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It has been a long wait, but the L1 and L2 timepieces from Leica are finally here, and they are a tonic for those of us who savour the utilitarian design values of the peerless German camera company.

The Leica L2 on the watch stand

The phrase ‘made in Italy’, and its lofty connotations of quality, romance, authenticity and soul-stirring elegance, will reside at the forefront of most Rake readers’ minds. But what of ‘made in Germany’? The word ‘quality’ can be found in the centre of the Venn diagram, of course, but all sorts of other notions sit elsewhere in the circles, and equally proudly: from austere-yet-elegant functional design principles to meticulous engineering via robust durability.

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March 2022

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