Even Leica’s attempt at a Polaroid picked up flak when it was announced – what more a product that’s only tangential to its camera business? Yet it appears critics don’t have a say on what the German camera-makers decide to do with their creative prowess; they’ve gone ahead and fashioned a “capsule collection” comprising three pairs of headphones with NYC-based Master & Dynamic.
Named the “0.95”, it’s intended as homage to the world’s fastest aspherical lens – the Leica Noctilux-M 50 mm f/0.95 ASPH.
All products feature a “0.95” logo and are manufactured from premium materials such as soft and supple cowhide leather, and components made of stainless steel.
The red acoustic mesh and the ‘Designed with Leica Camera AG’ engraving – what you paid for – underscore the collaboration aspect of this creative joint venture. Fine details such as the knurling of the dials of the camera controls and the signature red glass dot, unmistakably borrowed from the Leica lenses, round off the overall appearance of this design collaboration.
Made of black chrome over a solid brass body, the earphones feature a distinctive form with ergonomic and elegant details and benefit from the acoustic properties of brass. The ME05B-95 earphones utilize custom 8mm drivers for superb sound quality and are custom machined like all Leica products. Balanced weight distribution ensures a snug, comfortable fit.
MH40 OVER-EAR HEADPHONES
Enjoy the sights and sounds of your travels with your Master & Dynamic Model MH40B-95. 45 mm custom neodymium drivers provide a rich, warm sound experience. Two cables and dual input/output ports allow for two travellers to share the same audio device or watch a favourite movie together on one tablet.
MW60 WIRELESS OVER-EAR HEADPHONES
The Master & Dynamic Model MW60B-95 is the ideal companion for embarking on a journey of discovery. Every detail is considered including 45 mm custom neodymium drivers, exposed all-aluminium antenna for best-in-class signal range and connectivity as well as a 16-hour lithium ion rechargeable battery.
A version of this article first appeared on Luxury Insider.