Safilo’s recent acquisition of Bergamo-based sun lens manufacturer Lenti has started to show technological and production benefits in the form of Beyond The Frame, a new initiative that puts sun lens design at the forefront of the frame’s aesthetic.

A series of decorative lenses sporting graphics, exclusive colours and new PVD, (Physical Vapour Deposition) mirror coatings will be seen on forthcoming collections from the likes of Carrera, Smith and Polaroid.

Graphic lenses feature shapes and three-dimensional prismatic or tactile effects, while three-colour or bi-colour shaded lenses can be found in certain collections. Shaded lens colourisation is obtained either by mixing dyes with the base material or by dipping the lenses in a coloured solution several times to vary the intensity of the desired colour.

Red HD Lenses, currently available on Carrera sunglasses, bolster the polarisation benefits on offer to patients through the use of a particular shade, which boasts a high-contrast and anti-reflection treatment, allowing colours to be seen more vividly thanks to a careful study of the spectrum curve. This particular colour also filters blue light to aid relaxation when using digital devices.

The company said new Chromapop lenses, currently featured on Smith sunglasses, filtered light at two specific wavelengths to eliminate colour confusion to the brain while providing a sharper, easier and faster visual experience. The result is an upgraded vision solution that offers instant advantage and higher confidence especially for sport performance.