With the inauguration of the third Leitz Park part, one other Leica product line will likely be launched: wristwatches. With the opening of the “Ernst Leitz Werkstätten” the german producer introduces two fashions: Leica L1 and Leica L2.

The fashions will likely be obtainable in chosen Leica Stores in addition to at watch sellers worldwide from autumn 2018 – Leica L2 can even be obtainable in a model with an 18 karat rose gold case. To mark the event of the “Ernst Leitz Werkstätten” commencing operation, restricted particular fashions of the 2 chrome steel variations with a purple dial will likely be launched.

Leica presents the first wristwatch collection with Leica L1 and L2
Leica presents the first wristwatch collection with Leica L1 and L2
Leica presents the first wristwatch collection with Leica L1 and L2
Leica presents the first wristwatch collection with Leica L1 and L2
Leica presents the first wristwatch collection with Leica L1 and L2
Leica presents the first wristwatch collection with Leica L1 and L2

The watches have been designed by Professor Achim Heine, who has sketched quite a few Leica merchandise through the years. The Leica signature look could be discovered within the numerous design parts: the magnificence of the fingers and indexes, the form of the finely-detailed stainless-steel case, the particular fluting on the crown and the cambered form of the glass that’s harking back to a digital camera lens.

The fashions are powered by a mechanical motion with handbook winding, which could be considered via the sapphire crystal backsheet. Also within the manufacturing of the watches the label “Made in Germany” is essential. Therefore Leica cooperates with Lehmann Präzision GmbH. The growth, design and a big proportion of the elements come from the manufacture located in Germanys’ Black Forest.

The full press launch:

Ernst Leitz Werkstätten: Opening of the manufacture and presentation of the Leica Watch

Wetzlar, 13 June 2018. With the inauguration of the third section of the Leitz Park, the “Ernst Leitz Werkstätten” commences operations and establishes a totally new and unique product line within the Leica Camera AG portfolio: mechanically extremely advanced and complicated watches made in small sequence. The Ernst Leitz Werkstätten is housed on the most recent section of Leitz Park and gives an enchanting perception into the frilly manufacturing of “Made in Germany” watches via the manufacture’s viewing home windows. Their premises embrace an meeting workshop, a consulting studio and a retailer.

Two fashions – the LEICA L1 and the LEICA L2 – will initially be obtainable for the launch of the Leica Watch. Both variants draw their design inspiration from the creativity and precision, the hallmarks of the world-famous model from Wetzlar. Both fashions have been designed by Professor Achim Heine, who was overlooking the design of many Leica Camera merchandise through the years and has intensive information of the corporate’s design ideas. The Leica signature look could be discovered within the numerous design parts and options of the watches: the magnificence of the fingers and indexes, the form of the finely-detailed stainless-steel case, the particular fluting on the crown and the cambered form of the glass that’s harking back to a digital camera lens.

Both fashions are operated by a mechanical motion with handbook winding, which has been newly developed and could be considered via the glass case again made of strong sapphire crystal. For Leica, the “Made in Germany” facet is especially vital, therefore the collaboration with Lehmann Präzision GmbH. The growth, design and a big proportion of the elements come from the manufacture located in Germanys’ Black Forest and assist the watches to realize a really distinct vertical vary of manufacture.

Design and know-how complement one another completely in Leica watches: each the entrance glass and the back-case-cover are made from scratch-resistant sapphire crystal, with the entrance being anti-reflective on each side, and every mannequin has the patented push-piece crown with a corresponding standing show on the dial. The mixture with the zero setting of the second hand is one other particular function – the crown is subsequently not solely aesthetically interesting, but in addition provides a helpful perform to the watches.

The design, which is diminished to the necessities and paired with uncompromisingly top quality, make the LEICA L1 and LEICA L2 not solely a practical instrument, but in addition an actual assertion piece.

Dr Andreas Kaufmann, Chairman of the Supervisory Board and majority shareholder of Leica Camera AG, in regards to the Ernst Leitz Werkstätten: ‘I’m very blissful that this long-term challenge can now be lastly offered. I imagine that along with our companions we’ve got succeeded in creating a “Made in Germany” watch that’s worthy of the title Leica and which represents the values of our premium model extraordinarily properly!’

Markus Lehmann, Managing Director of Lehmann Präzision GmbH, on the cooperation with Leica Camera: ‘We built precision machines for Leica years ago, independently of this project. It has of course been very interesting to work with Leica in two such different areas, although the watch project was and is a project very close to my heart. We knew in the run-up to this project that this cooperation will be fruitful, which helped to intensify our partnership significantly.’

The LEICA L1 and the LEICA L2 will likely be obtainable in chosen Leica Stores in addition to at watch sellers worldwide from autumn 2018. The L2 mannequin can even be obtainable in a model with an 18 karat rose gold case. To mark the event of the Ernst Leitz Werkstätten commencing operation, restricted particular fashions of the 2 chrome steel variations with a purple dial will likely be launched.