Valbray unveils EL1 Chronograph to celebrate Leica’s 100th Anniversary
To celebrate the centennial of Leica Photography, Valbray has unveiled a special limited edition watch (100 pieces): the EL1 Chronograph. The watch is engraved with the Leica logo features on the crown and ‘100 Years of Leica Photography’ engraved on the back.
The EL1 Chronograph is distinguished by the unique Oculus diaphragm system of Valbray that acts as a cover for the face and can be opened and closed by turning the bezel. This mechanism is constructed from 16 single blades integrated on a rotatable bezel of 46mm.
The hours, the minutes and the stopwatch function are all readable when the diaphragm is closed. Made of titanium grade 5 with sanded finishes, the watch presents four white engravings on its bezel, one each quarters of time. The dials are all stylistic recalls of Leica cameras. On the back of the watch, the automatic Swiss movement with an open worked rotor is visible through a sapphire glass, darkened in a nod to the black room.
The timepiece is presented in two versions: 50 exemplars in sanded titanium and the remaining 50 with DLC (diamond-like carbon) coating. Each chronograph will be supplied complete with two different bracelets that can be exchanged with the aid of a special tool provided.
This limited-edition Valbray EL1 Chronograph will be available from Leica Stores and selected Valbray boutiques from this June 2014 onward at a price of 17,999 Euros.