ROLF SPECTACLES FLEXLOCK
INNOVATION DRIVER WITH (ONCE AGAIN) AWARDED TECHNOLOGY
In October 2017, ROLF SPECTACLES won the Silmo d’Or Award in the Technological Innovation category for what is now the third time. Is anyone surprised? Not really! Just the opposite: The award is quite a shoe-in, as the model behind their entry in the competition, the »Deville«, is based on the company’s innovative Flexlock technology blended with natural materials. Built on a multi-directional concept, the new hinge is bound to usher in a new era of ultra-resilient wooden frames.
Despite the brand-new hinge concept, ROLF remains true to its inherent product philosophy of using only 100-percent natural materials. The new hinge is entirely free of metal and, compared to conventional wooden models, offers an unprecedented level of flexibility. It is exactly this kind of flexibility that helps the multi-directional Flexlock hinges achieve such an improvement in stability. The hinge is able to balance impact from any direction without difficulty, almost Zen-like in its adjustments to flow. And how exactly does the new system achieve such a feat? The temples are connected to the frame via delicate engravings, which provide a secure fit in its closed position. At the same time, the design also allows for turning the temples in any direction, without fragmenting the surrounding hinge.
The key component tasked with bringing the temples back into their initial position is a natural rubber band, threaded through the hinge to form a secure connection between frames and temples. The band is available in three different levels of rigidity, allowing each wearer to choose their desired level of flexibility. The Flexlock construction is one of those designs that are so logical, one cannot help but wonder why it had not been invented earlier.
In order to take the novel concept to the test, the Austrian designers put the Flexlock hinges through 10,000 test cycles, before Roland Wolf and team awarded their own seal of approval. The new hinge breakthrough is once again proof that ROLF SPECTACLES is keeping its eye on the big picture: Creating eyewear that combines natural materials and high-grade construction processes into covetable objects of value. Objects that function exquisitely while making no compromises in terms of design language and aesthetics of form.
Seeing is believing and to anyone looking to experience the new hinges in action, we recommend a visit to the nearest ROLF optician who will be happy to provide a demo. Balanced, classical design with clear lines and a thin rim, produced from precious wood – award-winning technology has never looked this beautiful.
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