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Adding texture to a blank canvas

From 3D printed frames to OCT, OT  takes a look at the latest product launches

23 Oct 2019 by Andrew McClean

Lenses: Colour optimisation

Marchon brand Dragon Eyewear has added Lumalens lens technology to its range of sunglasses.

The technology, which is already used across its snow goggle collection, provides vivid colour optimisation, clarity and depth perception.

Dragon Eyewear explained that it is designed to be used in all environments and across the full spectrum of light conditions. It shared that the technology adds detail and dimension to the wearer’s visual field.

The Lumalens sunglasses are available in a variety of base tints such as brown, grey and rose, as well as G15 green, which is available with mirror coating options.

Global brand director of Dragon Alliance, Lauren Makofske, said: “As a leader in the performance and lifestyle eyewear category, the expansion of our exclusive Lumalens technology into our sunwear collection allows us to take another major step forward to enhance our offering across multiple categories.”

“The expansion of our exclusive Lumalens technology into our sunwear collection allows us to take another major step forward”

Global brand director of Dragon Alliance, Lauren Makofske

Eyewear: Designer style

Dunelm Optical has launched its autumn 2019–2020 catalogue of eyewear, which features over 50 new frames.

It includes eyewear by brands such as Julian Beaumont, Whiz Kids and Ascari, as well as Joseph, Paul Costelloe and Freya.

Glazing is available across all of Dunelm Optical’s ranges with single vision prescription glazing available on selected brands.

Dunelm Optical highlighted that seven models have been added to the designer Freya range, including ‘Gillian’ (pictured below).

‘Gillian’ is available in three colour options: pink marble, onyx and crystal clear, which is a translucent acetate frame in a cat’s eye shape with a metal bridge and sides.

Gillian Dunelm’s Freya brand
‘Gillian’ from Dunelm’s Freya brand

Eyewear: Sporty chic

Marcolin has launched a new pair of Guess sunglasses and renewed its partnership with the Get In Touch Foundation to create a capsule collection.

The eyewear company said that the sunglasses (pictured below) have a sporty chic look; The frames are a pilot-shaped wraparound style with a crystal-effect, grey toned, silver mirror lens.

Its top bar includes a new visor that features the Guess logo, which also appears of the sides of the frame.

Marcolin and Guess capsule collection for the Get In Touch Foundation is designed to raise awareness of breast cancer and educate women of all ages to carry out self-examinations.

The range features a pair of spectacles and sunglasses that feature the breast cancer ribbon in rose gold metal and both frames are available with a pink case.

Guess sunglasses
Marcolin’s new Guess sunglasses

3D: Colour contrast

Neubau has launched two 3D printed spectacles that are inspired by retro styles.

The ‘Max & Theo 3D’ (pictured below) frames have a two-tone style that is created by the contrast of colour 3D applications against a stainless steel frame.

‘Max 3D’ is a 1960s-inspired women’s frame that has a cat’s eye shape whole ‘Theo 3D’ is a 1980s-inspired frame with a sporty look.

Neubau highlighted that the 3D printed spectacles provide style and quality to the wearer. It added that 3D printing keeps surplus materials to a minimum because of the laser printing techniques used.

Max and Theo 3D frames
Neubau’s ‘Max & Theo 3D’

OCT: Improved quality

Zeiss has launched its new optical coherence tomography (OCT) device, the Cirrus 6000 (pictured below).

The Zeiss Cirrus 6000 is capable of capturing 100,000 A-Scans per second and is 270% faster than previous generations of the OCT, the equipment manufacturer reported.

Zeiss explained that faster image capture results in more image detail and improved quality due to fewer motion artefacts. Practitioners are also able to transfer raw patient data from previous models of the device.

President of Carl Zeiss Meditec, Dr Ludwin Monz, said: “The Cirrus 6000 addresses the challenges faced by eye care professionals, enabling them to maximise time while maintaining a high standard of care.”

Zeiss Cirrus 6000
The Cirrus 6000

Spectacles: Condensed milk

Fleye Copenhagen has launched its Nordic Light collection of spectacles, which is inspired by the Skagen Painters.

The range has been designed to reflect the group of painters’ composition of colours and light in the northern village of Skagen in Denmark, the eyewear company explained.

Fleye Copenhagen’s design team experimented with solid, transparent and glossy surfaces to see how the surfaces interacted with each other and with light.

The team also explored the effect of light on liquids such as nail polish, toothpaste and lotions. They discovered that condensed milk combined with solid, transparent gelatin when mixed with colour paste creates “texture, contrast and depth to a blank canvas.”

These concepts have been applied to the new eyewear range, which features materials such as acetate, carbon, wood and beta-titanium.

Fleye Copenhagen
‘Jessie’ from Fleye Copenhagen’s Nordic Light collection

Eyewear: Artistic stripe

Cutler and Gross has launched the new autumn/winter Paul Smith eyewear collection.

The fashion brand’s second range of spectacles and sunglasses was handcrafted in the Italian Dolomites.

The eyewear company highlighted metal and acetate combination frames have been designed with adjustable nose pads.

Cutler and Gross explained that colourways have been carefully selected to translate Paul Smith’s love of colour into the frames, which is evident in new features such as coloured supra cords and two-tone lenses.

Some styles, such as ‘Anderson’ (pictured below), in the collection pair classic tortoiseshell colouring with Paul Smith’s artistic stripe on the back of the frame.

Anderson turtle frame
‘Anderson’ from the new autumn/winter Paul Smith by Cutler and Gross collection

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