Leica has joined forces with The Police guitarist Andy Summers to launch a limited-edition camera set to go along with his new custom Fender Strat.
LEICA M MONOCHROM “Signature” by Andy Summers, this limited-edition camera features intricate design elements from the Andy Summers Monochrome Strat, such as a leatherette that matches a collage from Summer’s legendary photo collection that also appears on the guitar and a thin red line engraving running along the side of the entire body.
On the other hand, the guitar includes features of the camera, including the silver operation elements. The finished products are a true reflection of the epitome of thoughtful design expertise.
“I couldn’t be more thrilled to have the opportunity to work with two leading producers of two fundamental instruments I hold close to my heart, Leica Camera and Fender Custom Shop,” Summers said. “After all these years of being obsessed with photography and the guitar, I now have the two things together for the first time. I’ve always thought of my photographic experience as tearing pages from a book and then reshuffling the results into a new visual syntax, and the collage-forward design of the LEICA M MONOCHROM “Signature” by Andy Summers is the physical embodiment of just that.”
The photo collage that appears on both the camera and Andy Summers Monochrome Strat highlights stunning photographs from Summers’s collection. This includes the famous photo of a man walking his horse into the ocean, a striking image of hooded individuals captured amongst rain and mist on Yellow Mountain in China, as well as an photo of celebratory balloons that landed before Summer’s encore at a concert.
Coupled with a glossy paint finish, silver chrome operational elements and a gorgeous red line engraving on the top cap, the camera is truly a sight to behold. The set is complete with a Leica Summicron-M f/2 35 ASPH. lens – also with a glossy paint finish – adorned with a vintage round lens hood, a Fender guitar-inspired camera strap and an OBERWETH leather black system bag.
LEICA M MONOCHROM “Signature” by Andy Summers, limited to 50 sets worldwide, is on sale now at Leica Stores and Boutiques. Be ready to splash out $14,995 for it.