Leica, Valbray Release ‘Iris Dial’ EL1 Chronograph Watch

Leica Valbray EL1 Chronograph

Leica has teamed up with small Swiss watchmaker Valbray to create an unusual watch in celebration of the famed photography company's 100th birthday.

The special edition, limited run of the EL1 Chronograph features a “Oculus diaphragm system” with 16 individual matte black blades that open and close as you turn the bezel. As you might expect, this is inspired by the opening and closing of a camera lens aperture.

There are many other styling details meant to be reminiscent of Leica cameras, such as the automatic Valjoux movement visible through sapphire glass but darkened in a nod to the black room.

There are 50 variants in titanium and another 50 are treated with black DLC. All 100 in this limited-edition run come with straps in black calf negonda and mat brown with raw stitching, which can be easily swapped.

The Leica Valbray EL1 Chronograph watch isn't for the faint of wallet: it will set you back $24,700 to get your hands on one.

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