Leica Is Making Watches Now (Seriously)

June 14, 2018

A look at the mechanical innards of the L2 watch from Leica.

Leica is no stranger to luxury goods, so perhaps what follows isn’t too surprising. The company has announced that its luxury products division (“Ernst Leitz Werkstätten”) will release a pair of limited edition mechanical watches.

The Leica L1 and L2 were designed by Professor Achim Heine, who oversaw the design of many Leica camera products and “has extensive knowledge of the company’s design principles,” according to a company statement. They were manufactured in collaboration with Lehmann Präzision using a highly localized supply chain, Leica says.

In a tip of the hat to the analog days, these watches require manual winding. The front and back of the watch are made from sapphire crystal with a patented push-piece crown with a corresponding status display on the dial.

The L2.

You can pick up the Leica watches in Leica Stores and watch dealers starting this fall. The L1 and L2 are identical but the L2 is sold with an 18 karat rose gold case, while the L1’s case is stainless steel. This being Leica, there are also special editions of both versions that are made from stainless steel and feature a red dial. Pricing wasn’t announced, though Bloomberg reports they’ll start at $12,000.