Fellow four-eyes, take note: eyewear can be sexy and stylish.
The Swiss brand Von Arkel, founded in 2014, is relatively new to the luxury scene, but it’s been attracting attention due to its horological approach to craftsmanship.
CEO Christophe Kozma took inspiration from his country’s strong horological history and designed glasses that combine Swiss watchmaking’s savoir faire with the latest ergonomic technology.
“Our team believes that the main inspiration is a mix of Swiss values and watchmaking,” he says.
“Swiss people do not speak much, but when we say something it should be meaningful and concise. You should see the same in our products – not too much decoration, just what is necessary to have design that is simple and pure.”
The glasses’ design is notable in that the hinges require no screws nor soldering – a feature that the brand lauds as unique. The frame is made of titanium, which accounts for its lightness and durability.
“The simplicity of Von Arkel’s monobloc design, without any screws or soldering, and without any chemical treatment, was the first element of design, with an eco-sustainable frame drawn straight onto the titanium,” Kozma says.
“The perfect frame is its balance, its comfort, its design and especially its identity. Choosing a frame means knowing who you are and how you want to be seen by others. Your spectacles disclose part of your personality, your identity, your style and mainly your values.”
The company’s Calibre 8.0 line avoids all friction within the titanium parts and is therefore wear-free, while the Calibre 9.0, which will be available soon, is composed of only two parts and allows for easy assembling, as well as a simultaneous fixture of the lenses and temples thanks to a double lock mechanism.
“Von Arkel uses all the excellence of Swiss watchmaking in [its] eyewear,” Kozma says. “The patented hinges have a distinctive DNA marked by micro [mechanics] and innovation.
“Our ‘Swiss Made’ hinge is key in our design and in our whole project.”
Von Arkel’s new collection will be available in Hong Kong this month through Leo Optic and Nice Optical.