We love cameras and we love watches. This is therefore the perfect opportunity to present Leica’s new wristwatches, the L1 and L2. Inspired by its cameras, the watch demonstrates a careful use of the “Red-Dot” with a glass that reminds us of a camera lens. The price: $14,000 for the most advanced model. Would you buy it?
Leica therefore entered the watch industry. In fact, Leica has been developing watches since 2018, but now this project has come to fruition. Introducing Leia’s new watches, the LEICA L1 and LEICA L2. The main difference between the L1 and L2 watches is that the latter has a second GMT complication to display a different time zone, plus a day/night indicator. The main details are below.
The watch (which is “Made in Germany”) has a patented “red dot” pusher crown which is a unique combination of form and function. According to Leica, it is inspired by the shutter button of a camera. The push-crown of the Leica watch is pushed in and not pulled out. Pressing the crown of the Leica L1 and Leica L2 triggers the reset of the second hand and the status display on the dial changes from white to red. This mechanism can also be used to set the date with another date button while pressing the crown again re-engages the movement. The Leica L2 also features a GMT crown that can display both time zones with a single hand.
Leica points out that the domed watch glass is reminiscent of a camera lens. The precise movement is framed by a clear crystal back and scratch-resistant sapphire crystal front with double-sided anti-reflective coating. Mechanically, both models are hand-wound watches displaying hours, minutes and seconds, a date window, status and power reserve. The Leica L1 and Leica L2 are equipped with a domed scratch-resistant sapphire crystal, a transparent caseback and are both water resistant to a depth of 50 meters I ATM. The power reserve guarantees at least 60 hours of movement and is adorned with regularly closing blades reminiscent of the shutters of a Leica camera.
- Patented push-button crown
- Mode indicator
- Power reserve indicator
- Small second hand
- date push button
- date window
- GMT rotating bezel (Leica L2 only)
- Day/night display for GMT function (Leica L2 only
- GMT crown (Leica L2 only)
Leica cameras are very expensive. His watches are no different. Currently, Leica watches will only be available in seven select markets, China, Singapore, Japan, United States, Austria, Russia and United Arab Emirates. The price of the L1 is $10,000 and the L2 is $14,000. Should you buy one?