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Art and poetry

From OCT to eyewear, OT  takes a look at the latest product launches

24 Sep 2019 by Andrew McClean

Spectacles: Beta-titanium

Stepper Eyewear has launched a range of beta-titanium spectacles.

Managing director of Stepper Eyewear, Peter Reeve, said: “The combination of beta-titanium with contemporary, minimalist rimless designs has created a category of frames with remarkable properties and appeal.”

“Their feather-light weight and delicate aesthetics appeal belies an inner strength, toughness and durability. These frames are surprisingly forgiving, even for the clumsiest of wearers,” he added.

Styles include ‘SI-96882’ (pictured above), which is a minimalistic, rimless frame. It has been created by designers and manufacturing engineers who have made “subtle tweaks and modifications” that result in a simple look that highlights the individuality of the wearer, Stepper explained.

“The combination of beta-titanium with contemporary, minimalist rimless designs has created a category of frames with remarkable properties and appeal”

Managing director of Stepper Eyewear, Peter Reeve

OCT: High-resolution

Topcon has launched the second generation of its automated optical coherence tomography (OCT) device with angiography (OCTA) imaging, 3D OCT-1 Maestro2.

The Maestro2 (pictured below) can capture high-resolution non-mydriatic, true colour fundus photography, OCT and OCTA.

It also includes the Hood Report for structure and function analysis on glaucoma, as well as a 360-degree rotating touchscreen.

The device features Topcon’s PinPoint Registration technology, which precisely matches specified areas within OCT and OCTA scan upon the colour fundus image.

Vice president of global marketing and product design at Topcon, John Trefethen, said: “With the addition of fully automated OCTA, the Maestro2 truly is the most comprehensive OCT system in the marketplace, and we are excited to bring this innovative technology to eye care specialists around the globe.”

Maestro 2

Spectacles: Innovative silhouettes

Andy Wolf Eyewear has launched its autumn/winter 2019–2020 collection (pictured below), which is inspired by the landscape of the Austrian region Styria.

The Hartberg-based eyewear company explained that its new range includes “innovative silhouettes and a sophisticated colour concept.”

Thick rimmed styles in classic silhouettes form the basis of the range with colour options featuring earth tones such as brown, stone grey and green with gradients on the acetate models.

Metal styles are also thicker and have been manufactured by hand in Andy Wolf’s factory in the Jura region of France.

Andy Wolf highlighted a new process for its two-tone frames, which first dyes the model in a basic colour and is then given a second colouring before being polished by hand to enhance the colour accents. 

Andy Wolf glasses
Image credit: Michele Di Dio

Spectacles: Art and poetry

Design Eyewear Group has launched autumn/winter 2019 styles across several of its brands, including Face A Face, ProDesign and Woow.

The eyewear company explained that new styles in the Face A Face range encompass energy and are infused with art and poetry.

It highlighted the ‘Picca’ and ‘Milli’ (pictured below), models, which are inspired by the collaboration between artist Pablo Picasso and the photographer Gjon Mili.

ProDesign’s new styles are inspired by technical innovation, patterns of nature and vibrant colour.

Models ‘4160-65’ are minimalistic, ultra-light metal spectacles that combined thin wire frames and new hinges to form a frame for both men and women.

Styles in the Woow range include ‘Bolly Wool,’ which includes mandala patterns on the outside of the arms with tones of cardamom, saffron, mint and red pepper on the inside.

Face A Face frames

Spectacles: Italian-chic

Pennine Optical has added Mazzimo Black Label to its portfolio of eyewear brands.

The new collection includes men’s and women’s frames that are inspired by the changing colours and style of Venice (pictured below is ‘5000172’).

Pennine Optical explained that each frame is designed and hand made in Italy using Mazzuchelli acetate and Monel metal.

It added that all new launches will feature the latest colour palette from the season’s catwalks to ensure that the range stays on-trend.

Sales director at Pennine Optical, Gary Allan, said: “Venice has stimulated artists for centuries and with the majority of the fashion and art schools based in the Venice and Florence areas it’s no surprise that it creates the perfect setting to craft an elegant and very Italian-chic range of frames based on the latest lifestyle and fashion trends.”

Mazzimo Black Label

Imaging: Beam splitter

Grafton Optical has launched the Phoenix slit lamp imaging system by Ray Vision manufacturers.

The device (pictured below) is an all-in-one slit lamp beam splitter and camera module that enables digital imaging on any standard slit lamp.

Phoenix stores data on a central computer that can be viewed by other users and has a wireless capture button with the option to add a footswitch and external light source.

It produces high resolution images at five megapixels and has a USB port to ensure quick and easy data transmission that does not require computer configuration.

Grafton Optical explained that Phoenix is a compact device at 150mm x 82mm x 60mm and has a user-friendly interface that has a simple design to make operating quick and efficient.

digital slit

Spectacles: Feminine aesthetics

Charmant has launched new styles from its Caroline Abram, Perfect Comfort and Line Art brands.

Additions to the Caroline Abram range include ‘Seductive’ and ‘Enchanting’ concepts (pictured is ‘CH12561’), which the eyewear company said combine the quality and technical precision of Charmant with the designer’s feminine aesthetics.

The Perfect Comfort models have been ergonomically designed with features such as curving arms that adjust to any head shape and nose pads that adapt to the wearer’s facial features.

New models in Charmant’s premium Line Art brand include ‘XL2143 Vivace,’ which is a rimless, pressure-mounted frame that is minimalistic on the front with colourful mixed materials on the side. 

Caroline Abram CH12561

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