On the occasion of the celebration of 100 Years of Leica Photography, Swiss luxury watch brand Valbray presents a special limited edition timepiece: the EL1 Chronograph. This watch is strictly limited to only 100 pieces and is engraved with the Leica logo features on the crown and ‘100 Years of Leica Photography’ engraved on the back.
The EL1 Chronograph is distinguished by the unique Oculus diaphragm system of Valbray that acts as a cover for the face and can be opened and closed by turning the bezel. This mechanism is constructed from 16 single blades integrated on a rotatable bezel of 46mm. When completely open, the blades are hidden and reveal the specially designed chronograph of the watch. The hours, the minutes and the stopwatch function are all also readable when the diaphragm is closed.
Made of titanium grade 5 with sanded finishes, the watch presents four white engravings on its bezel, one each quarters of time. The dials are all stylistic recalls of Leica cameras. The indication of the date (at 3h), the cursor minutes (at noon) and the hours (at 6h) recall the layout settings. The seconds (at 9h) reproduce the design of the isometry button. Finally, the metallic 4.5 applied at 4 hours and half evokes the aperture of the first Leica.
On the back of the watch, the automatic Swiss movement with an open worked rotor is visible through a sapphire glass, darkened in a nod to the black room.
The timepiece will appear in two versions: 50 exemplars in sanded titanium and the remaining 50 with DLC (diamond-like carbon) coating. Each chronograph will be supplied with two different bracelets that can be exchanged with the aid of a special tool provided.
This limited-edition Valbray EL1 Chronograph will be available from Leica Stores and selected Valbray boutiques from June 2014 at a price of 17,999 euros.
Model: Valbray EL1 Chrono : The initials of its name are chosen as a tribute to Ernst Leitz, one of the founders of Leica brand, Leica I the contraction of Leitz and camera.
Material: Titanium grade 5
Diameter: 46 mm
Patent: 16-blade diaphragm integrated on a rotating bezel
Movement : Mechanical auto-winding Swiss chronograph movement
Frequency: 28’800 alt/h (4 Hz)
25 functional jewels
44 hours of power reserve
Water resistance: To 5 ATM
Dial: Multi – layered with a honeycomb grid
Sapphire Glass: Cover and case back
Limited edition: 100 numbered pieces (50 for the Titanium reference and 50 for the Black one)