Valbray to Introduce Leica Timepiece reports that for the 100 year anniversary of Leica Camera, the Swiss manufacturer Valbray will unveil a new limited edition chronograph watch. The official announcement will be at Baselworld next week. The watch will start shipping in May during the opening of the new Leica headquarters (Leitz Park) in Wetzlar, Germany. Some of their models show what may be in store for us! The new watch will be available for sale in Leica stores worldwide. From their website:

What does the diaphragm hide this year? Valbray will have the pleasure to reveal a new and really exciting project…Come to discover it at the Palace Watch Gallery, Booth 23, from the 26th March to the 3rd April!

Update (3/26/14): It launches on May 23, 2014 for the opening of Leitz Park and available for sale in Leica stores worldwide and at Chronopassion Paris! It's called the "EL1 Chrono" and limited to 100 pieces.

Update (4/20/14): Additional details of the design have been posted below... Won't be long now!

Update (4/22/14): The watch has launched and costs €17,990 ($24,599 USD)! More details from Leica Camera and Valbray.

Update (4/23/14): Alfred Schopf discusses Valbray and the EL1 Chronograph

It's Here!

Valbray Leica EL1 Chrono watch #1

Valbray Leica EL1 Chrono watch #4

Valbray Leica EL1 Chrono watch #5

Valbray Leica EL1 Chrono watch #2

Valbray Leica EL1 Chrono watch #3

Technical Specs

Product Name Valbray EL1 – Chrono
(The name was chosen as a tribute to Ernst Leitz)
Material Titanium grade 5
Diameter 46mm
Patent 16-blade diaphragm integrated on a rotating bezel
Movement Mechanical auto-winding Swiss chronograph movement
Frequency: 28’800 alt/h (4 Hz)
25 functional jewels
44 hours of power reserve
Water resistance 5 ATM
Sapphire glass Cover and case back
Limited edition 100 numbered pieces (50 for Titanium/50 for Black)

Details of Design

Other Models

Here's what some of their other models look like, all of which feature an opening aperture, revealing the face:

Aperture Video

And a video that shows how the aperture works:

VALBRAY - Oculus V.01 Chrono