Founder, CEO and creative director of rag & bone, Marcus Wainwright teams up with Leica for a unique bespoke camera. The Leica “Stealth Edition” M Monochrom features a matte black finish, glow-in-the-dark accents and absolutely under-the-radar branding.
Wainwright showed a few black and white photos, all whilst describing how photography affects his work, the appeal of monochrome photographs, and redesigning something he already regarded as being perfect.
“For me, the Leica M system personifies the pursuit of perfection in an object designed for a singular purpose,” says Wainwright. “Inspired by that, I was aiming to try and further refine and perfect the M Monochrom – an almost impossible task – by distilling it to its purest form and highlighting the stealth nature of the camera and lens.”
The Leica M Monochrom (Typ 246) “Stealth Edition” comes with a matte black look over its whole body — even almost all of the regular white-colored lettering on the control buttons have been darkened. But go ahead and take Leica into a dark environment and the other special design element shows up: the lettering and accents of the camera glow in the dark.
A special scratch-resistant, matte paint is utilized to make the surface finish as black as possible while the natural leather trim of the camera is manufactured out of an incredibly smooth full-grain cowhide providing fantastic grip.
The new “Stealth Edition” Monochrom will sell for $15,750, about double the amount of the standard version. But remember, the “Stealth Edition” is bundled with a lens — the Summicron-M 35mm f/2 ASPH — that usually will cost you close to $3,000. The Leica “Stealth Edition” M Monochrom is limited to just 125 units worldwide.