The Leica M9 Titanium is the result of a collaboration between the German firm and Italian designer Walter de Silva, who is responsible for the design concepts of Volkswagen Group's latest Audi cars.
"We asked him to help design a new camera," explained Leica's chairman, Andreas Kaufmann, at an exclusive event on 20 September at Photokina in Cologne, Germany. "I have a passion for cars, and (de Silva) has a passion for cameras."
The titanium version of the M9 is an exclusive edition strickly limited to 500 cameras. It will be released as a set with a Summilux-M 35mm f/1.4 ASPH lens, whose exterior metal components are also manufactured from solid titanium.
In fact, Dr. Kaufmann did not shy away from claiming that Leica's cameras have always been special collector items, and that the 500 copies of this latest camera, despite its steep price of £19,800, will be sold within days.
In addition to the camera and lens, the Leica M9 Titanium special edition set includes a shoulder holster, a carrying strap and finger loops in two different sizes, made from the same premium Audi leather used on the camera body, says Leica. "Also part of the set is a book devoted to the design process leading to the creation of this high quality, special titanium edition and which also includes an interview with de Silva.
The Leica M9 Titanium will be available in the UK from the end of November 2010 priced at £19,800.
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