Leica's first luxury watches are now available to buy (and yes, it has a red dot)

It's the company's first foray into luxury goods, not including its highly-esteemed cameras, of course

Seemingly bored of making some of the world's best cameras, Leica has now turned its hand to the luxury watch sector, with the news that the Leica L1 and Leica L2 mechanical watches, which were first announced in 2018, are now available to buy.

The watches are being made in Leica's new “Ernst Leitz Werkstätten” – a workshop designed for producing things other than high-performing cameras.

The design of the L1 and L2  was inspired by the creativity and precision of the world-famous brand.

Both models were designed by Professor Achim Heine, who has been overlooking the brand's design output for many years.

You can find countless Leica design elements throughout both watches (without it becoming too obvious), from the elegance of the hands and indexes, to the shape of the finely-detailed stainless-steel case, and the cambered shape of the glass that is reminiscent of a camera lens.

Both models feature a manual winding mechanical movement which can be viewed through the sapphire crystal case back.

Of course, there's also a little red dot on the crown, a subtle nod to Leica's famous logo.

A large proportion of the components come from manufacturers based in Germanys' Black Forest, and are assembled in Wetzlar, helping the watches achieve the “Made in Germany” seal of approval.

The Leica L1 and L2 are being made in small batches and will be available in select Leica Stores, as well as at watch dealers worldwide, from autumn 2018. 

The Leica L1 and Leica L2 watches are available at Leica Store Mayfair and select Leica Stores Worldwide. The recommended retail price is £8,600.00 for the Leica L1, and £12,000.00 for the L2.

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Spencer Hart
Style and Travel Editor

As the Style and Travel Editor at T3, Spencer covers everything from clothes to cars and watches to hotels. Everything that's cool, stylish, and interesting, basically. He's been a part of T3 for over seven years, and in that time covered every industry event known to man, from CES and MWC to the Geneva Motorshow and Baselworld. When he's driving up and down the country in search of the greatest driving roads, he can be found messing around on an electric scooter, playing with luxury watches, or testing the latest fragrances.