Leica M9-P Edition Hermès
There are a lot of things you can do with $50 000. Maybe pay off your mortgage, credit card bills, travel, car down payments? Alternatively, get your hands on a Leica M9-P.
German optics brand Leica, and French luxury goods brand Hermès have teamed up to produce a limited edition Leica M9-P which adds a beautiful leather touch to the original Leica M9-P camera. The camera is handcrafted and finished with a ‘Veau Swift’ leatherskin in ocre, the same leather used for the included shoulder strap. To emphasise the limited edition feel and to differentiate it from the standard M9-P, Leica has also worked with automotive designer Walter de’Silva to redesign many parts of the original camera. Each camera has a production number printed on the side, as there is a limited run number for them.
Leica have produced a video documenting the production of the Edition Hermès, particularly highlighting the handcrafted nature of the camera.
The Leica M9-P is available in 2 sets:
Set 1 is available of $25 000 and in addition to the camera, the set includes a silver anodised Leica Summilux-M 50 mm f/1.4 ASPH. lens. There are only 300 available.
Set 2 is available for $50 000 (yes, 50 thousand), named ‘Série Limitée Jean-Louis Dumas’ to pay homage to the friendship between former Hermès President Jean-Louis Dumas and Leica. On top of the camera, it comes with 3 lenses; a Leica Summicron-M 28 mm f/2 ASPH., a Leica Noctilux-M 50 mm f/0.95 ASPH. and a Leica APO-Summicron-M 90 mm f/2 ASPH. It is also accompanied by a hand finished Hermès camera bag and a book displaying a collection of 200 photographs taken by Jean-Louis Dumas. The photos were taken with his own old Leica M6 (which cost considerably less than $50 000). This is strictly limited to 100 sets.
The Leica M9-P Edition Hermès is available in exclusive Leica retailers including the Washington, DC flagship store. I think the mortgage can wait; I need one of these for the mantelpiece.
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