Binoculars are an essential item for those embarking on autumn excursions like fall-foliage tours, birding trips, or sporting events. But few pairs meld expert construction and image quality with stylish design as seamlessly as the limited-edition Leica Ultravid 8×32 Edition Zagato, the first collaboration between German camera and optics company Leica and the Italian coachbuilder Zagato. The new binoculars will debut at the Chantilly Concours d’Elegance in France.
Led by Stephane Schwarz, Zagato’s chief industrial designer, the firm’s team conceived a pair of aluminum binoculars whose shape is informed by the sleek bodies of vintage aircraft. This design approach dates back to the company’s inception, when founder Ugo Zagato employed early aeronautic principles to create faster, lighter cars.
Milled from a solid block of metal and permeated with hundreds of fine grooves, each pair of binoculars features two anodized red rings wrapped around the glass lenses. No surprise, given Leica’s unparalleled optical expertise, the stylish silver binoculars—which are fitted with 8 × 32 coated lenses—offer razor-sharp, crystal-clear images. Limited to only 1,000 pairs, each comes with a black leather carrying case. Priced around $3,500, the binoculars will be available in select Leica stores and boutiques worldwide. (us.leica-camera.com)