Back in 2017, Master & Dynamic joined forces with like-minded luxury optics brand Leica Camera AG and their high-end accessories brand 0.95; the signature collection features four reimagined versions of M&D’s products. Three years later, the relationship is going strong, and they’ve partnered again.
The collection includes the brand’s most sophisticated sound tools: MW65 Active Noise-Cancelling Wireless Headphones in matte black metal with black leather ($499) and MW07 PLUS True Wireless Earphones in black acetate with a matte black stainless steel charging case ($299). To me, what’s so special about the Leica partnership is how they’ve managed to take the elegance of both products and combine them with their signature looks, from Leica’s red dot to the leather and metal aesthetic of Master & Dynamic’s headphones. We’ve previously covered the Kevin Durant partnerships (another favorite of mine), but the Leica is just unique in every way.
Back in 2017, Jonathan Levine, Founder and CEO of Master & Dynamic, told me that he highly revered Leica growing up, from their craftsmanship and their concentration on the essential being their guiding principle. Fast forward to 2020, and Master & Dynamic practices a lot of the same values, and they have done this from the beginning.
From Master & Dynamic:
“It has been an honor to call Leica our partner since April of 2017 when we collaborated on our first collection of analog products. The response was phenomenal, exceeding our expectations. People saw the connection right away: the detail, the materials, craftsmanship, and precision engineering. It makes complete sense to forge ahead with our most sophisticated digital products now. We are combining the best parts of heritage and technology.
“Each product borrows iconic design elements from the Noctilux lens and the Leica brand including anodized aluminum with a matte black finish, gloss detailing, and Leica’s signature red dot marker. A combination of durable cowhide and supple lambskin reminiscent of the leather used on Leica camera bodies and straps comprise the headband and ear pads of the MW65 Wireless Headphones, while Leica’s iconic red marker and signature knurling are apparent throughout. Outfitted with high-performance 40mm Beryllium drivers, two modes of Active Noise-Cancellation, and a lightweight anodized aluminum body, the MW65 Wireless Headphones embody the uncompromising commitment to quality both brands are known for. Likewise, the MW07 PLUS True Wireless Earphones with 40 hours total playtime also feature elevated materials: beautifully handcrafted acetate, a sleek new matte black stainless steel charging case, and custom 10mm Beryllium drivers. A red multifunction button is a nod to Leica’s iconic red marker. “
You can tell by the MW65s that I received that Master & Dynamic’s signature blend of form and function isn’t compromised with gaudy designs or heavy branding. More importantly, they spare no expense when it comes to the overall quality of audio. These headphones are comfortable to wear for extended periods, and regardless of whether you decide to go wired or wireless, the audio sounds fantastic.
Master & Dynamic has once again proven how important quality, product design, and sound are with both their in-ear MW07 Plus and the over-ear MW65. The Leica partnership just makes them that much desirable. The Master & Dynamic for 0.95 collection is available at MasterDynamic.com.