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Best known for its beautiful cameras, Leica has turned its signature design style to two new timepieces, Leica L1 and Leica L 2.

There’s nothing quite like a Leica camera. You may not think they keep up with the big brands like Nikon and Canon in some respects, or you may not like their lens lineup, but there’s no denying that the company knows how to build beautiful devices. Leica’s minimalist yet masculine lines have created generations of sophisticated camera systems, some used by leading professionals, for over 150 years, and now the company’s design gurus have turned their keen eye on the world of horology.

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Designed and built with the same principle ethos of the company’s shooters, Leica’s new Leica L1 and Leica L2 timepieces boast quality design, functionality, and durability. The design of the Leica L1 and Leica L2 draws inspiration from previous engineering masterpieces made in Wetzlar and were conceptualized by Professor Achim Heine, who has designed numerous Leica products in the past.

The result is timepieces that contain subtle references to signature features from Leica’s rich history, from the delicate design of the watch hands and applied indices, to the shape of the intricate stainless-steel case, the special knurling on the crowns, and the domed watch glass that recalls the front element of a camera lens.

Best known for its beautiful cameras, Leica has turned its signature design style to two new timepieces, Leica L1 and Leica L 2.

Both models are powered by a newly developed mechanical movement with manual winding – developed and produced Lehmann Präzision GmbH in Germany’s Black Forest region – that’s visible through the transparent back made of resilient sapphire crystal.

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Besides the domed front crystal and the flat transparent back made of scratch-resistant sapphire crystal with double-sided anti-reflective coating, both watch models are distinguished by the patented push crown and its correlating status indicator on the dial. The push crown’s ability to reset the small second hand to zero is also a unique feature and adds yet another practical purpose to some seriously intriguing wrist candy.

Both models are available a veal leather with black with matching stitching and red inner side; while the Leica L2 also comes with the option of an alligator leather strap in matte black with matching stitching.

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