Valbray EL1 100 Years Of Leica Photography Edition titanium chronograph
To commemorate 100 glorious years of Leica, Valbray partnered with the German optics company for making a limited edition timepiece that is reminiscent of its niche cameras. Limited to only 100 timepieces, the appropriately named EL1 “100 Years Of Leica Photography Edition titanium chronograph is as exclusive as it can get. The design of this watch is totally inspired by the Leica cameras and the unique feature of its dial is the completely moving diaphragm which reminds me of the intensity diaphragms of photography.
This unique watch is one example of combining contemporary watchmaking with millimeter precise elements incorporated to emulate the functioning of completely unrelated object like a camera. The diaphragm of this watch has 16 ultra-thin blades measuring just .01mm that are integrated to a rotating bezel measuring just 45mm in diameter and 7mm in width. At the maximum aperture of the bezel, the blades disappear completely to reveal the underlying dial with watch hands, hour hand, seconds hand and minutes indicator above the layer of the blades.
To remember the very first Leica camera, this limited edition timepiece has hour marker only at 4:30 on the dial since the first ever Leica camera had fixed aperture of f 4.5. It also has the signature Valbray “V” motif cutting through the metallic honeycomb ground and the three registers for chronograph totalizers and running seconds.
EL1 “100 Years Of Leica Photography Edition titanium chronograph will come in two variants; one brushed and the other in black tint with DLC coating. Each of these timepiece will have a 46mm grade 5 titanium case and automatic chronograph movement with 25 jewels. The 44 hour power reserve is visible through the sapphire crystal on the caseback that is tinted grey as a tribute to the darkroom.
These plush watches will be available through Leica boutiques and Valbray retailers from June 2014 at the mind-numbing price of 17,999 Euros (USD $24592).