product code : k5608 :
It may have been the 1984 Winter Olympics that sent Vuarnet
and in particular
the original '002' into the popularity stratosphere
- but these French sunglasses were around long before that. It
actually started with 'Skilynx' lenses, invented in 1957 by Roger
Pouilloux and Joseph Hatchiguian and used by Olympic skier Jean
Vuarnet in 1960. As he won the gold in the downhill, he was signed
up and thus the brand 'Vuarnet' was born. By the '84 Olympics,
the unisex Ray-Ban Wayfarers (another old design, dating from
1958) and Vuarnets were competing with each other, but far many
more people bought Wayfarers as they were a third of the price of
Sir Mick Jagger could afford a pair. Also, Vuarnet
were dedicated to sports and their lenses were necessarily expensive.
This 002 is fitted with SKILYNX 4000, making it a '4002'; the double-
gradient mirror coating is "effective for climbing and water activities"
and that amber yellow base enhances contrast and depth of field.
Of course they filter out all UV rays and Vuarnet would add that are
made from "...the finest glass, ground and polished on both sides to
ensure distortion free vision, and are heat tempered for impact and
scratch resistance..." We have
an original Vuarnet advertisement
from 1985 for the now-iconic 002. Due to this status and the
stopping of production back in the 1990's, it was recently re-made.
It has the same shape and nylon frame but sadly, the lenses are not
mineral glass, but plastic. Why not then have the authenticity,
performance and looks of the amazing originals?