If you’re a photography fan or know someone who is, just say the word Leica and watch their eyes light up. First developed 100 years ago in Germany, it’s gained cult status around the world, especially with anyone familiar with the work of Henri Cartier-Bresson. So if you can’t afford one of the early collector’s editions for a favorite shutterbug this holiday, check out this option: The limited edition Leica X Edition Montcler.
The leather trim was designed in homage to the French flag, with a nod to Montcler’s label design that you might recognize from their $1500 ski jackets you’re apt to spot skiing Gstaad. Of course that’s the audience for this camera in the first place, considering the (sit down…okay) $2,950 price tag.
Of course for that price, you’re not just getting a fashion statement all cloaked in fancy leather with a matching carrying strap and a pouch that feels like a Montcler parka…okay, fine. So you are getting a fashion statement. But you’re also getting one heck of a camera with a serious professional sensor, 16.2 megapixels, HD video, and a super fast lens, plus the features the Leica X is known for like a speedy, silent autofocus, brilliantly simple function buttons, and photo quality good enough for Breson.
Or you know, for anyone taking apres-ski selfies down at Le Grand Bellevue.