The Leica L1 and Leica L2 watch models present the perfect combination of brand culture, visionary design and quality
The famous and legendary German brand Leica recently unveiled its very first watch collection. Named the Leica L1 and Leica L2, the design of this collection draws inspiration from previous engineering masterpieces made in Wetzlar.
Conceptualized by Professor Achim Heine—who has designed numerous Leica products in the past—the watches’ exterior contains subtle references to signature features from Leica’s rich history. These include the delicate design of the watch hands and applied indices, the shape of the intricate stainless-steel case, the special knurling on the crowns, and also the domed watch glass that surely recalls the front element of a camera lens.
Beneath the dial, both models are powered by a newly-developed mechanical movement with manual winding created in collaboration with Lehmann Präzision. The movements are visible through the transparent back made of resilient sapphire crystal. More importantly, both watch models are also distinguished by the patented push crown and its correlating status indicator on the dial.
Of particular note, the push crown’s ability to reset the small second hand to zero is also a unique feature which adds yet another practical purpose to this aesthetically pleasing design element. In short, the crown is pressed down like the release button of a camera, unlike the conventional designs where the crown must be pulled out to stop the movement and adjust the time.
All in all, focusing on the essential has been at the core of Leica’s brand culture for more than 150 years, and it’s safe to say that this also applies to the latest additions to the Leica family.
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