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When Louis Cartier imagined  the  first panther décor in 1914, his inspiration was Jeanne Toussaint, or “la panthère”as she was known.  His muse was enlightened, refined  and sophisticated.

Many Cartier models featuring her namesake feline emblem are available at Josephson Opticians’ locations throughout Toronto. They including a new, sleek aviator shaped sunglass featuring a  mirror effect on the lenses flashed with yellow gold.   The eyes and 23 spots on each head are lacquered by hand and precious metals adorn the metal décor.

We invite you to view the full range of Cartier’s luxury eyewear at our York Mills. Humbertown and Flagship locations.

 

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Glamourous Glasses

15 Sep
2016

The caption from this Sept. 10, 1980 photo reads: It was fun all round at the Toronto Festival Of Festivals ’50s rock ‘n’ roll party at the Masonic Temple on Yonge St. last night, One of the biggest names to show up at beer and hot dog bash following premiere of the movie Suzanne was actor Jack Lemmon, accompanied by his Canadian co-star in the movie Tribute, Kim Cattrall (left), and Bulgarian actress Irena Maleeva (right). (DOUG GRIFFIN/TORONTO STAR ARCHIVES)

Since its inception in 1976, the “Festival Of Festivals” has grown and evolved into the much revered “Toronto International Film Festival”.  Respected cinephile Roger Ebert had suggested our film festival was second only to Cannes in importance and influence internationally.  It has also facilitated the screening  of Canadian made films and the promotion of local talent over four decades.

For those of you queuing up for a TIFF premiere or just heading out  to the grocer, Josephson Opticians offers you two options of  glamorous glasses appropriate for either occasion!

Flattering and flirtatious,  this new offering from  Cartier incorporates the Trinity motif which originated as a ring design in 1924.  Three interlocking bands of pink, white and yellow gold adorn the temple of this sophisticated model.

The unique twisted temple is die-stamped under extreme pressure, rather than die cast,  to ensure its durability.  Precious two-toned gold and palladium finishes overlay the metal alloy base of the frame chassis. This luxurious and alluring piece is evocative of old Hollywood glamour and the timeless elegance associated with the Maison Cartier.

Worthy of equal consideration, this  model from Anne et Valentin’s CinemaScope collection  subverts the equation of glamour with glitz. Featuring bezeled surfaces of contrasting matte and gloss surfaces, this interpretation of glamour is contemporary and free of cliché.

Josephson Opticians offers you these glamorous options and more at our locations throughout Toronto.

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The Clear Advantage

09 Jan
2016

During the hours of reduced light throughout our bleak mid-winter, a revolutionary lens treatment now exists which can enhance your visual experience as you revel in the sun’s rays.

Premium brands Cartier and Chrome Hearts now offer sunglass models featuring patented NIR Technology.  The goal of diffusing and eliminating reflections within a lens was first pursued  in the 1980’s. A prototype was produced in the 1990’s, but until now limitations  in fabrication technology restricted production of non-image reflecting lenses.

Santos de Cartier Aviator in a brushed ruthenium finish with blue PVD  screws and leather brow accessory.

A revolutionary process  reduces internal reflections and sharpens clarity, despite the clouded, opaque appearance of the lens.  The technology is enclosed within the lens  to protect it from scratching or exposure to harmful environmental conditions.

Chrome Hearts’ P. Donner featuring butterscotch tortoise coloured zyl and .925 sterling silver décor.

NIR lenses have oleophobic coatings on the front and back surfaces to resist oil and moisture and to make cleaning easier. The result is a durable lens with outstanding optics and a unique “matted mirror” or satin finish appearance. NIR lenses are made of CR-39 material and block 100% of harmful UV light.

We invite you to experience the exceptional clarity provided by these lenses at  Josephson Opticians’ locations featuring  Cartier and Chrome Hearts Eyewear.

 

 

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With exceptional attention to detail and precision Cartier’s master craftsmen produce luxury eyewear to the highest standards.  The models within the  Panthère Wild de Cartier collection incorporate  iconic motifs unique to the venerated design house.

The injection molded panthère  heads are hand lacquered, liquid polished and galvanized. Each gold finished decor features 17 black spots and a pair of emerald green eyes.  Sculpted metal temples complement these embellishments.  The acetate fronts of the frames are hand polished.

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A variety of these  exquisite and luxurious frames are available to be appreciated and purchased at our Humbertown, York Mills and Flagship locations.

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The Great Escape

22 Jan
2014

If  you require a reprieve from the bleak midwinter , this ‘pilot’ could spirit you away on a flight of fancy!

  Crafted in limited edition by the venerated Maison Cartier, this exceptional frame  features fine modern lines, subtle brown calfskin and polarized lenses  treated with a champagne golden finish.

  Consider it’s merits before your departure!   One  is currently on view  at our flagship location.

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Rare and Refined

19 Nov
2013

A new addition to our selection of Cartier frames is a handsome and exceptional sunglass. Crafted from the burl wood of a tree native to the Ambon Island in Indonesia, the temples of this model feature a distinctive tangled vain. The rare grain of the wood is complimented by the smooth champagne gold finish of the C Decor at the hinge.

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Amboyna burls yield very peculiar and highly figured wood.  The beauty of  this highly prized material  is most commonly  featured in examples of  exquisite marquetry. 

Campaign Secretary of Exotic Amboyna and Ivory inlay c.1820-40. Image sourced from 1stdibs.com

Campaign Secretary of Exotic Amboyna and Ivory inlay c.1820-40. Image sourced from 1stdibs.com

An  alternative to the precious Cartier frame which features a faux burl motif is produced by the French  eyewear company Vue dc…   The rich red colour and grain-like pattern  of this  zyl  frame are  equally exceptional .

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Artisanal Cat Eye

05 Sep
2013

The  panther is the most recognizable  animal motif associated with the venerated  house of  Cartier.  A pattern based on the the cat’s spotted coat was first incorporated as a design element on a wrist watch in 1914.

Jeanne Toussaint c.1920  Cartier's director of fine jewelry from 1933

Jeanne Toussaint c.1920
Cartier’s director of fine jewelry from 1933

Due to her elegant and independent nature ‘the Panther ‘ was also the nickname of  Jeanne Toussaint, one of the house’s legendary designers .  Under her influence the Cartier jewelers were the first to explore femininity through the metaphor of the panther.  It’s effigy continues to adorn the houses’ sumptuous  jeweler and eyewear.

The most currant appearance of the panther’s head is as a unique decor  found on a new collection of sunglasses now in stock at our stores.

Inspired by a famous ring featuring the same chiseled lines, the injection molded head decors feature 23 hand lacquered black spots and  green eyes.  The meticulously hand polished  and assembled metal frame components are each plated in a palladium layer and finished in either gold or platinum. The rectangular and cat eye shaped  frames are crafted of tortoiseshell, burgundy and black acetate.

  These expressions of the spirit of the panther are sure to charm!

 

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