1970-2000 : k8358
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product code : k8358 : £ 695
  • Never worn 1980's/90's gold frame by CARTIER
    marked with CARTIER signature logo and PARIS
    MADE IN FRANCE and serial number

  • Can be glazed with Rx or sunglasses lenses.

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  • Cartier the jewellers started in 1899 and in 1904, Louis Cartier was

    working with watchmaker Edmond Jaeger to develop the 'Santos',

    their first modern watch for men, designed for his friend the Brazilian

    aviator Alberto Santos-Dumont. The airman wanted to be able to tell

    the time while he was flying. By 1911 it was produced for sale to the

    public. In 1978, the 'Santos' watch in gold and steel was introduced,

    with its framing of tiny jeweller's screws, and became a design landmark.

    In 1983, Cartier launched both their 'Must' and 'Vendome' spectacles

    and this is the spectacle design 'Santos' - seen here in a 1985 adver-

    tisement
    . The aviator shape continues the tribute to Alberto Santos-

    Dumont and on the bridge and hinges are the iconic jeweller's screws in

    gold on steel, from the 'Santos' watch design. This is 22ct gold-plated,

    made by the world's greatest jewellers and probably the ultimate luxury

    eyewear for men. It is exceptional to find a never worn pair and with its

    original Cartier display lenses. Perhaps you'll feel as Christopher Walken

    did in 1985 when he first put them as Max Zorin in the James Bond film,

    A View To A Kill
    . We think the size we have - 56mm lenses - may be

    smaller than Zorin's but we're not sure, and he either had two pairs: as

    sunglasses and glasses but it's more likely that it was the one Santos,

    fitted with prescription photochromic lenses which darken in the sunlight.

    These glasses were only made until the mid-1990's and their rarity, value

    and quality have made them one of the top collectables in men's vintage

    eyewear. And as a men's accessory. Superb.

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vintage eyewear : unisex : Never worn 1980's90's Vendome Santos by CARTIER (FRANCE)
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