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Top: Persol’s ultra-rare solid gold-trimmed special 100th anniversary aviators are retailing in store and online at Saks Fifth Avenue. Bottom: Persol's special edition 6649S designer sunglasses in red tortoise shell and blue-tinted lense colour way. — AFP picTop: Persol’s ultra-rare solid gold-trimmed special 100th anniversary aviators are retailing in store and online at Saks Fifth Avenue. Bottom: Persol's special edition 6649S designer sunglasses in red tortoise shell and blue-tinted lense colour way. — AFP picNEW YORK, June 18 — To mark its centennial, the Italian eyewear label is launching a collector’s item. To grab one of 200 numbered, handcrafted pairs of Persol’s 18-carat gold trimmed aviators, head to Saks Fifth Avenue.

These precious limited edition Pilot sunglasses, featuring solid gold, cafe-hued acetate frames and turquoise blue polarised crystal lenses offering 100 per cent UV protection will set you back US$2,770 (RM11,845).

Adorned with details such as the “750 gold” marking on the arm, the Persol centennial date and the limited edition certification engraved in gold on the inside of the temples, this new design is among summer’s most prestigious eye candy.

The ultra luxe 100th anniversary 9649SG model is available at select Saks Fith Avenue boutiques and globally via Saks online store.

If bling isn’t your thing, Persol has released a less embellished limited edition design of the iconic 6649S model. The lighter, sleeker frames in red tortoise shell/blue-tinted polarised lenses or yellow tortoise shell/green polarised lenses are also now on sale.

Prior to attracting a movie star following including Steve McQueen, Marcello Mastroianni and Ornella Muti, Persol founder and keen photographer Giuseppe Ratti honed his eyewear expertise making sunglasses for the Armed Forces in the US and Italy, and Turin tram drivers in the late 50s.

Silver flex arrow hinging and the patented “Meflecto” flexible stem system are hallmarks of the brand whose name means “for the sun” in Italian. — AFP-Relaxnews

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