Leica cameras already have a cult following on their own, but what happens when you pair them with one of the oldest and most respected brands in the world? You get the Leica M9-P Hermes Edition.
This limited edition camera is a celebration of the friendship and collaboration between Jean-Louis Dumas, the former president of Hermès who died in May 2010, and Leica.
The Leica M9-P “Edition Hermes” is offered in two different sets, with one or three lenses. When compared with their standard versions, the design of all the lenses incorporates numerous differences in their details, ensuring a perfect harmonization of the cameras, their lenses and accessories.
The first set is available from June 2012 in a worldwide limited edition of 300. In addition to the camera, the set includes a silver-anodized Leica Summilux-M 50 mm f/1.4 ASPH. Following this will be a very special set available from July 2012.
The kicker is that the camera will set you back $50,000, but that price is actually very well justified considering the work that that went into the camera.
The making of the camera can be seen in the video below as well as the unboxing in the video after. Otherwise you can peep a few closeups of the camera in the gallery above.
The Making of the Leica M9-P Hermès Edition by Jean-Louis Dumas
The Unboxing Of The Leica M9-P Hermès Edition by Jean-Louis Dumas