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Opinions on these Rimless Glasses

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by tedbearz, May 16, 2006.

  1. tedbearz

    tedbearz Senior member

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    More traditional

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    More sporty

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  2. skalogre

    skalogre Senior member

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    You know, I find the shape of the former sleeker and more modern than the second, but I like the metal on the latter.
     
  3. Arethusa

    Arethusa Senior member

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    You can get those Silhouettes in many different lens shapes, including more modern ones. These are my current glasses. [​IMG]
     
  4. tedbearz

    tedbearz Senior member

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    I was looking into ones you have 7474 but the available frame sizes were too big. I need something 46/47.

    Does anyone know if rimless frames are all the same size?

    Basically looking for a rimless frame that I can wear in the office as well as outside.
     
  5. Keith T

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    I personally prefer the shape of the "sporty" lenses, but not the thicker metal. Basically the opposite of skalgore [​IMG]
     
  6. stach

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    They chip very easily.
     
  7. rogerm

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    I think the first one (the Silhoette) is a great example of a classic rimless pair of glasses, and the second one is a little sportier looking.

    I've been eyewear shopping this past week and I came across a pair of rimless Tag Heuer glasses that I think are worth mentioning. They are similar to the second pair you have pictured. What's different with the Tag rimless is that the y are flexible (so they don't break) and the material gets "sticky" if you sweat so they don't dall off your face. Really worth a look!
     
  8. Hanseat

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    Several points on Silhouette: I got mine 4 months ago and totally love them. I sometimes forget that I wear them, never have the feeling that I might lose them (and I do a lot of sport- just came back from a good tennis match where naturally you run a lot and other glasses would 'jump' a bit around). I could get them in different sizes (they have tons of 'bridges' [the thing with the pads where it lies on your nose]) so that should not be a problem. Also the new colors are pretty cool. Make sure though that you get them properly fitted- my otometrist took about 30 minutes until they were a perfect fit. Regarding the chipping: I got Rodenstock Perfalit 1.6 glasses, which are thinner, a lot less prone to breaking and have the cool lotus coating so you almost don't have to clean them (or just wipe over them once and they're clean). Thumbs up for that, these were specially designed for rimless glasses. [​IMG] -------- Arethusa, you are not german by any chance, are you? These glasses aspecially with the shape of the glasses is very typical for glasses germans wear. That's how I always make them out- in fact I know that those are refferd to as 'glasses for germans' as in many other countries they go in and out of style but here they just stick around. I did that little experiment and was right in about 4/5 cases when abroad.
     
  9. Mute

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    I really love my Silhouette glasses. I have the model with the plastic nose bridge and temple pieces (Minimal X, I believe) and they are comfortable and light as a feather. I don't even notice them when I wear them.
     
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    Arethusa, you are not german by any chance, are you? These glasses aspecially with the shape of the glasses is very typical for glasses germans wear. That's how I always make them out- in fact I know that those are refferd to as 'glasses for germans' as in many other countries they go in and out of style but here they just stick around. I did that little experiment and was right in about 4/5 cases when abroad.

    Germans also seem to have a penchant for tinted lenses in somewhat uncommon colors.
     
  11. Hanseat

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    Yeah, but you really don't see that as much anymore as you used to.

    At least we're all having glasses that have a decent antireflection coating, which for some reason many americans don't have. This might account for some of the weird color from certain angles (a bit of green or purple).
     
  12. tedbearz

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    Hanseat do you know the model# of your frames? Thanks
     
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    [​IMG]

    What about something like this?

    EDIT: Disclaimer for shameless plug. I bought these for a forum member at discount, but he decided they dont work with his current financial welfare.
     
  14. Arethusa

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    Arethusa, you are not german by any chance, are you? These glasses aspecially with the shape of the glasses is very typical for glasses germans wear. That's how I always make them out- in fact I know that those are refferd to as 'glasses for germans' as in many other countries they go in and out of style but here they just stick around. I did that little experiment and was right in about 4/5 cases when abroad.
    Heh. I am not. Half Vietnamese, born in California, I'm afraid. Wasn't aware they were seen as so distinctly German, though I suppose that makes sense, in a way. I think Silhouettes may be a bit more in style in the US, currently, but I don't really follow trends. Personally, I've been a little unhappy, actually, with my pair. The tension in the arms isn't balanced, which pushes them to one side. I really need to see what I can do with the warranty.
     
  15. kdsvs

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    I like the Starck ones more than the first two.
    The second pair from the original post is too sporty, with arms that are more suitable for sunglasses.
    I don't like rimless frames with ultra-thin arms - I find they make a person look too old and/or feminine. Rimless frames and thin arms can't hide the fact that one is wearing glasses.
     
  16. Flip

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    I've had my Silhouette frames for 6+ years and never a problem.

    You could never had convinced me of that when I first bought them.
     
  17. whoopee

    whoopee Senior member

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    Cartier make some nice ones, too.
     
  18. Hanseat

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    Ho,

    Atethusa, you should see your optometrist on that (the arms should be forming a staight line back from the angle). What I did is I got a bit (+ 1mm, I think) of extra on both sides of the glasses plus a larger bridge.

    The thing is that you likely won't get anything from Silhouette as the frame is just fine, the optometrist screwed it up by not balancing it correctly. Maybe you can work it out with him (sometimes they have a 100% satisfaction guarantee or the manufacturer of the glasses does [Rodenstock gives you this nice little extra insurance, if you lose them within two years you get 50% back; new glasses with the same correction if there is a problem with the glasses).

    In any case I think a new bridge should be able to fix this.

    On the shape of the glasses- my optometrist told me they could do anything you wanted not just the standard Silhouette shapes (about 15- 20). He had one customer that wanted triangular glasses and got them...

    The frame number is 7511 then comes a 40, then 6082, then 19 (square box) 60. This does not refer to the shape of the glasses though!
     
  19. tedbearz

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    [​IMG]

    What about something like this?

    EDIT: Disclaimer for shameless plug. I bought these for a forum member at discount, but he decided they dont work with his current financial welfare.



    Wow that is exactly what I am looking for. Anybody know where I can buy that model. Can't find it anywhere on the web.
     
  20. SGladwell

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    I've had my Silhouette frames for 6+ years and never a problem.

    You could never had convinced me of that when I first bought them.


    Ditto on both counts.

    Silhouettes rock. They're the most comfortable glasses I've ever owned, they shrug it off if you fall asleep on them, and despite their size/mass they can support basically any lens size. If modern cars were designed as well as Silhouettes the vintage car market would crash to nothingness.

    I like the way they look too, though I agree with the person above who noted that the wide arc of their no-hinge sides does look a little Teutonic. Especially if they're in a funky color.
     

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