The German manufacturer Leica is renowned the world over for its photography expertise since 1849. Recently, the brand has extended its know-how to watchmaking, first with the ZM 1 and ZM 2, produced in very limited series. Today, it’s the new ZM 11 which attracts our attention and testifies to the brand’s new ambitions.
This watch embodies the harmonious encounter between the art of photography and the refinement of watchmakingoffering an elegant and precise experience for Leica enthusiasts and watch lovers alike. Leica offers this ZM 11 in three different models black and red titanium and limited to 250 unitsMidnight Blue (blue and black) in steel and Coffee Black (warm black) also in titanium. The watch features a diameter of 41mm which seems to fit most wrists, and with a fairly standard thickness of 13mm. Good news: it withstands a pressure of 10 ATM (100 meters)making it versatile and giving you more freedom.
The Swiss automatic movement, Calibre LA-3001was developed for Leica in partnership with Chronodea prestigious manufacturer of movements for MB&F, Cyrus, HYT and Czapek. A justified non-German choice, and above all less risky, given that Swiss quality is synonymous with reliability and durability. This movement has a 60-hour power reserve then features brushed and sandblasted finishes which create striking contrasts and plays of light. And yes, of course, you’ll have the chance to observe this marvel through a transparent sapphire crystal caseback.
The watch’s overall design is reminiscent of very pure, sober objects, such as Porsche Design watches from the 1990s, with an integrated bracelet, round case and enlarged bezel, giving it a more contemporary look. sporty look. The addition of Leica’s famous “red buttonson the back of the watch. These push-buttons are located on either side of the case and are used to quickly and securely change (The bracelets are available in three materials: metal (steel and titanium), rubber and canvas. The dial was developed with two very concrete and important concepts in photography in mind: light and shadow. If you take the red and black dial and stand directly above the watch, only the black will come out. But if we play with the viewing angles, as in photography, the image and color change to reveal the inner faces of the red dial (like Leica).
This attention to detail in the creation of their new watch proves that Leica that Leica is deeply committed to and creation of their pieces so that they resonate with the brand’s universe.. An incredible approach, in our opinion. With its elegant design, high-quality Swiss movement and iconic logo, the ZM 11 brilliantly enters the great Leica family by ingeniously integrating the elements that have made the brand famous.
FEATURES – LEICA ZM 11
Case : stainless steel or titanium – brushed finish – 41mm wide x 13mm thick – domed sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating – 10 ATM (100 meters) water resistance
Dial : black/red, blue or coffee/black background – sunray finish – applied indexes – indexes and hands with Super-LumiNova – date window at 3 o’clock
Movement mechanical self-winding – Leica LA-3001 calibre – Frequency 28,800 vibrations per hour (4Hz) – Hours, minutes, seconds and date functions – 60-hour power reserve
Straps : stainless steel, titanium rubber or canvas – integrated design – folding clasp on metal and pin on rubber/canvas
Information : limited edition of 250 (black/red background) and in permanent collection – available from authorized dealers – 5-year warranty – €6,800 to €8,150 incl. VAT