The Leica M9-P “Edition Hermès” is the third in a line of premium special editions of the Leica M-System to be created in collaboration with the renowned Parisian house.
The highlight of this camera is the “Veau Swift” calfskin leather in “ocre,” supplied by Hermès for the leathering of the silver-chromed version of the Leica M9-P camera. This extremely fine and supple leather is applied not only to the camera body, but is also used for the shoulder strap included in the set.
The camera also sports a special design, created in collaboration with the automotive designer Walter de’Silva.
As well, various features of the camera body have been redesigned, including the top deck, the base plate, the shutter speed dial, the multifunction wheel and the shutter release. These details distinguish the cameras from the standard version of the Leica M9-P and emphasize the unique status of the limited edition.
In addition to a dedicated serial number, each camera also bears one of a series of consecutive limited-edition numbers.
The Leica M9-P “Edition Hermès” is offered in two different sets, with either 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.
This first of the Leica M9-P “Edition Hermès” sets is available beginning in June 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. The Leica M9-P “Edition Hermès – Série Limitée Jean-Louis Dumas” is a celebration of the friendship and collaboration between Jean-Louis Dumas, the former president of Hermès and Leica Camera AG. A strictly limited edition of only 100, the camera in this set is accompanied by three lenses: a Leica Summicron-M 28 mm f/ 2 ASPH, a Noctilux-M 50 mm f/0.95 ASPH and an APO-Summicron-M 90 mm f/ 2 ASPH, all featuring a silver-anodized finish.
This unique collection of photographic equipment finds a fitting home in a hand-finished Hermès camera bag that is available exclusively as a part of the Leica M9-P “Edition Hermès – Série Limitée Jean-Louis Dumas.” The camera bag is the first Leica camera bag ever to have been created by Hermès.
As an homage to Jean-Louis Dumas, a Leica photographer, this second set also includes a book with a selection of his pictures. The photographic work in two volumes shows an entertainingly diverse portfolio of 200 black-and-white images on 190 pages, all captured by Jean-Louis Dumas with his Leica M camera.
In the limited edition, the frame selector lever, accessory shoe and Leica script on the top deck have been omitted in favour of its unique design. In all other technical details, the cameras and lenses of the special editions are identical to those of the standard versions.