An haute, pretty-as-a-picture partnership

Leica and Hermès focus on very limited-edition cameras

Long a How To Spend It/Technopolis favourite, the German über-camera-creating company Leica has reignited its collaboration with Hermès. The premium partnership began in 2003 with the production of the Leica MP Edition Hermès, continued in 2009 with the Leica M7 Edition Hermès, and now brings two more classy and discreet camera sets: the Leica M9-P Edition Hermès and the Leica M9-P Edition Hermès – Série Limitée Jean-Louis Dumas.

The M9-P Edition Hermès – of which there are just 300 sets, with one silver-anodised Leica Summilux-M 50mm f/1.4 ASPH lens – arrived in May, and comes with a stunning, supple ochre Veau Swift calfskin camera body and strap and a unique design by Walter de’Silva, the celebrated automotive designer who heads up Volkswagen Group Design. It’s a super-smart camera set, perfect even for professional photographers – with a super-smart price of £18,000.

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More exclusive still, with just 100 sets created, is the Leica M9-P Edition Hermès – Série Limitée Jean-Louis Dumas, released on Friday June 1 and named after the late president of Hermès, who himself used a Leica M camera. This model (first picture), which is also in the Veau Swift calfskin, has its own hand-finished Hermès camera bag (second picture) – surprisingly, the first camera bag ever to have been created by the marque – and is accompanied by a portfolio of some 200 black-and-white photographs taken by Dumas.

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It also comes with three Leica lenses. For the knowledgeable photographers out there, these are: a Summicron-M 28mm f/2 ASPH; a Noctilux-M 50mm f/0.95 ASPH; and an APO-Summicron-M 90mm f/2 ASPH – again all with silver-anodised finish. At £36,000, it’s double the price of the earlier limited edition, so hardly a bargain – but if you can snap one up, your snaps (and your image) should sharpen up.

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