Another week, another Leica special edition. They come so fast these days that it’s hard to keep up. This week it’s the CL getting the treatment in the form of the Urban Jungle by Jean Pigozzi.
This latest confection is indeed the embodiment of stealth. With one of these camouflaged snappers round your neck (hanging on the included grey rope strap, of course) you will be almost invisible on the streets of any major city. According to Leica, the edition is “visually captivating”.
“With this design,” Jean Pigozzi explains, “I wanted to do something completely different and create something (that) is unique from all the other cameras around. To bring the urban aesthetic to life, I tried to visualize the structures of a big city like New York to replicate what I define as an ‘Urban Jungle.”
The Urban Jungle CL special edition set is complete with a Leica Elmarit-TL 18mm f/2.8 ASPH lens, “lovingly packaged together with the camera in an elegant presentation box” (see box below)
Only 150 of these timeless pieces have been produced and, as I hear, have already been sold. They went for £3,300 in the UK and $3,950 in the USA. You can put your credit card back in your wallet.
Leica Releases Limited Edition Camera Inspired by the Aesthetic of the Concrete Jungle
The LEICA CL “URBAN JUNGLE by JEAN PIGOZZI” pairs unparalleled imaging quality with a unique camouflage design
The visually-captivating LEICA CL “URBAN JUNGLE by JEAN PIGOZZI” is the newest special edition release of the Leica CL compact system camera presented by Leica Camera. Created in collaboration with French-Italian photographer, entrepreneur and art collector Jean Pigozzi, this eye-catching camera features a striking urban camouflage pattern on its leather covering, with an accompanying gray rope strap. Just as the Leica CL strikes a balance between traditional controls and contemporary design, Pigozzi’s thoughtful design language takes the functional pattern of camouflage and elevates it with a high-fashion and ultramodern aesthetic.
“With this design,” Pigozzi shares, “I wanted to do something completely different and create something is unique from all the other cameras around. To bring the urban aesthetic to life, I tried to visualize the structures of a big city like New York to replicate what I define as an ‘Urban Jungle.”
The LEICA CL “URBAN JUNGLE by JEAN PIGOZZI” sports the same top-level performance, intuitive handling and exceptional image quality as the standard production Leica CL. A few highlights include the built-in EyeRes® electronic viewfinder that enables users to preview the final image before the picture is taken, high-resolution image quality that performs exceptionally well in low light, and a supremely fast and accurate autofocus; all of which are packaged efficiently into a compact system camera that travels effortlessly to any urban jungle the world over. The special edition set is complete with a Leica Elmarit-TL 18 mm f/2.8 ASPH. lens, lovingly packaged together with the camera in an elegant presentation box. With a focal length ideal for everyday travel and street photography, the Elmarit-TL lens helps this set bring the urban spirit to life.
Pigozzi’s latest design is his sophomore collaboration with Leica Camera, following the Leica Sofort “Limoland” by Jean Pigozzi in 2017, which sported vibrant, colorful graphics of “Mr Limo,” the logo of Pigozzi’s LimoLand fashion label.
The LEICA CL “URBAN JUNGLE by JEAN PIGOZZI” is limited to 150 sets worldwide and will be on sale for £3,300 or $3,950 beginning June 25, exclusively available at Leica Stores and Boutiques.