Today, Leica has announced a new special edition set built around the Leica M10-P digital rangefinder. The new Leica M10-P “Ghost Edition” for HODINKEE is the first collaboration with the well-known wristwatch resource and watch sales outlet. Limited to just 250 sets worldwide, the “Ghost Edition” includes a Leica M10-P, 35mm f/1.4 Summilux-M ASPH lens and gray rope strap with black leather accents, along with a signed certificate of authenticity.
Inspired by a vintage watch's sought-after “ghosted” look after many years of use, the camera and lens are finished in a unique light gray matte paint with white and black enamel-filled engravings. Silver controls with white markings grace the top of the camera and gray buttons take the place of the standard black ones on the back, next to the LCD. The textured gray cowhide leather covering and matching gray rope strap round out the subtle gray-on-gray “ghost” aesthetic. The camera looks extremely sharp and should match up nicely with silver chrome lenses.
Given the significant overlap between Leica camera users and watch enthusiasts (raises hand), this horology-inspired special edition collaboration between Leica and HODINKEE seems like a natural fit. Leica is even slated to be offering a watch line in the near future. And with less than a $1,500 price premium from a stock M10-P and silver 35mm Summilux ASPH, along with so few sets being produced, I'm sure the run of 250 won't last long.
Pricing and Availability
The Leica M10-P “Ghost Edition” for HODINKEE will start shipping within the next week for a price of $14,995. If you are interested in purchasing the M10-P ‘Ghost Edition' set, you can do so at Leica Store Miami by clicking the button below, calling 305-921-4433 or sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
December 12, 2019 – Leica Camera has teamed up with HODINKEE, the foremost destination for all things in the world of horology, to debut a stunning new special edition set inspired by the faded bezel of a vintage timepiece owned by HODINKEE founder and CEO Ben Clymer. Limited to just 250 sets worldwide, the Leica M10-P “Ghost Edition” for HODINKEE, which includes a Summilux-M 35mm f/1.4 ASPH. lens, is a nod to the desirable “ghosted” aesthetic emerged through the natural aging and wear of a wristwatch bezel, creating an equally beautiful new look and feel with a storied past.
“The Leica M10-P “Ghost Edition” for HODINKEE is the realization of not only my fascination of how timeless object age and evolve, but a partnership with a brand that has been a part of my life for a long time and one that I greatly admire,” says Ben Clymer, CEO of HODINKEE. “This limited edition was inspired by the first dive watch that I purchased. In its original condition, the stainless-steel watch would have had a rich black dial and bezel, and markers that were bright white and luminous. With time and exposure, the dial and bezel faded to gray, and the markers turned cream. This “ghosted” watch is among the most beautiful and charming examples of an interesting life lived.”
The “Ghost Edition” remains true to Leica’s minimalistic design with the purposeful omission of the Leica red dot logo and is finished entirely in matte gray with white and silver accents. The top and bottom plates of the camera body and the lens are coated with a matte gray paint with white enamel-filled engravings, whereas the body is covered in a gray cowhide leather for a soft, stylistic feature point. The muted color tones evoke the “ghosted” look that inspired the limited-edition camera yet offer a stylish design that stands on its own.
The “Ghost Edition” set maintains all the technical features of the original M10-P, naturally drawing parallels between the mechanical complexities of the camera with the intricacies of fine watchmaking. From the incredibly quiet mechanical shutter that barely utters a whisper to the touch and feel of the shutter speed dial and aperture ring that harken to the turning of the rotating bezel of a dive watch. Even the mechanical movement of the watch – its beating heart house within its case, not visible to the user – plays counterpart to the coupled rangefinder of the camera, it too hidden from sight under the camera’s top plate. Both perfect examples of precision engineering and mechanical excellence, relying on the motion and actions of their users to operate in harmony.
Meanwhile, the lens included in the set – the Summilux-M 35mm f/1.4 ASPH. – is one of the most versatile M lenses. Whether it is a shallow depth-of-field look when shot wide-open, high-contrast available-light applications or landscapes with immense depth of field, the lens performs wonderfully in any situation.
The Leica M10-P “Ghost Edition” for HODINKEE will be available beginning December 12, 2019. The edition is limited to only 250 camera sets worldwide, each of which bears a distinctive serial number. The set also includes a stylish and rugged gray rope strap with genuine Italian vegetable-tanned black leather accents, and a certificate of authenticity.
About Leica Camera
Leica represents a union of craftsmanship, design and experience. It is a beautiful collision of art and engineering, and the future of form and functionality. Leica Camera, headquartered in Wetzlar, Germany, is an internationally operating, premium-segment manufacturer of cameras and sport optics products. The legendary status of the Leica brand is founded on a long tradition of excellence in the supreme quality and performance of cameras and lenses, and the iconic images that artists and photojournalists everywhere captured with them. For more information about Leica visit www.leicacamerausa.com, or follow the brand on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
Established in 2008, HODINKEE is the foremost destination for all things in the world of horology. Over the past decade, founder and CEO Ben Clymer and team have grown HODINKEE into a robust media and retail platform by providing its respected point of view on industry news and releases, investing in engaging and creative storytelling, producing a designated podcast, printing a bi-annual publication and launching and growing its own retail outlet, HODINKEE Shop. At its core, HODINKEE’s goal is to bring its readers and consumers the best in wristwatches in a way that is approachable, authentic and honest. HODINKEE.com