The Jonathan Ive-designed Leica M Camera that we’ve talked about more than a year ago has finally been shown to the world. With the help of fellow designer Marc Newson, Apple’s Ive was able to create an aluminum body, full frame Leica M shooter that also comes with a 50mm f/2 lens.
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.
The limited edition Leica M will have an owner soon when it goes up for auction at Sotheby’s New York on November 23, 2013. Proceeds will go to the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria.
Starting price for the camera is not yet revealed.