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Opchat Magazine New products and services pagesNew Products and Services, October to December 2018


Night time driving lens brings better vision
Tom Davies reveals New Ready to Wear Collection.
New Sunglass Collection Launch from Mondottica
Komono Opticals fall/winter 2018/19
New Kaos collection: shake your brain, shake your style!
Xavier Garcia launches new AW 18/19 Collection.
Read the archived products and services news from the 3rd quarter 2018

Night time driving lens brings better vision

October 2018

Dazzling glare from oncoming vehicles at night is being alleviated by an innovative spectacle lens, Somerset drivers are finding.

Graham Wild of R Frith OpticiansThe rising prevalence of LED car lights is leading more people to seek help from their optician, with some fearing they will have to give up night driving because of glare in low light, said Graham Wild, Dispensing Optician at Robert Frith Opticians.

Amongst those benefitting from the fine – almost imperceivable – fine grid design of Vista Mesh lenses is Teresa Dyer who had been troubled by night time glare and by low, bright, winter sunshine.

The lenses brought instant improvement for the retired garden centre employee from Castle Cary –

“The lenses worked straight away. Now I don’t have to worry about my vision as either a driver or a passenger. The lenses have removed the glare and sharp reflections that troubled me. I wear varifocal lenses anyway and the new lenses are made with the Vista Mesh filter. My vision is also a lot better for TV and the lenses are really helping my migraines.”

Graham added –

“We use the lens a lot, particularly for the increasing number of patients who come into the practice at this time of the year with driving vision problems. Some have even considered giving up driving at night but Vista Mesh has changed that – the lens really works for a lot of people. We don’t know exactly quite why, but it reduces a lot of visual stress.

“We have been dispensing the lens for two years and it really seems to boost confidence for night time driving, which is an issue for many people. The lenses subdue the intensity of light reaching the eye, help with contrast and so the eye recovers much more quickly from visual stress.” The lenses are supplied by Norville.

Tom Davies reveals New Ready to Wear Collection.

October 2018

TD 449 from Tom Davies Ready to WearTom Davies unveils new ready-to-wear collection.

These composite frames feature an ion plated titanium frame with an acetate top rim.
The temple arms are made of polished titanium or acetate depending on the specific frame in the collection.

Design Details
This collection is based on a limited edition collection from 2014 which is still one of the most popular in the range.

The frames are a combination of pure bloc titanium, engraved with a detailed filigree pattern on the bridge and set into high grade acetate.

The new ready-to-wear collection is available in a wide range of colours.

The collection is also available for custom fittings.

Tom Davies: “I designed a collection called Manhattan whilst in New York a few years ago. I remember sitting in my hotel room at the St Giles Hotel surrounded by the tall skyscrapers. The combination of red bricks and 1920s metal structures inspired me to create this unique frame. After many requests I’ve decided to bring back this style with a few updates for my new ready- to- wear collection.”

The new ready-to-wear collection will be available in October 2018 at selected optical retailers worldwide.

New Sunglass Collection Launch from Mondottica for Optics in 2019

October 2018

Introducing the first United Colors of Benetton sunglass offering designed, produced and distributed by Mondottica: there is a frame to fit everyone within this inaugural collection - a true celebration of self-expression for men and women across the globe, achieved with a refreshing approach to design and Benetton’s trademark use of colour.

Beneton from MondotticaInspired by a symphony of hues that symbolically celebrate global diversity, the Italian brand leverages on its unique DNA and reinterprets the finest eyewear designs of the last fifty years into iconic eye shapes for every day wear.

Comfort is maximised across all frames via soft adjustable temples and nose-pads made from premium materials to ensure the perfect fit as well as durability. Practicality is in the form of colourful boxed cases that can be easily stacked and displayed in any retail space, and feature the style on the front for a striking visual impact.

Boasting a retro inspired, flattering pilot shape and a super flat bridge, BE5003 is available in black and tortoiseshell, as well as crystal with a frosted finish and a pop of bright colour on the mirrored lenses.

Quirky and fun, BE5006 is a feminine option with an exaggerated oval silhouette inspired by popular styles from the 90’s. Here the colour palette ranges from chalk white to tortoiseshell with gold mirrored lenses to black with tonal smoky lenses for maximum glamour.

Available in a wide variety of colours such as sky blue, candy pink and military green to suit all face shapes and skin tones, BE5010 is slightly oversized and surprisingly lightweight, while BE5013 boasts contrasting rubber temples to ensure maximum grip.

With its colour at the heart of the collection, Benetton have taken iconic shapes and made them universal, revitalising the way the next generation choose their sunglasses.

The collection is available in a selected network of Benetton stores now and will be available globally in independent and chain opticians from the beginning of 2019.

Komono Opticals fall/winter 2018/19

October 2018

FW 18 from Komono
Blink and you’ll miss it. Breathe and it’s already gone.

The moment that your vision shifts from blurred to sharp, the moment everything comes into focus.

KOMONO takes a serene approach to prescription frames for Fall/Winter 2018.

Inspired by architectural structures and the 'less is more’ concept, the new Opticals collection is all about clean lines and design.

With a lightweight and minimalist modern aesthetic, the Elementary Collection grows with new stainless steel frames with a bold stripped-back vibe.

KOMONO showcases their innovative interpretation of trends and shapes in the brand-new Olivia and Raphaël styles. Other interesting additions are the unisex models Conrad and Yoko, both round frames with strong identity.

For those that prefer acetate, the new Opticals collection features gentle colorways like natural and earthy hues that, reflecting the “True Colors” approach to the season, exude calm confidence.

New Kaos collection: shake your brain, shake your style!

October 2018

An unexpected mix of bold colors and surprising details characterizes the new KAOS collection, an Area98 brand dedicated to creativity and transgression, conceived for those who are young, cosmopolitan, always on the move and who love to experience strong emotions.

Kaos 437The combination of the various elements of the design is transformed into an innovative and extravagant form of expression, totally unconventional.

That dynamic and exuberant spirit who chooses KAOS, in fact, does not want to go unnoticed but rather wants to give a "shock" to his/her style. And it is in this "apparent chaos" that the new frames are identified, never commonplace and always ironic. (Mod KK437 Right)

The colour, as always the main inspiring element of the collection, is flanked by original decorations, unusual laminations and sharp contrasts that give life to contemporary and easy-to-wear frames with a strong character.

Kaos 436Quite particular is the seam effect proposed on the temples of various models as if to remember how KAOS wishes to break the patterns but at the same time knows how to "sew" together the most different styles:

We find it in its most simple and linear shape in the wide square KK436 model (left) and in the two-color version, with a more complex weave, both in the round model with a key-shaped bridge, the KK440, and in the combined model available, the KK441.

The inserts that give a studded effect on the KK438 and KK439 cat models, which are applied at the hinges, give personality to the temples.

Kaos 435In the first proposal, entirely in acetate, the multicolored decorations are in contrast with the solid color base of the temple, while in the second model, combined, the elements are inserted on a base that has innovative patterns, to underline the brand’s total desire to dare.

Kaos 434

Multi-colored inserts also for the KK434 (left) and KK435 models (right) . The first one, with a thin profile, is also available in the glitter variant; the second one, with its more pronounced thicknesses and bolder lines, proposes a frontal which is the result of the combination of acetates with different motifs.

Xavier Garcia’s new collection is all about the material.

October 2018

Xavier Garcia AW 2018/19The colours and shapes of the frames work together to form timeless pieces.

Playing with the volumes and architecture, he fuses past references into new models, resulting in new vision of long-lasting trends.

The exibility of the acetate alongside the rigidity of the metal ensures each item in the collection is enduring, lightweight and easy to wear, as well as faithful to its strong personality.

Original and bright urban eyewear with colourful combinations and shapes inspired by the city and its constant movement. Each eyewear, in metal and in acetate is an object of design, created with the delicate combination of the contemporary and the classic.

Xavier Garcia Barcelona, a company marked by the character of the city of Barcelona and its local designer and artist, Xavier Garcia, is growing year after year in staff and turnover, exporting its essence and culture around the world through its signature collections.

Original and bright urban eyewear with colour combinations and shapes inspired by the city and its constant movement. Eyewear with a strong attitude to please the wearer; people aware of the urban character of a creative, authentic and maverick Barcelona.


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