Usually we don't bother with stupid-high-end versions of gadgets, because they're retardedly expensive and usually garish and ugly to boot — but the recently rumoured Leica M7 Hermes edition is absolutely gorgeous and only slightly sillier-priced than the plain-jane M7 anyway.
This very special limited edition of the M7 35mm camera comes in silver chrome with calfskin leather accents in two colours, orange and the mysteriously named "etoupe" [sic] . Brian likes the orange but I prefer the etoupe — the orange version seems like the one you'd take on a hunting trip, while the etoupe seems like more of a safari jaunt. What can I say, I love animals and Brian loves eating them.
The M7 includes a Leica SUMMILUX-M 35 mm f/1.4 ASPH. wide-angle lens, lens hood, LEICAVIT M winder and a matching carrying case. There aren't too many changes from the original M7, just a few cosmetic things mostly so the original styling doesn't clash with your new baby cow–skin leather. It's pretty much the best-looking camera I've ever seen, and commands the kind of price you'd expect: £8550, or about $15,300 Australian. That's incredibly expensive, sure, but the standard M7 costs about $6000 and these things last forever, so it's not like you'll have to buy the Leica "M7S" (zing!) in six months. The M7 Hermes edition will be available in the UK sometime in December. [Pocket-Lint via Engadget]