While vehicles and watches are known to be exceptionally related universes, photography and watches obviously don’t share numerous connections. However, a few previously existing models showed this association – think Ming watches by picture taker Ming Thein or screen propelled Valbray watches . Today, the story is unique, as it’s quite possibly the most noticeable camera producers that is entering the watch game, and so on: Leica. With “Made in Germany” as a top priority and a serious noteworthy mechanical bundle, meet the Leica L1 & L2 watches.
For its entrance into the watchmaking business, Leica presents a couple of watches – the time-and-date L1 and the GMT-prepared L2 – which are, from the outset, not shouting their association with the universe of photography. Also, from the expressions of the brand, this was not the thought here. Don’t expect a screen enlivened watch, similar to the Valbray/Leica cooperation introduced in 2014 . The new models, this time started by Leica and delivered under Leica’s oversight, are appropriate watches and not photography-like tricks. What bodes well here isn’t the connection with the photography world however the engraving of this new item portion under the Leica umbrella, with “Made in Germany” and brand DNA in mind.
Design-wise, the Leica L1 and L2 watches are moderately careful and clean. Truth be told, something that relates very well to the first plan of the Leica M camera – unquestionably quite possibly the most notable cameras at any point made. Proposed in a steel and dark shading plan, with only a couple white and red accents, this pair of watches is intended to be immortal and useful, as all great Leica item. A 41mm x 14mm steel case, cleaned and brushed, an embellished calk leather tie, a dark dial… from the get go, nothing to make you hit the roof! However, the mechanical and utilitarian parts are far sexier.
The two models vary by the included complications, yet both offer a similar fundamental showcase. Time is demonstrated in a traditional manner – focal hours and minutes, little second at 6 o’clock – with stick hands and applied files over a matte dark dial. The date window is situated at 3 o’clock – absolutely traditional you might think – anyway it is changed by means of a press button at 2 o’clock. Another particularity: the little opening obvious on the correct side of the pivot of the hands. This is a setting marker which changes tone as indicated by the situation of the crown.
For its first watches, Leica has incorporated a sharp push-crown. At the point when the gap is white, the watch is running and the development can be wound. Push the crown and the gap becomes red, implying that the watch is in changing mode (to set the time). Additionally, connected to this push crown is a zero-reset instrument of the little second for an exact change of the time. The push-crown component is constrained by a segment wheel indistinguishable from what is found in very good quality chronographs. At last, the L2 model fuses a moderately essential GMT work – truth be told, just an inner turning bezel – just as a day-night pointer. Something somewhat more practical would have been welcome.
Powering the watch is a “Made in Germany” development, something that was beloved to Dr Andreas Kaufmann, the fundamental investor of Leica. Hence, the development has been grown (particularly for Leica, in this way being a so-called proprietary development) by Lehmann Präzision GmbH, a development engineer situated in the Black Forest district. This hand-wound development is pleasantly planned, with to a great extent opened scaffolds and 3D design. The embellishment stays mechanical yet wonderful. This development has a 60h force hold and runs at 4hz.
The new Leica L1 & L2 are some way or another in the vein of the other Leica items: utilitarian, sensible, limited as far as plan yet precisely fascinating. These watches will be accessible as of Fall 2018 in Leica stores and chose retailers. Costs are not cheap however, as beginning at EUR 9,900 for the L1 model.