Once upon a time, Titanium was the Holy Grail of metal frame materials. Incredibly light weight, exceptionally strong, hypoallergenic, it offered tremendous benefits. And, for a number of people with nickel allergies (10% of the population), it was the only metal frame they could wear successfully. I’m not sure what happened, but slowly the number of frames styles made in titanium dwindled to a very tiny fraction of the market, and virtually disappeared for women.
Charmant has recently turned that all around with the introduction of their Line Art series. Years in the design process, they came up with a new proprietary no-nickel titanium alloy that is highly flexible, has a “memory”, and is bio-compatible for people with nickel allergies. An entirely new method of laser welding was developed, allowing even the smallest parts to be welded without adverse impact to the adjoining metal.
That done, they turned to the design process. A unique blending of long and short arches allows the temples to flex and twist, with the “memory” metal springing it right back into shape.
The XL 2004, shown here, has a five-element temple with contrasting black and gold colors creating a beautiful and strikingly elegant design. Light and airy, strong and flexible – people will notice these glasses! The frames come in a variety of designs – semi-rimless, totally rimless, or a standard full frame, such as the one featured here. A thoughtful design, it will complement a variety of face shapes. The very thin metal won’t overwhelm the wearer’s features, but provide a perfect accent with the nicely arched brow, the subtle lift at the edges, and a bit of a straight line at the outside edge that keeps the face from being divided into unequal thirds.
So, if the perfect combination of light weight, strength, bio-compatibility and exceptional styling is what you are looking for, please stop in at your closest Charmant dealer location.
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