Leica MP Rangefinder camera models - Part IV - MIR Image Library

 

Leica MP "Hermès Edition", 2003

Description by Leicashop
®:- ".... This is a limited version, the most beautiful MP kit set ever made. Total 500 sets only, and here is the 32x/500! With the elegant “LEICA MP Edition Hermès” cameras, Leica Camera AG of Solms, Germany is initiating a series of strictly limited annual editions of its legendary Leica rangefinder cameras to be issued on special occasions. The “Edition Hermès” is a special edition of 500 silver-chrome LEICA MP cameras covered with exquisite Barenia calfskin supplied by the famed Parisian high-fashion house Hermès.

The processing of Barenia leather, which has a very fine, natural grain, gives it its unmistakable luxurious “feel”. In order to achieve optimal quality, it is tanned in a time-consuming process that is periodically interspersed with “rest phases” for the material. The naturally brown leather harmonizes particularly well with the silver chrome finish of the camera. Along its edges it is discreetly decorated with a fine seam line that is meticulously applied by hand. In addition to a 35 mm f/2 LEICA SUMMICRON-M ASPH. lens that is also finished in silver chrome, this special edition includes a camera carrying strap that is handcrafted by Hermès, using the same exquisite Barenia leather. The lens hood, the camera body cover as well as the front- and rear covers of the lens are made of solid brass and they too, are finished in silver chrome. Details such as the silver-chrome finger rest on the lens and the special serial numbers from 001/500 to 500/500 engraved on the lens and on the camera round out the differences from regular production models. The cooperation with Hermès is indicated by a fine embossing on the back of the carrying strap that reads “Hermès - Made in France”.

Leica MP Hermes EDITION, 2003 complet outfit
Credit: Image courtesy of Mr. Peter Coeln from LEICA Shop®, Austria who also operates a popular Westlicht Auction House. Image Copyright © 2008. All rights reserved. Please respect the visual property of the contributing photographer.

NOTE:
Coincidentally, after the LEICA/Louis Vuitton joint effort in making the One-unit LEICA M6 Henri Cartier-Bresson special edition for charity in 1998; in 2000, Hermés had surprised many market observers by acquired 31.5% stake of Leica Camera A.G. This Leica MP Hermès Edition was the first JV effort between two established global labels cum shareholders.


“In this special edition we are combining the ‘savoir-faire’ of Hermès in the field of leather craftsmanship with the know-how of Leica in the field of high-end camera and lens manufacturing”, says Stefan Daniel, manager of the System Cameras Business Unit at Leica Camera AG. “The special edition emphasizes the fact that the partnership between Hermès and Leica Camera AG is based on mutual values of precision craftsmanship, love for detail and longevity.” Hermès and Leica Camera AG have been joined in partnership since December 2000. Active in 14 lines of business at the highest level of fine craftsmanship, the Hermès Group has acquired a 31.5% participation in the legendary camera and optics firm in the German state of Hesse. The ‘LEICA MP Edition Hermès’ is the first product-based cooperation of the two companies. The LEICA MP was introduced in the spring of 2003 as a tool for professional photographers and serious amateurs. The purely mechanical rangefinder system camera is tailored entirely to precise manual control of the relevant photographic parameters of exposure time, aperture and plane of sharpness. The photographer is not subjected to any assistance or distraction caused by automatic features and options. When the photographer estimates the shutter speed and the aperture him- or herself, work can be performed completely independently of batteries. Focusing and exposure metering functions have been further optimized and they take place with the highest precision. All the functions of the LEICA MP are designed for absolute robustness and longevity. Like all Leica system cameras, they are assembled by hand in Solms, a town in the German state of Hesse.

The ‘LEICA MP Edition Hermès’ will be supplied in a fabric-covered case. Light brown velour pouches for the lens and the camera and a Certificate of Authenticity complete the outfit...". - Leicashop
® -

This LEICA MP 'Edition Hermès' with a very nice serial number , along with the Leitz Summicron 35mm f/2.0 ASPH., complete in original maker's box. Approx. Year: 2003. This special edition, revised Leica MP has a hammer price approaching EURO 5,000-00
*.

* NOTE;- Indicative prices here in this site were based original prices published on previous auction literature/references. Prices may vary according to gradual yearly premium, supply/demand equations, and/or other renewed valuation methods.

Leica MP Hermes ediiton, 2003
Rear view of a 2003 Leica MP Hermes Limited Edition



Leica MP HERMES edition kit by Digifan CN

 

Another set of of LEICA MP EDITIONI HERMES kit set with SUMMICRON-M 35MM F2 ASPH lens w/ S/N 499/500

Description offered by DigifanCN®, content with different write-up but shares same in some areas
with earlier Leicashop´
® mechanized Leica MP "Hermès Edition" 2003
probably both were extracted from Official Press Release and rephrased on their own perspective.
Very readable good content.

" ...It is a limited version, the most beautiful MP kit set ever made. Total 500 sets only, and here is the #499!

Hermès and Leica Camera AG have been joined in partnership since December 2000. Active in 14 lines of business at the highest level of fine craftsmanship, the Hermès Group has acquired a 31.5% participation in the legendary camera and optics firm in the German state of Hesse. The ‘LEICA MP Edition Hermès’ is the first product-based cooperation of the two companies.

With the elegant “LEICA MP Edition Hermès” cameras, Leica Camera AG of Solms, Germany is initiating a series of strictly limited annual editions of its legendary Leica rangefinder cameras to be issued on special occasions. The “Edition Hermès” is a special edition of 500 silver-chrome LEICA MP cameras covered with exquisite Barenia calfskin supplied by the famed Parisian high-fashion house Hermès.

The processing of Barenia leather, which has a very fine, natural grain, gives it its unmistakable luxurious “feel”. In order to achieve optimal quality, it is tanned in a time-consuming process that is periodically interspersed with “rest phases” for the material. The naturally brown leather harmonizes particularly well with the silver chrome finish of the camera. Along its edges it is discreetly decorated with a fine seam line that is meticulously applied by hand.

Leica Summicron 35mm f/2.0 ASPH for LEICA MP EDITIONI HERMES kit set, 2003
In addition to a 35 mm f/2 LEICA SUMMICRON-M ASPH. lens that is also finished in silver chrome, this special edition includes a camera carrying strap that is handcrafted by Hermès, using the same exquisite Barenia leather. The lens hood, the camera body cover as well as the front- and rear covers of the lens are made of solid brass and they too, are finished in silver chrome. Details such as the silver-chrome finger rest on the lens and the special serial numbers from 001/500 to 500/500 engraved on the lens and on the camera round out the differences from regular production models. The cooperation with Hermès is indicated by a fine embossing on the back of the carrying strap that reads “Hermès — Made in France”.

Credit: Image(s) courtesy of some nice folks from DigifanCN®. The group also operates their own active, popular EBAY STORE, trading for many major camera brands and collectibles. Image Copyright © 2008. All rights reserved. Please respect the visual property of the contributing photographer.


“In this special edition we are combining the ‘savoir-faire’ of Hermès in the field of leather craftsmanship with the know-how of Leica in the field of high-end camera and lens manufacturing”, says Stefan Daniel, manager of the System Cameras Business Unit at Leica Camera AG. “The special edition emphasizes the fact that the partnership between Hermès and Leica Camera AG is based on mutual values of precision craftsmanship, love for detail and longevity.”

The LEICA MP was introduced in the spring of 2003 as a tool for professional photographers and serious amateurs. The purely mechanical rangefinder system camera is tailored entirely to precise manual control of the relevant photographic parameters of exposure time, aperture and plane of sharpness. The photographer is not subjected to any assistance or distraction caused by automatic features and options. When the photographer estimates the shutter speed and the aperture him- or herself, work can be performed completely independently of batteries. Focusing and exposure metering functions have been further optimized and they take place with the highest precision. All the functions of the LEICA MP are designed for absolute robustness and longevity. Like all Leica system cameras, they are assembled by hand in Solms, a town in the German state of Hesse.

The ‘LEICA MP Edition Hermès’ will be supplied in a fabric-covered case. Light brown velour pouches for the lens and the camera and a Certificate of Authenticity complete the outfit. ..."

Credit: Image(s) courtesy of some nice folks from DigifanCN®. The group also operates their own active, popular EBAY STORE, trading for many major camera brands and collectibles. Image Copyright © 2008. All rights reserved. Please respect the visual property of the contributing photographer.

LEICA MP EDITIONI HERMES kit set body front view, 2003

Original Box and packing for LEICA MP EDITIONI HERMES kit set, 2003

Below are Series of larger images prepared by Duncan Meeder from LEICAplace®

The LEICA MP Hermes Edition in full setup picture taken by Duncan Meeder from LEICAplace

Front view of The LEICA MP Hermes Edition camera with Summicron-M 1:2 f=35mm ASPH with lens hood and cap in full setup picture taken by Duncan Meeder from LEICAplace

Top plate view of The LEICA MP Hermes Edition camera with Summicron-M 1:2 f=35mm ASPH taken by Duncan Meeder from LEICAplace

Rear section view of  LEICA MP Hermes Edition camera

Credit: Image(s) courtesy of Mr. Duncan Meeder from LEICAplace@Ebay, Holland who also operates a popular www.fotohennyhoogeveen.nl® Image Copyright © 2008. All rights reserved. Please respect the visual property of the contributing photographer.

NOTE: I will be creating a LEICA MP site as introduction and this site will be renamed as Index3x.htm later.


Front view of The LEICA MP Hermes Edition camera with Summicron-M 1:2 f=35mm ASPH, picture taken by Duncan Meeder from LEICAplace

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Credit: Image(s) courtesy of some nice folks from DigifanCN®. The group also operates their own active, popular EBAY STORE, trading for many major camera brands and collectibles. Image Copyright © 2008. All rights reserved. Please respect the visual property of the contributing photographer. Credit: Image courtesy of Mr. Peter Coeln from LEICA Shop®, Austria who also operates a popular Westlicht Auction House. Image Copyright © 2008. All rights reserved. Please respect the visual property of the contributing photographer.