The Making of the Limited Edition Leica M9-P “Edition Hermès”

Having released three (count em’) new cameras yesterday, you’d think Leica would be spent; but it looks like they had one other camera up their sleeves, a special edition of their M9-P called the “Edition Hermès.” If the name sounds familiar that’s because it is: every few years Leica announces an “Edition Hermès” of one of their cameras in collaboration with Parisian house Hermès — only this year they’ve also decided to include a making of video to go along with it.

This year is also different because this particular “Edition Hermès” comes with options. You can buy the standard one lens kit for a cool $29,000; or you can pony up $59,000 for one of the one hundred three lens “Série Limitée Jean-Louis Dumas” kits, which pay homage to long-time Hermès president and Leica friend Jean-Louis Dumas who died in May of 2010.

So if you’ve ever been interested in the kind of craftsmanship that goes into each and every one of these special edition cameras, check out the video and let us know what you think. Is the craftsmanship and inherent rarity of a special “Edition Hermès” really worth all that extra money? You decide.

  • Loppolo

    mah io gli vo in c..o

  • Tttulio

    I hate collectors.

  • jdm8

    A $30,000 camera and three $10,000 lenses.  I sure hope it’s worth it to the buyers.

  • David

    I could watch fine craftsmen work all day.  That was lovely.

  • Evan_simp

    I don’t know if it’s worth 60K but that’s one beautiful setup!

  • TSY87

    When are they going to come out with the edition?

  • Adrian Onsen

    Some people buy Ferraries to store them in a garage. Others race them.

  • Shanghainight

    After watching this video, the Hermes Edition is still very expensive, but appreciated more.

  • Dan Howard

    I just jizzed down my leg!

  • Jostein Roalkvam

    Too bad it’s probably going to dust down in some rich idiots collection :

  • Ralph Hightower

    Leica sells crack cocaine like Apple’s iPhone. Okay, I’ll buy a Mamiya over a Hasselblad.

  • Ninpou_kobanashi

    I wonder how they prevent dust from getting into the camera during this process.  There were some examples of where there were no lenses attached and they were working on the body.  Maybe there is some type of protective film on the sensor that they peel away right before packing for the customer?

  • Jared Jay Daludo

    The bag looks promising