Leica Camera AG has decided to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Bauhaus, the German art and design school operational from 1919 to 1933, with a special edition of the Leica CL ‘100 jahre bauhaus.’
The set comprises a silver version of the Leica CL, a matching Elmarit-TL 18mm f2.8 ASPH. lens in silver, and a carrying strap. The leather trim of the camera and the carrying strap are embossed with the Bauhaus logotype.
To reflect the concept of plain and simple design advocated by the Bauhaus school, the Leica CL ‘100 jahre bauhaus’ has also gone with a restrained execution of the Leica logo, in black on the camera body. Leica hopes the special edition accords with the Bauhaus principle of ‘form follows function.’
The edition is strictly limited to only 150 sets worldwide and in Australia will be available exclusively through Leica Store Sydney and Leica Store Melbourne. RRP is $5950.
Rather more surprising, perhaps, is a special edition created in collaboration with musician Lenny Kravitz, under the Kravitz Design brand. We're not sure when Mr K turned his hand from making home-made 70s-style rock tracks to this alternative outlet for his artistic skills, but he has worked with Leica before on the special edition of the M-P (Typ 240), which was launched in 2015. The new M Monochrom ‘Drifter’ set comprises a Leica M Monochrom (Typ 246) camera in unique sepia paint and snakeskin look, a matching carrying strap and two fast Leica lenses – a Summicron-M 28mm f2 ASPH. and an APO-Summicron-M 75 mm f2 ASPH. These come complete with a travel bag, two lens cases and two pouches in vintage style for the camera and accessories. The hat is not included.
Strictly limited to 125 sets worldwide, again these sets will be available in Australia exclusively through Leica Store Sydney and Leica Store Melbourne for RRP AUD $37,000.
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