A little more than a year following its announcement, the limited edition Leica M by chief Apple designer John Ive and industrial designer Marc Newson has been exhibited.
The full-frame camera, based on a Leica M model, was auctioned off for charity on November 23rd and its features include a 50mm f/2 lens and an aluminum outer shell. The special edition camera went through a trying production process with 561 versions being put out, appraised, and reworked until this final iteration was agreed upon.
Hundreds of models and prototypes were made in the development of The Leica M for (Red). The body and lens ultimately being machined from a custom engineered alloy. Presented with a perfectly textured anodized aluminum outer shell, the traditional leather waist, synonymous with Leica, has been replaced with a laser machined aluminum body.
More than 21,000 hemispheres create a new and extraordinary aesthetic, while a total of 561 models and nearly 1,000 prototype parts were made during the 85 days it took to create of this incredibly special camera.