he watch face of the new Leica ZM 11 is more than just a surface – it’s a canvas, where light and shadow create depth. The dual-layered dial of the Launch Edition transforms from a sleek black to vibrant red, depending on the viewer’s perspective. It’s the first watch face of its kind to create the impression of a gradient through fine mechanical craftsmanship, instead of relying on printed visuals. The brushed indexes with polished edges have a luminous filling to ensure high visibility in any lighting condition. The hands are diamond-cut, softly faceted, and feature a combination of deep brushed and sand-blasted surfaces that reflect beautifully as they catch the light.
Engineered by Leica’s partner Chronode, the automatic Leica Calibre LA-3001 stands out with its precision of -4/+6 seconds per day and an impressive 60 hours of run time. The ZM 11 is measured in five positions, guaranteeing accuracy at all times, and is adorned with 35 jewels. The attention to detail is evident in the meticulous sandblasting, brushing and polishing techniques, reminiscent of the movement finishes found on the Leica ZM 1 and ZM 2 watches. Encased in a 10 atm water-resistant titanium or stainless steel 41 mm case, this calibre not only paves the way for future innovations in the ZM 11 Collection but also encapsulates the hallmark aesthetics of Leica design.
Finally, the Leica Easy Change system allows wearers to adapt to every occasion seamlessly with a mechanism reminiscent of the lens release button on a Leica camera. Simply press the red dot and transform the appearance of the ZM 11, with the option of an elegant titanium and stainless steel bracelet, or a vulcanised rubber or hard-wearing fabric strap.