugural, non-licensed timepieces. Leica will only make 400 pieces, the L1 and L2 will release later this year for approximately $11,800 USD.