If you’ve ever wondered if Leica is a little preoccupied with creating overly expensive items for people with too much money, you might be interested to check out their new sunglasses.
Leica recently announced its partnership with sunglasses manufacturer MYKITA and news of the highly-engineered eyewear has emerged. If artisanal sunglasses are your thing, you may wish to pre-order.
Leica’s press release announces two flavors: the first is a “pure stainless steel concept,” while the second is described as a “hybrid” because the frames comprise two different materials.
These hybrid frames include a “top bar” which “closes the gap between the frame and the wearer’s brow to protect eyes from overhead sun rays, mirroring the function of a camera lens hood.” It’s thought that Leica’s use of the lens hood mirrors the function of another groundbreaking piece of technology — the hat — which anthropologists believe was designed by early man to mirror the function of a hand being held to one's forehead.
Of course, it's easy to poke fun. These glasses are no doubt handcrafted to an incredibly high standard, taking advantage of Leica's ability to do nice things with glass. Prices are yet to be announced.
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