The World’s Most Expensive and Exclusive Eyewear
As the world’s most expensive glasses will be launched this Sunday, Kipp takes a look at some of the most expensive and exclusive eyewear.
May 10, 2012 4:21 by Jyothi M.V.
Cost: Dh1.5 million
Designed by: De Rigo Vision.
To be showcased at The One and Only Royal Mirage on May 14th 2012, these Jewel sunglasses by Swiss Luxury House Chopard are made of 60 grams of 24 carat gold and decorated with 51 full-cut 4-carat River diamonds. A “C” is engraved on arms of the glasses. And with a price tag like that, Kipp won’t be surprised if it will soon enter the Guinness Book of World records as the most expensive and precious sunglasses in the world.
Cost: $386,609 (1,419,821.55 AED)
Designed by: D&G
Launched in 2008, these brown-tinted shades are framed in real gold and have their famous logo “D&G” in diamonds on both arms.
Cost: € 150,000 (Dh713,984.84 )
Designed by Opti Jewel, there are only 125 pairs of these limited edition sunglasses available world-wide. Hand made with gold or platinum, the affluent purchaser of these glasses has the option of adding diamonds to the pair. Should you fancy a little bling, you could opt for the diamond studded pair which are covered in a total of 4.12 carats of 65 diamonds, delivered with Certificate of Authenticity.
Cost: US$74,872 (Dh275,000)
Designed by CliC eyewear inventor Ron Lando and eyewear designer Hugh Power, the CliC glasses clip at the bridge of the nose using magnets. Talk about a major, ‘ouch’ thinks Kipp. Complete with 18-carat gold, a sapphire and a diamond, these optics are available at Jaber Opticals at the Dubai Mall.
Cost: $200,000 (Dh734,500)
Designed by: Shiels Jewelers,based in Adelaide, Australia.
Inspired by the Roman emperor Nero, who supposedly used to watch gladiators fight through polished emeralds hollowed-out-like-lenses, these frames are made of 18-carat gold studded with diamonds. The lens is made of a hollowed out emerald which took five years to source and almost three months to shape, polish and cut. Although, Albert Bensimon, the Managing Director of Shiels, has already found a potential buyer who is also an International star, he refused to reveal further details of the buyer. Kipp has our suspicions about the potentially Middle Eastern origins of said buyer…
Cost: $65,000 (Dh238,712.50)
Designed by: Franco, Los Angeles, CA.
The jewel encrusted collection set comes with pave set diamonds and technologically advanced lenses.
Cost: $25,000 (Dh91,812.50)Designed by: Cartier-ParisOf course, Cartier would feature in this list! Kipp likes these 1980’s inspired glasses with frames made from black plastic trimmed in 18 carat gold with a total of 188 diamonds in excess of 7.5 carats.
Cost: £26,000 (Dh154,042.85)
Designed by: At the 2011 Geneva Motor Show, Bentley introduced their own limited edition sunglasses, which was designed in collaboration with eyewear manufacturer Estede. Reportedly, 25 of the platinum version and 70 of the 18-carat yellow gold, rose gold and white gold versions have been sold to date. You can also get your personal details (like initials or numbers) engraved on the frames for an extra charge.
Cost: $15,700 (Dh57,658.25)
Designed by: Sanjay Shah and conceptualized by Dr Chandrashekhar Chawan.
We have our reservations of how these look, but these luxury contacts have been crafted with diamonds and gold. Weighing about 5 grams and placed “6mm and 9mm away from the cornea” which also holds water at the front to ensure that your eyes don’t feel any irritation.
For those who’d like to go with a cheaper option, there are contact lenses (gold and UV-diamond) created by InnoVison (a South Korean company), that are priced at $50 (Dh 183.63) for gold lenses and $60 ( Dh 220.35) for UV-diamond lenses that sparkle like diamonds under UV light.
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