Leica Camera is pleased to announce a new special edition set for the Leica Monochrom, designed in collaboration with the Leica Store San Francisco and Horween Leather Company: the Leica M Monochrom (Typ 246) "Your Mark" Edition, complete with matching Leica Summicron-M 35 mm f/2 ASPH lens.
Limited to just 80 sets available exclusively to USA Leica Stores, the Leica M Monochrom (Typ 246) "Your Mark" Edition and matching lens have a glossy black paint finish over the top deck, bottom plate and lens – all crafted from brass. The retro-style vented round lens hood is also made of brass and coated in the black paint finish, matching the lens and perfectly complementing the red and white enamel paint filled in on the lens engravings. The Leica script logo engraving atop the camera, unique from the standard Monochrom (Typ 246), is filled in by hand with white enamel.
The covering of the camera is a very special naturally-tanned black leather made for this edition by Horween, and the set is completed by a matching carrying strap in the same black leather. Horween Leather Company is one of the oldest continuously running tanneries in the USA, founded in Chicago in 1905 and currently still based there to this day. Their products are world-renowned for their top-level quality that is still crafted by hand in America. They have supplied leather for products ranging from luxury watch bands, belts, wallets and handbags to professional sporting goods such as basketball leather for the National Basketball Association, and as the exclusive supplier of football leather for the National Football League.
Both the black paint finish of the camera and lens as well as the Horween leather covering will age beautifully over time and usage to show the photographer's wear as a lovely patina, allowing its user to truly leave their own signature mark on their camera and make each set a one of a kind. This special combination promises to pay homage to so many legendary Leica cameras before it in the way the exposed brass will shine through more and more over a lifetime.