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From limited-edition frames to super-thin lenses, OT  rounds up the latest launches

18 Nov 2019 by Andrew McClean

Sunglasses: Gold crest

Maui Jim has launched a frame to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Manchester United’s treble-winning season in 1999.

The limited-edition acetate frame features a collage of images from the matches such as moments, tickets and icons.

Vice president of global marketing at Maui Jim, Jay Black, said: “We are excited to celebrate the success of Manchester United with the new Maui Jim ‘Treble’ style (pictured above). As the official vision partner of Manchester United, this style was designed to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the treble win and provide fans globally with the best premium, polarised sunglasses.”

‘Treble’ features the football club’s crest in gold on right side of the frame, which comes packaged in a collector’s box with a keepsake storybook, case and cleaning cloth.

“This style was designed to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the treble win and provide fans globally with the best premium, polarised sunglasses”

Vice president of global marketing at Maui Jim, Jay Black

Contact lens: Alginic acid

Seed has launched its daily disposable toric contact lens, Seed 1dayPure Moisture for Astigmatism (pictured below), in the UK.

The contact lens, which comes in packs of 32, is only available to registered eye care practitioners.

It is available in a wide parameter range, with sphere powers ranging from +5.00 to -10.00, with four choices of cylinder and four options of axis.

Seed explained that the contact lens achieves high levels of comfort by utilising alginic acid; a natural moisturising agent extracted from seaweed, which attracts moisture to the eye and retains tears on the surface of the lens.

It is manufactured from the Japanese contact lens company’s Seed Ionic Bond (SIB) material to ensure biocompatibility and keep dust and impurities away from the lens with positive and negative ions.

Seed contact lenses
Seed 1dayPure Moisture for Astigmatism

Spectacles: Vibrant colours

International Eyewear has launched new styles from its Eyestuff, Zoffani and Lulu Guinness brands.

Eyestuff’s ‘Frisbee’ frame is designed for fashion-focused teenagers and is available in purple and orange or blue and purple colour options.

The multi-layered acetate model is a minimalistic style that features a vibrant colour on the inside.

Zoffani’s two new styles for women are acetate models that feature Swarovski crystals with colour options burgundy or grey for ‘3108’ and brown or purple for ‘3109.’

New styles from the designer brand Lulu Guinness include ‘L921’ (pictured below), which is a cat’s eye shape inspired by 1950s trends.

It is a layered acetate model with a mottle-effect inside and a bevelled lug. Colour options include black and tortoiseshell or red and tortoiseshell.

Lulu Guinness L921
Lulu Guinness ‘L921’

Eyewear: Technical elements

Mondottica has launched the first eyewear collection from Italian sportswear brand Sergio Tacchini.

In the sunglasses collection there are three ranges: Green, which pays homage to the brand’s archive; Blue, which features classic styles inspired by the brand; and Red, which celebrates tennis and the technical elements of sportswear.

The Green range features sporty takes on the aviator shape with the acetate model ‘STGS1002’ (pictured below), which is a thick round frame with a double bridge and contrasting colours.

Sergio Tacchini’s collection of spectacles features “vintage references and a twist on the classics.”

Styles include ‘PDM014181,’ which is a vintage pilot shape inspired by the late 1970s. It has an acetate front and tips with metal sides and is available in navy, black and sporty tortoiseshell colour options.

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Sergio Tacchini ‘STGS1002’

Sunglasses: Beta titanium

Blackfin has launched four new sunglasses from its autumn/winter 2019–2020 collection.

‘Oshima’ (pictured below) has a thick titanium front with smoke lenses and a two-tone colour combination of matte black or white with polished silver.

The large round-shaped ‘Raven Bay’ has a vertically-cropped front and is available in two colour options, black with smoke grey lenses, or mud brown and metallic pink with gradient brown lenses.

In Blackfin’s Razor range, the two new sunglasses – ‘Zabriskie’ and ‘Zegama’ – are made of 1mm beta titanium that has been developed using micro-mechanical processes, custom engineered for each style.

Blackfin Oshima
‘Oshima’ by Blackfin

Eyewear: Complete package

Dunelm Optical has added six new frames to its Complete 2 collection, which offers “all-in glazed frame and lens” packages.

The package of 22 frames and lenses is available in a branded box that is designed to be kept separate from a practice’s main eyewear offering.

Product development director at Dunelm Optical, Oliver Beaumont, said: “Dunelm is proud to be one of the few independent frame and lens all-in glazed prescription houses, enabling us to offer this price conscious, return service Complete 2 frame and lens package. This is an extremely convenient and practical solution which suits many of our time precious clients. It makes perfect sense for both optician and customer.”

Dunelm Optical collection
‘Mod 10’ from Dunelm Optical’s Complete 2 collection

Lenses: Super-thin

Lenstec Optical Group’s Rawdon Optical has launched 1.74 and 1.67 indices for I-Focus DA.

It is designed for patients who require higher than average optical powers for vision correction and provides a thinner and more cosmetically appealing lens than standard aspheric 1.74 and 1.67 lenses.

The company explained that it has combined the most advanced lens design software with innovative semi-finished lens options.

General manager at Rawdon Optical, Scott Pearson, said: “I-Focus DA really shouts about how super-thin lenses can be achieved even on the most complex of prescriptions. It’s really important to be able to offer our customers what they need on a daily basis when challenged with difficult prescriptions, or patient needs, and manufacture our own high-quality digital lenses right here in the UK.”

Lenstec Aesthete
Lenstec has launched 1.74 and 1.67 indices for I-Focus DA

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